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Westpac Group Reviews

Updated 20 January 2019
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome culture
    Supportive management
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Outdated systems
    Slow technology
    Sometimes slow processes


  2. "Comfortable, well paid job with perks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westpac Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Action Groups
    Good pay/bonus/perks
    You can work with some very switched on people

    Cons

    Still very much an organisation run by older white men and senior women who have managed to muscle their way in to boys club, despite an active and I believe genuine effort to cultivate more diversity in leadership. A lot of the more senior employees are stuck in the 20th Century way of doing business, yet they are also the people running programs aimed at innovation etc. So it can be a little frustrating. But if you're in the right team it can be a really engaging and rewarding job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just abandon graduates after they leave the grad program - left to navigate the organisation by themselves after only 1-2 years your younger, high potential employees are are just getting lost in the politics of the organisation. Then they start to realise there's actually no logical path for their development, they don't have control over it and everybody is just looking out for themselves. So why should they come to work and put in their best effort when nobody notices or cares? Why stay? There is a lot of missed opportunity here.

  3. "Good people and good culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time

    Pros

    People are nice, and the culture is one where everyone helps each other.

    Cons

    Buffeted by external environment. Cost focus.


  4. "HR Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supports staff with Very Flexible Work Conditions

    Cons

    Internal advancement especially in Program Delivery is constituted in policy, however is not followed in real life, where contractors are all to often brought in for senior roles to the detriment of permanent employees seeking greater experience

    Advice to Management

    Support the implemented policies


  5. "scrum master"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time

    Pros

    large bank with lots of opportunities

    Cons

    dont execute large projects well


  6. "Mismanaged- lacking direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Risk Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Risk Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ideas within your own discipline easy to implement
    Personal and professional continuous improvement encouraged
    Access to funding for future development
    Great work Life balance which is taken advantage of with some whole teams "working from home" on Fridays or not accepted meeting request while working from home.

    Cons

    Internal teams lack professionalism- not replying to email, meeting request ect.
    Dosent seam to be a cohesive plan to deliver to. focus shifts too often to be effective.
    GM's only looking for the bare minimum to pass the bar
    Hard to get buy in from siloed teams and Business Units - unless it is their idea they do not want to help.
    Resources are not replaced when people leave but the expected output of the team is not realigned. My team lost 1 FTE reduced to 1.6 FTE with no change to derivable expectations.
    People leader only available/valuable for the big rocks instead of in the trenches with you.
    No career opp. with the role I would aspire to grow into being disestablished, expected to do the work without the title and $$ rise.
    Moved to an agile office space that has limited meeting rooms, no team engagement, or connection to people leader.

    Advice to Management

    Actually think about the staffing decisions you are making and if they align to the expressed behaviors. We are heading into tough times with resource being sucked up by compliance/risk/culture issues. how about trying to make Westpac a place people want to stay and work in vs leave when the going gets hard.


  7. "Graduate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westpac Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people, everyone willing to teach you things, great opportunities to do more than just your day job

    Cons

    Definitely ruled by middle-aged males. You aren't rewarded for your hard work, but rather how long you've been there.

    Advice to Management

    Utilise the younger generation, stop relying so completely on the older staff and start focusing on youth retention.

  8. "Personal banking advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time

    Pros

    Very high values and ethics.

    Cons

    Competition is high among colleagues.


  9. "Great Culture but being 200yrs old comes at a cost"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westpac Group full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture and employee benefits

    Cons

    - Alot of red tape, if you want somethign done, you've got to do it yourself


  10. "One of my worst experiences"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westpac Group part-time

    Pros

    If you’re willing to commit your life to the bank you MAY get somewhere if the stars align.

    Cons

    Heavily involved in office politics, everyone is out to stab you in the back.
    The managers in the CBD are full of lies and false hopes.
    If you enjoy being around negative people who love talking rubbish, especially negative minded management, you will love working at Westpac in the CBD

    Advice to Management

    What on earth are you doing?