Coles Group Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
102 Reviews
3.6
102 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible Hours if you are a casual (write in your availability and they will work around it) (in 12 reviews)

  • Gradual change has made the work environment more pleasurable with less hands on management and more autonomy (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours/ unpaid overtime as a salary manager (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance does not exist (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll Love Coles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coles Group

    Pros

    Work environment has been significantly improved since Ian McLeod came on board - more open and friendly atmosphere, supportive teams, good leadership.

    Cons

    Insufficient parking allocations, poor catering, new open plan seating arrangements a little too cramped in some departments and very male-dominated environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunities for lower level staff to participate in decision-making activities in order to get more involved in the business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Make the most out of your time.

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    Current Employee - Grocery Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Grocery Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Coles Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Coles has a wide number of opportunities for team members to develop themselves if they choose. The company is moving to hiring more and more grads which will encourage more skilled people to stick with the job that supports them through school. There are many areas of the business to try out and if show potential you will be encouraged to take on new challenges.

    Cons

    The business can be inconsistent with management and business initiatives. Some stores struggle with underinvestment. You can be required to work long hours to develop your business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build talent pipelines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Youget what you put in!

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Coles Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Great career progression program's for those who work hard for it
    - Ability to work between cross functions (Between stores and support roles)
    - Fast paced and autonomy for store management
    - Technology being used in stores to assist with work/life balance

    Cons

    - Sometimes hard to achieve timelines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue listening to stores on feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    "Mostly chilled out...mostly."

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Coles Group part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy work
    Meet lot's of nice people
    Good way to interact with the community

    Cons

    Monotonous, management can make a lot of errors with rostering,
    Get's boring quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great time stacking shelves at the local Coles

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coles Group part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Was a good fun place, no one was hard or anything. Good work environment and good people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Pay was not fantastic, I would like to earn a little more than I did. Sometimes it was boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to advise really, they did their job, managed a group of young people well.

  7.  

    Fun working environment with great team members

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coles Group

    Pros

    -Flexible hours and roster
    -Great team members to work with

    Cons

    -Not much career opportunities
    -Routine work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding and engaging job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Analyst  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Safety Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Coles Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Your ideas are listened to and acted on.
    There are opportunities to move up the ladder
    Hard work is noticed and appreciated

    Cons

    Like any large corporation, it may take time to get through official channels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the talent is worth keeping, find them a position to stay with you. We won't wait around for months whilst you make a decision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    duty manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coles Group

    Pros

    gud, stable job, local, flexible hours

    Cons

    can get boring sometimes, sometimes physical, please use health and safety procedure while heavy lifting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more pay please

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was simply amazing, there was lot of politics by bangladeshis mainly but still the Aussie managers were really helpin

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    Former Employee - Cashier, Nightfill and Morning Presntation  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Cashier, Nightfill and Morning Presntation in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Coles Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    easy money
    good timing adjustment
    lot of scope to grow faster

    Cons

    politics by bangladeshis at higher posts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there should be some refinement in the process of giving jobs to people,don't just accomodate people who can't speak english, because they make the whole area ugly and create a bad atmosphere in job and relations inside the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Duty Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Duty Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Coles Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work values, ways of working

    Cons

    A lot of overtime and have to work off-days, and stay late a lot of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people adequate breaks and don't overwork them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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