The benefit of talking
“In our roles we support people, businesses and communities, so I think it’s important that – as employees – we can enjoy and advocate for the services and products CommBank offers. There’s such a wide range of benefits that I probably don't take advantage of them all, however one service that does stand out is the Employee Assistance Program.
“Available to everyone at CommBank, this service puts you in touch with someone to discuss any issues you may be having in your life, whether it’s related to work or not. I’ve used them and found talking to a professional very helpful as it gave me a fresh perspective and a different mindset to approach the challenge. It certainly enabled me to free up the headspace I needed to handle everything and meet some of the challenges life can throw up.”
Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation
“At one point one of my leaders said, “you’ve proven you can make real impacts on how our branches operate, but we’ve never seen whether you can manage a P&L”. It made me think about what else I wanted from my career and so I was given the opportunity, initially relieving an Area Manager for two weeks, but the assignments got longer. I had a lot of really good supporters who knew I could do it, and slowly helped me build the confidence that I could. My first own P&L was a network of 15 branches and 180 people. That development experience is still one of the highlights of my career.”
Now Margaret is taking a career break, but has no concerns about her career or the support of CommBank.
“I’m taking 14 weeks off work and travelling and I’m going to embrace every day. Right now I don't have a role to come back to, but I can trust my leaders here to continue helping me to find challenging roles that develop me and my career.”
“One of the best benefits I’ve enjoyed is the support for education; something that’s let me continue to do bigger and better things in my career.
“I completed my MBA part-time and the bank supported me, both financially and with time off. It was a big commitment for me while holding down a busy, full time job, but everyone was flexible – it was never a problem.
“As for my career now, it’s not only benefited me, but I think it helps everyone else I work with. From the advice I give to staff to how I dissect problems and how I present the work of our team to leaders. It’s a benefit of working here that’s made a huge difference to my career progression.”
Growth through opportunity
“Pursuing opportunities is positively encouraged here. In 2006 I transferred to Hanoi in Vietnam with my family to be the Chief Information Officer of Vietnam International Bank which CommBank has a 20% share in. It was a great personal as well as professional opportunity. It also opened the door for me to do more work in other overseas markets.”
Head of IT Innovation and Digital Financial Services Asia
“Even within the booming Chinese economy I recognised my own professional development required me to gain exposure to international experiences, and importantly, international network. CommBank has enabled me to achieve both of these by supporting my transfer from China on a one-year secondment to Australia.”
Executive Manager HR
“Following the birth of both of my children, I’ve been supported with equally challenging roles, and a four day working week. I am still very busy, but there’s plenty of flexibility here for both my family and my career.”
Head of Operational Risk, Business & Private Bank
How I benefit...
“Private Health Insurance through CBHS exclusively for CommBank employees.”
Employee Benefits Analyst, Human Resources
All employee benefits are subject to change (including withdrawal) by the Group at any time at its complete discretion. None of the above information should be construed as providing financial or tax advice to employees. If you are thinking of taking advantage of any of these benefits, you should consider whether you should obtain your own independent tax and/or financial advice.