My manager has mentioned the possibility of increasing my salary by 10,000 each year as he understands how both physically and mentally demanding my role as a Mill Chemist is. However, this is not guaranteed but I feel that if I work harder and assist in continually improving the systems at my facility, it will be rewarded accordingly.
There are definite opportunities with new roles being created frequently, but it will take hard work to become a candidate for such roles.
During the Grad program, if you perform well, there are good choices, and with the 8 month rotation, you get a good feel of where a particular role can take you.
I think because of the flat nature of the hierarchy there isn't much space to move. Unless someone leaves, career progression isn't something that is immediately known. A lot of transitions I have seen is more sideways than up the ranks.
Promoted to a management role after 18 months
In my line of work (process engineering) people often stay in the same position for long periods of time, that's the nature of the work, and it's more important to seize the opportunities to take on additional responsibilities without a formal promotion. That being said, I've found opportunities in the exact area that I wanted to be in, so I'm satisfied.
There is a lot of evidence that you can build yourself up in the company. There are a number of people in high-level positions who started off in the factory floor - I think this is a testament to Visy's culture of lifelong employees. It is definitely a business where if you stay long enough, and you are inclined, there are possibilities to grow.
There are many people in high ranks within Visy who have been with the company since they were graduates. There are roles frequently opening in different sections of the business for lateral or upward career moves.
Visy has many opportunities up to production manager. To move up the ranks you must be hard working and a good people person who is happy to jump at opportunities
Definitely satisfied with my current standing and the scope for further development in the coming years.