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7.5 / 10

(based on 31 ratings in 2015)

How would you describe your firm’s culture both in the office and after hours?

2015

"From what I've seen there's a very open culture at Bank of Ireland, no one is afraid to ask questions and everyone is very approachable. I have found that the Graduate Programme is very sociable; with trips away and tag rugby."
Graduate, Dublin
"I have found the culture to be very positive and welcoming here: the management are friendly, it is easy to socialise with everyone, there is a great deal of teamwork and people work well together."
Graduate, Bristol
"There's an increasing emphasis on the all-round atmosphere in the business. There are sports clubs and guest speakers all of which make the overall experience appealing. Most teams have team nights out every few months which are nice to have. Most people are friendly, approachable and willing to help you if you need any assistance."
Graduate, Dublin
"From my experience I'm very happy with the culture of the organisation. There is a sense of community: everyone is very friendly, open and here to help. The Be At Your Best initiative that the Bank runs is great; throughout the year there are lots of bank-wide events to get people active and healthy, such as the Couch to 5k initiative which I plan on doing in September."
Graduate, Dublin
"In Bristol I think that there is a good after-hours culture, with an active Sports and Social Society organising events on a regular basis. All of my managers have been very approachable, and easy to speak to, and they offer me good advice and guidance. There is a good spirit of teamwork and cooperation."
Graduate, Bristol

2014

"I have experienced a great working culture both in and out of the office, and after-hours. Colleagues have been supportive, proactive, positive, and good teamwork, cooperation and socialising are encouraged."
Graduate, Dublin
"I think that there is a very good atmosphere in the office, with little socialising outside of work. The bank has a good structure to it, with mostly flat hierarchy - there are superiors, but they are easy to approach. I have experienced excellent teamwork and good cooperation across different teams."
Graduate, Dublin
"In my experience, everyone in the office is very chatty. At different stages during the year work can be very busy, meaning there is a heads down attitude. However, on a day-to-day basis people chat and joke. Teamwork is a big part of the culture here, as well as socialising outside of work. The social club organise different events throughout the year for the staff, in which there is always a great turnout."
Graduate, Dublin
"I think that the culture is somewhat conservative, i.e. it can be hard to instigate change within a process. Hierarchy is not enforced in my opinion, and seniors are very friendly and help out graduates. There are also great networking opportunities, with a lot of time afforded to you by anyone when you need help or advice."
Graduate, Dublin
"In terms of structure and hierarchy, my experience has been very good. I have had access to senior management whom, generally, have been very helpful in assisting development. There is generally a good working atmosphere where teamwork is a constant element. A strong desire to work together to achieve targets/goals is present on the whole. There is little in terms of socialising, however."
Graduate, London
"I think there is a good company culture, and teamwork is encouraged, particularly between business divisions. I also have a good level of interaction with more senior colleagues."
Graduate, Dublin
"The culture is excellent; I feel that there is a great sense of team in my department, making it very easy to work with everyone. The social side of things is pretty good, although most of this is organised amongst employees, as opposed to organised work events."
Graduate, Dublin
"Hierarchy is flat in my opinion, and everyone is always willing to help and listen to issues you may have. There is an emphasis on getting good graduates and keeping them. Socialising is not the best, but the graduates tend to socialise together."
Graduate, Dublin
"The culture and morale in the company is very good and has been improving, in my opinion, since the inception of the Be at Your Best initiative. Senior management are extremely approachable and always make time for the graduate which is refreshing. The social aspect could be better, as there are not many clubs and societies or social outings."
Graduate, Dublin
"The structure varies on the division, but it is generally quite flat with superiors ready to listen to suggestions. Graduates are quite highly valued in my opinion."
Global Markets, Graduate, Dublin

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