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Ampol Australia

4.3
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Ampol Australia

  • Mining, Oil & Gas
  • R&D and Manufacturing
  • Retail, Sales & Consumer Goods

What it does: Sells fuel
Staff stats: 3500
The good bits: Supportive senior leaders
The not so good bits: Big-organisation bureaucracy
Hiring grads with degrees in: Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare; Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration

The Ampol story

In 1936 the Texas Company (which later became Texaco) and the California-based Standard Oil (which later became Chevron Corp) formed a joint venture called the California Texas Oil Company. The business was initially formed to sell oil imported from Saudi Arabian oilfields. In 1968, the name of the joint venture was shortened to Ampol Petroleum Corp. In 2001, Chevron and Texaco merged, forming a company called ChevronTexaco, which was soon shortened to just Chevron.

Until 2015, Ampol Petroleum Australia Pty Ltd, commonly known as just Ampol, was jointly owned by Chevron and Australian shareholders. Chevron has now sold out of the business, making Ampol an Australian-owned, ASX-listed company. (While the Ampol brand name is used in a number of other nations, these businesses are separate entities from Ampol Petroleum Australia.)

Ampol, which absorbed the Golden Fleece chain of service stations in 1981 and Ampol in 1995, still operates the largest oil company retail network in Australia. However, the entry of Woolworths and Coles into the (discount) fuel-selling game means the company no longer enjoys the market share it once did. In 2003, Ampol entered into a joint venture with Woolworths. This saw Woolworths’ ‘Plus Petrol’ service stations and some of Ampol’s service stations rebranded as ‘Ampol Woolworths’ service stations.   

Ampol and Ampol Woolworth's service stations sell fuel (petrol, diesel and autogas) as well as vehicle-related products, such as lubricants and motor oil. They also function as convenience stores selling hot food, baked goods, coffee, packaged foods and newspapers. Depending on their size, the convenience-store sections of Ampol service stations are known as Star Marts, Star Shops or Woolworths.

Ampol used to operate two petroleum refineries in Australia in Lytton, Brisbane and Kurnell, Sydney.  The Kurnell refinery ceased operations in 2014. In 2016, Ampol sold 16 billion litres of fuel and made a $610 million profit.

The culture

Ampol proclaims, “We’re big on diversity and believe that including people from all walks of life can help grow our company.” Perhaps surprisingly for what many would assume to be a blokey industry, women are well-represented at Ampol. They make up 37 per cent of the company’s senior leaders and 37.5 per cent of its executive team. Research has also found there is a negligible (1.1 per cent) gender pay differential on a like-for-like basis between male and female staff.

For the last two years, Ampol has been awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Since 2012, the company has offered a ‘BabyCare’ package that delivers “practical support and flexibility” to staff who are new parents. In 2016, the company launched an ‘Indigenous Employment Strategy’. This aims to “make a meaningful difference to the lives of Indigenous Australians through employment and development”.
Though its operations have an unavoidable environmental impact, Ampol is committed to “protecting the environments in which we work through full compliance with regulations and standards and robust operational management”.

Social contribution

The company’s corporate sponsorship program leverages the Ampol network in the service of, and provides financial support to, to organisations making “a real difference across Australia”. Ampol sponsors the Australian Road Safety Foundation, Motorvation (which encourages young drivers to drive safely), the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Clontarf Foundation (which helps young Indigenous men). Ampol also has a workplace giving program, ‘Fuelling Change’. This has made donations to many charities and community organisations. At various times, the company has also sponsored motor racing and rugby league teams.

The recruitment process

As Australia’s “leading transport fuel supplier and convenience retailer”, Ampol offers roles in areas such as: B2B and consumer sales; engineering; health, safety and environment; HR; IT; marketing and supply chain operations. While Ampol doesn’t specify this, you can assume you’ll need a relevant degree to work in more technical areas such as supply chain or OHS. There may be more flexibility with grad positions in areas such as sales.    

The company looks for success-orientated, agile and innovative thinkers. You should also be the type who takes pride in your work and aspires to be part of a high-performance team.

The recruitment process for any role at Ampol starts by joining its ‘Talent Community’, which involves filling out a short online form. Ampolx doesn’t provide much public information about the subsequent steps of the process. According to those who’ve experienced it, you can expect to go through the standard funnel of an online assessment/first-round (behaviourally based) interviews/ individual and group exercises at an assessment centre/final-round interviews with senior staff.  

Ampol’s grad program goes for two years and involves four six-month rotations. The program is designed to “develop and grow the next generation of leaders by offering exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunities”. Grads “gain exposure across our value chain from supply chain operations, brand and product, property and network, consumer and pricing”.

Remuneration

Ampol claims to have “highly competitive pay, bonus and reward structures that are sure to motivate you to perform at your best”. Grad salaries are reported to be above average. You’ll also have access to discounted fuel.   

Career prospects

Ampol promises that “every employee can learn and develop within their current role or experience a different role within the business”. Ampol prioritises fostering an “open culture”. One that gives all staff, and particularly grads, “access to senior management and key decision-makers” and therefore the opportunity to influence the direction of the company. The “supportive leadership team” is also expected to help grads “develop and achieve [their] goals”.   

The vibe of the place

Ampol may not be the most glamorous of employers but, by most accounts, it treats its people well. If you get a grad role there, you can expect reasonable job security, friendly co-workers, exceptionally encouraging managers, good pay and conditions, the opportunity to have a real say in how the company operates and access to flexible work arrangements.

If all that sounds appealing and you're the type that “likes to get things done [and] make a real difference”, you’ll be a good fit at Ampol.

Star Rating: 4.4 stars

 

From the Employer:

When you’re part of our team, you’ll be in the thick of the action, working alongside inspiring peers to make things happen. Our collaborative culture means decision making informed by diverse thinking and access to experts across our business. We all work together to make life easier.

At Ampol, we offer an exciting2 year program featuring rotations around one of our three Business Units: Retail, Fuels and Infrastructure, or Ampol
Group.

We’ll take you further by:

  • invaluable hands-on experience
  • exposure to a wide range of business areas
  • development to put you on course to becoming a future leader at Ampol.

Our Purpose

Ease is the greatest benefit we can offer to anyone who engages with Ampol. This might be our customers filling up with fuel on the move, and getting more of what they love under one roof. It might be our business customers who want the complex made simple. It might be our employees who benefit from working in an environment where delivering for our customers is easier than ever before. At Ampol, we make life easier.

No matter where your passions lie, put your career in motion at Ampol. 

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.3
Overall score based on 6 reviews
They Score Best in…
9.7
Diversity
9.3
Salary
9.2
Management
8.8
Culture
9.7
Diversity
9.3
Salary
9.2
Management
8.8
Culture
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Exposure to senior management, opportunity to grow, people and culture.
  • The exposure to senior leaders within the business. Exposure to multiple disciplines within the business. Flexible work culture.
  • Exposure to different parts of the business Travel Immersed in working in projects that have an impact Being able to have a say on your rotation choices On the Job Learning Great Work culture.
  • The culture, the people. The opportunity to move across 4 very diverse rotations within the Graduate program, giving a holistic view of the entire value chain.
  • Relatively slow decision making due to bureaucratic control.
  • A high proportion of people involved in making tough decisions, execution of plans usually takes more time.
  • Room for improvement in the technology space i.e. BYOD.
  • The lack of training provided for Graduates.

Opportunities

Locations With Opportunities
  • NSW, QLD
Hiring Candidates With Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education
Current Opportunities

Virtual Experience

This virtual experience provides insight to the kind of work involved in being a Business Analyst at Ampol. As you complete these modules you will form a better appreciation of what it is we do and the skills you will develop if you join our team.

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I feel that it is an area that can cover other disciplines. The skills are transferrable and universal.

Larissa Cortez Bran

  • Graduate stories
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I feel that it is an area that can cover other disciplines. The skills are transferrable and universal.

Larissa Cortez Bran

  • Graduate stories
The great part of working at a company like Ampol is that you get the opportunity to work across a wide range of roles, even if you come from a particular background.

Louise Warner

  • Graduate stories
The great part of working at a company like Ampol is that you get the opportunity to work across a wide range of roles, even if you come from a particular background.

Louise Warner

  • Graduate stories
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I feel that it is an area that can cover other disciplines. The skills are transferrable and universal.

Larissa Cortez Bran

  • Graduate stories
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I feel that it is an area that can cover other disciplines. The skills are transferrable and universal.

Larissa Cortez Bran

  • Graduate stories
The great part of working at a company like Ampol is that you get the opportunity to work across a wide range of roles, even if you come from a particular background.

Louise Warner

  • Graduate stories
The great part of working at a company like Ampol is that you get the opportunity to work across a wide range of roles, even if you come from a particular background.

Louise Warner


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Sarah Morcom

Sarah Morcom studied a Bachelor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland and is now a process safety graduate at Lytton Oil Refinery, Ampol.
  • Day in the life

Sarah Morcom

Sarah Morcom studied a Bachelor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland and is now a process safety graduate at Lytton Oil Refinery, Ampol.
  • Day in the life

Samantha Ngan

Samantha Ngan Kee studied a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) at University of Sydney, graduated in 2015 and is now Graduate – Convenience Development (Marketing) at Ampol
  • Day in the life

Samantha Ngan

Samantha Ngan Kee studied a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) at University of Sydney, graduated in 2015 and is now Graduate – Convenience Development (Marketing) at Ampol
  • Day in the life

Sarah Morcom

Sarah Morcom studied a Bachelor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland and is now a process safety graduate at Lytton Oil Refinery, Ampol.
  • Day in the life

Sarah Morcom

Sarah Morcom studied a Bachelor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland and is now a process safety graduate at Lytton Oil Refinery, Ampol.
  • Day in the life

Samantha Ngan

Samantha Ngan Kee studied a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) at University of Sydney, graduated in 2015 and is now Graduate – Convenience Development (Marketing) at Ampol
  • Day in the life

Samantha Ngan

Samantha Ngan Kee studied a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) at University of Sydney, graduated in 2015 and is now Graduate – Convenience Development (Marketing) at Ampol