Job Title: Senior Auditor
Business Group/Line: Technical Audit Group (TAG)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 18
Undergraduate institution: Calpoly Pomona
Undergraduate major: Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • R&T Program: Audit Rotational Program provided a unique opportunity to gain experience/exposure to various parts of the bank and thus help you build a successful career .
  • Culture/Reputation: Wells Fargo has a strong presence in the California market and is widely recognized as one of the best companies to work for.
  • Benefits: The benefits offered by Wells Fargo, such as 25 days of Paid Time Off, were a good indicator of a healthy work-life balance.
Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
Due to Wells Fargo's size and involvement in various lines of business, it is a great place to start and build your career. The culture within Wells Fargo is known to be friendly, team oriented and customer-centric. When considering an employer it is very important to look at the "overall" package of benefits, pay, stability and ability to advance. It is important that you have the feeling of satisfaction while performing your job. For me, Wells Fargo, as an employer, has delivered all these attributes.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
Most employers will tell you how great their company is and how good it is to work there. Wells Fargo has really kept that promise and has delivered with an outstanding culture and a great work environment. Teamwork is always encouraged and team members are recognized daily.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
At first I simply saw Wells Fargo as a potential employer and I assumed that it would be the same as any other large organization. However, over time I have started to understand the great complexity of the bank and the industry. It made me appreciate all the good work that is being done in order to bring great products and great service to the customers. Wells Fargo has made me realize how many career opportunities are available out there.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
Coming out of college I was not sure exactly what I wanted to do. The R&T program within the Wells Fargo audit group has allowed me to sharpen my analytical, communication and business skills. It has also provided me with a great overview and understanding of the organization as a whole. After 18 months with the department I still learn new things on a daily basis. My work is dynamic and always provides new challenges while encouraging continuous education and a great work-life balance.

What are your co-workers like?
The great thing about Wells Fargo Audit is that there is a range of experience and age. All my co-workers are friendly, approachable and available. It is a very diverse environment where anyone would feel welcome.

At Wells Fargo, we pride ourselves on the professional development opportunities we provide. Are you taking advantage of these resources? If so, what and how?
Wells Fargo believes in continued development and education and expresses it through many ways, such as tuition reimbursement. Within Wells Fargo audit, I was able to attend various training courses, conferences and have time/resources to study and obtained a professional certification.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?
The R&T program, and audit in general, requires very well developed communication skills and critical thinking. The ability to comprehend and analyze concepts is crucial. Being a quick learner and having the ability to manage your time effectively is also key. The great thing about the program is that there is no "mold". People with Art, English, Business or any other major can participate, provided they have the base qualities mentioned above.

Three key actions they can take:
  • Take courses that involve team based project work
  • Develop your communication, organizational and time management skills
  • Gather information about the industry and learn about some common expectations (travel, culture, pay, etc.)
Do you feel like you have enough free time to pursue a life outside of work? What do you do with your free time?
I really believe that the life-work balance is fantastic at Wells Fargo. I live a very active life outside of work. I play sports, watch movies, work on my car and spend time with my family, just to name a few. I have found that your managers and co-workers are very responsive to your needs outside of work and accommodate for any situations that may come up as well.

Day in the Life
This overview of a Team Member’s typical day on the job should give you an idea of what it’s like to work in this business group’s development program.
Day in the Life
8:00 a.m. - 10:00a.m.How does your day begin? What time do you get in? What’s the first thing you do?
I usually arrive at the office around 7:45 AM. There is a good amount on flexibility on the time depending on your commute/situation. Some people select to arrive at 6 AM and others at 9 AM. First thing I do is set-up my laptop/work station and get a cup of coffee.
10:00 a.m - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
Once everything is set-up and ready to go, I check my e-mail and my meeting calendar. Every day is fairly unique, depending on the tasks you might have to organize meetings, schedule deliverables or actually perform audit testing.
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.The morning’s wrapping up – what does the rest of the day hold? Do you have time for lunch?
I personally ensure to take at least 30 minutes for lunch. At times it is necessary to step away and clear your head, go for a walk
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.What are your afternoons like? Describe any unique business processes you engage in or meetings that you attend on a regular basis.
Depending on your group and your involvement you will have a set of pre-determined meetings (group meetings, technology meetings, etc.). Afternoons are usually busy with business partner meetings, performance of actual audit work or creating deliverables.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m .Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
Toward the end of the day you might have wrap up meetings, handing off deliverables and preparing for the next day. Through this entire process prioritization is key. In certain cases I can end up working on 2 or 3 projects at the same time, so having the ability to prioritize is very important. Depending on the project and other requirements I decide what will be completed today and what can wait until tomorrow.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
I try to finish my work in the office, even if it means working late. Work hours are like preparing for an exam. Some people require a lot more time to prepare than others; same for work. At some point you might take extra time to wrap up and finish a project or audit and create that deliverable in time, while other times you might be done early. Generally the work-life balance is great and you do not have to stay long hours.
 
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