Job Title: Senior Auditor
Business Group/Line: Technical Audit Group - Lending & Wholesale
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 12
Undergraduate institution: Arizona State University
Undergraduate major: B.S. Accounting & B.S. Finance
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • Reputation: Wells Fargo has an excellent reputation as a leading financial services provider. Both Team Members and customers of Wells Fargo had positive things to say about the company. Prior to joining Audit, I worked as a teller for the company and was also a customer of Wells Fargo. Both my experiences as a teller and customer were positive and definitely influenced me to become a Wells Fargo Team Member.
  • Rotation Program: The Rotation Program is very well structured and provides the unique opportunity to see a broad scope of the financial services industry. The program also provides many learning and development opportunities which is very important to me as I continue to figure out what my career goals and passions are.
  • People: All of the Team Members I interacted with during the recruiting/interviewing process were easy to talk to, intelligent, optimistic, and clearly dedicated to their work. They made it easy for me to imagine myself working for Wells Fargo.
Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
I would definitely recommend Wells Fargo as an employer. Wells Fargo works for its Team Members just as much as the Team Members work for Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo understands that happy employees provide excellent customer service and therefore focuses on providing a positive working environment. Wells Fargo provides an endless amount of training opportunities that help Team Members grow and develop the professional skills that meet their needs and interests. When making their choice for employer, students should consider the company's willingness to focus on their long-term success. Wells Fargo managers work with employees to ensure they reach their long-term career goals.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
I was surprised by the level of Team Member dedication to both the company as well as other Team Members. Wells Fargo Team Members want to contribute to the success of the company, and they do so by supporting one another and encouraging their peers to continuously grow and improve.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
As a student, I did not realize that Wells Fargo provides so many products and services. When I thought of Wells Fargo, I thought about the branches and banks we see around the city. I now realize that Wells Fargo provides much more than checking and savings accounts. My experiences in Audit have given me even more exposure to the multitude of businesses within Wells Fargo.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
The Audit program is a good fit for me because I am utilizing and improving upon my critical thinking, communication, leadership, and problem solving skills. I learn something new every day and every single audit is different from the last. The variety of assignments and challenges keeps me interested.

What are your co-workers like?
My co-workers are fun, diverse, supportive, experienced, and very talented. I have found both mentors and friends among the department.

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?
I am definitely taking advantage of the professional development opportunities. I am constantly seeking out new experiences whether it be through virtual or in-class training. The Audit Rotational Program offers even more opportunities for training and networking. This past March I was able to attend the "Class of 2006" event where we listened to speakers such as Dick Kovacevich (CEO), John Stumpf (COO), Howard Atkins (CFO), and several other top Wells Fargo executives. I am also currently pursuing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?

Three key actions they can take:
  • Continually seek challenging assignments and classes. The more challenges you face in school, the better prepared you will be for your first job.
  • Network with professors, classmates, and Wells Fargo Audit Team Members. Sometimes the best resources for information are the people around you. Ask lots of questions and learn from other people's experiences.
  • Practice both oral and written communication. These skills are essential to being successful in not only Wells Fargo Audit, but in any job.
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 absolutely feel like I have enough free time outside of work. One of the reasons why I like working for Wells Fargo is because it is possible to have a good work/life balance. I work hard when I'm at work and that allows me to enjoy more free time. Personally, I love to travel, cook, be with friends and family, try new restaurants, go shopping, and play with my new puppy.

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?
My average day starts at 8:00. I start off my day by reading emails, returning phone calls, and organizing my schedule for the day. Since I work in Phoenix, I may have several morning meetings with coworkers or business partners located in other parts of the country (i.e. Minneapolis).
10:00 a.m - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
My mornings are usually busy with independent work. If I am in the middle of an audit, my mornings are usually spent sorting through information requests received from business partners and then documenting my audit work. I organize my daily to-do list by priority. I figure out what I have to get done by today, tomorrow, next week, etc. I also break items down in to sub-projects in order to meet my deadlines.
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?
Depending on how busy I am, I will either eat lunch at my desk and continue to work, or I will go to lunch with a few coworkers.
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.
My afternoons are usually spent either continuing the work from the morning, or sending off requests or questions to business partners. If I'm in the middle of an audit, I use my afternoons as the time to ask coworkers or business partners questions about the work I have done in the morning. The regular meetings I attend consist of weekly staff meetings, monthly Diversity Club meetings, monthly meetings with my mentor, and quarterly meetings for the Audit Rotational Program.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m .Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
The items that get done today are those that have the highest priority on my to-do list. Submitting questions and request lists to business partners usually take top priority since there is lag time in waiting for them to respond. Sometimes I work on special projects for my manager or the rotation program which may take over as the top priority.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
My average day ends between 5:00 and 5:30. I rarely have to work late. I work late if I am either up against a deadline or if I'm in a strong working mode and would like to finish what I am currently working on. I will take work home if I don't want to stay in the office later than usual.
 
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