Job Title: Senior Auditor
Business Group/Line: Wells Fargo Audit and Security
Location: Des Moines, IA
Number of months at Wells Fargo: 12
Undergraduate institution: Iowa State University
Undergraduate major: Finance and Marketing
Why did you choose Wells Fargo over other potential employers?

Three key reasons:
  • R&T Program: The R&T Program exposed me to numerous lines of business, along with the opportunity to work with senior management. This program also allowed me to expand my breadth of knowledge of Wells Fargo.
  • Values: Wells Fargo Audit Services (WFAS) values excellence, people, teamwork, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Reputation: Wells Fargo has maintained an excellent reputation within the financial services industry.
Would you recommend Wells Fargo as an employer? Why? What should students consider when making their choice for employer?
I would recommend Wells Fargo as an employer because they believe in "people as a competitive advantage." Because of this, WF is committed to developing people both personally and professionally. Students should assess the culture and values of a company when making their choice for an employer because they will spend a lot of time at work.

Has any one thing surprised you about Wells Fargo? If so, what?
The one thing that has surprised me about Wells Fargo is the amount time, energy, and money they invest in their people. WF strives to properly train their employees and then retain them.

Has your perception of Wells Fargo changed from the time you were a student until now? How?
Prior to working for Wells Fargo, the company was strictly a bank to me. I am still learning the company's businesses, products, and services today.

Why is your program or business group a good fit for you?
The WFAS R&T Programs is a good fit for me because I am constantly challenged. This program has allowed me to expand my breadth of knowledge of Welss Fargo. Additionally, WFAS believes in empowerment and accountability. The program has helped me develop various skill sets from accounting standards to communication techniques.

What are your co-workers like?
My co-workers value integrity, moral courage, quality, and professionalism.

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?
Since joining the team, I have been provided numerous professional development opportunities. WFAS encourages employees to pursue certifications, seminars, and business-specific training. In March, I was able to attend the "Class of 2006" event in which I got to hear from Wells Fargo's Senior Leaders including: Dick Kovacevich, John Stumpf, Pat Callahan, and Howard Atkins just to name a few.

What do you think current students should do while in school to prepare themselves for your program?
I would encourage students to take a variety of classes and to seek out internships in order to pinpoint their interest.

Three key actions they can take:
  • Contact recent R&T members: This will allow you to discuss their experiences and ask questions. The R&T members are recent college graduates and can field numerous questions regarding the program. The members can also arrange for you to meet with senior management.
  • Get involved: Get involved in as many activities as you can. Expose yourself to diversity and take risks-step outside of your comfort zone. These experiences will help you grow.
  • Network: Get to know your professors, attend career fairs, join clubs on campus.
Do you feel like you have enough free time to pursue a life outside of work? What do you do with your free time?
YES! When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, reading, and running.

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.
A 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 at 7:30. I begin my day by checking emails and reviewing my calendar while enjoying a cup of coffee.
10:00 a.m - 12:00 noonWhat are your mornings like? How do you organize your daily “to-do” list?
I start my day by printing off my daily calendar from Outlook. I then organize my to-do list based on priorities/deadlines. Many times my to do list changes throughout the day as meetings/assignments/opportunities constantly arise.
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 try to take a couple of minutes near the lunch hour to step away from my desk to grab a bite to eat and to get rejuvenated for the afternoon. Once a month, I participate in Lunch and Learns with my team in order to discuss hot topics within the industry.
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.
During the afternoon, I continue to work on the projects/assignments that I was working on in the morning. I find myself attending staff meetings, R&T meetings, business partner meetings, mentoring meetings, and committee meetings.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m .Describe the end–of–day push. What gets done today? What gets pushed until tomorrow?
Most days tend to be very busy all day. I typically feel the end-of-day push near the end of an audit. I have the flexibility to decide which days I am going to stay late in order to complete assignments as due dates are communicated in advance. At the end of the day, I set up reminders on my calendar so I know what my priorities are the following morning and update management on the status of my work.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Working late? What does this entail? What time do you leave? Do you take work home?
Working late occurs near the end of an audit. If I know I am going to have to work a long day, I prefer to come in early rather than work late. A long day consists of about 10 hours. I try not to take work home unless it is pertinent to getting a job done.
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