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A promise to the people: Denise Ooi

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Jessica Esler
11 September 2020

At AGL, we believe progress is powered by our people. That’s why we’re showcasing our People Promise and the unique employee experiences we offer our people right across the business.

Here Denise Ooi, Accounting Manager, shares in her own words how AGL’s flexible and inclusive workplace culture inspired her to abandon her plans for a career break, and instead accept a role in our Finance team.

Focus on flexibility


When AGL initially contacted me about a role opportunity, I was in the process of relocating to Victoria. I had my sights set on a six-month career break, where I could take my time to settle and explore Victoria – while having a clear mind to assess my next career move.

I was drawn to working at AGL because of their focus on providing unique opportunities for people to grow – through flexible working, internal secondments, and a commitment to professional development.

From the moment I accepted the role of Senior Settlements Analyst at AGL, I knew I’d made the right decision. The recruitment process had impressed me greatly, and even though I was living in Western Australia, my new leaders accommodated my request to work flexibly four days a week – which was so important to me.

There are three things that make me proud to work for AGL: our commitment to gender diversity, receiving Gold Employer status for LGBTI+ inclusion this year, and our focus on development opportunities. I am proud to work for an organisation that lives these values every day.

The first contact I had with AGL was through a virtual interview with the two Heads of Finance, who are both culturally diverse women. This was extremely refreshing!

I’ve been with AGL for a while now, and I can still see these values embedded all around me. I’m proud to be part of a Leadership Team that demonstrates a commitment to gender diversity – and I’m also part of the Finance Talent Development Framework working group, which is something I’m really passionate about.

Reward and recognition matters


AGL has a strong culture of recognition and appreciation.

My most memorable moment here was being acknowledged in front of our entire division at a Finance Town Hall. I had received two public recognitions that month through our employee recognition program, and it felt nice to be recognised – even though I was only on a fixed term contract then.

It’s important for our people to feel that their work is being noticed and appreciated, so that they can bring their best selves to work every day. Through the recognition program, anyone you have worked with and produced great work for can recognise and reward you, beyond just your direct line manager.

Does Denise’s story inspire you to be part of the family at AGL?

Find out more about what it’s like to work for AGL, and have a look through our current job opportunities, via our AGL Careers page.