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Life at Lendi profile: Hai Ly Nguyen, Graduate Accountant

What is your background?

Before Lendi, I was a graduate fresh from University with little experience. Accounting jobs tend to have a reputation for boring paperwork and manual processes. Having some background in business information systems, I was desperately looking for a graduate position in a technology-based company where I could at least get away from manual processes. And then came Lendi, my dream job.

Why did you want to join Lendi?

I heard about Lendi when I was in my final year at University. My friend, a software developer, was very interested in joining Lendi and had been keeping a close eye on the company's job board waiting for his opportunity. He talked to me about Lendi and how he loved the tech, the working culture, and amazing people. So, when I saw there was an open position for a graduate accountant, I immediately applied.

First impressions

My initial impression of Lendi was that everyone I spoke to was approachable and helpful. From the moment I stepped in the door for my job interview, I knew that everything my friend told me before was true.

I was interviewed by Jason (the great CFO) and Jap (my direct manager now). I had expected them to be very distant, and press me with some difficult questions about professional knowledge and my previous experience. However, the reality couldn’t have been further from my imagination.

The interview was very pleasant and they were both so friendly, it was more like we were friends having a chat, rather than quizzing me as a job applicant. I left and went home determined that I must work with these wonderful people in this amazing company. Unluckily, I did not get an offer after the first interview. I was super sad but still followed the company’s job board and Linkedin for my second chance.

Good things come to those who wait

That day finally came 5 months after my interview. Jason called me and asked whether I was still interested in working at Lendi and for me, it was an absolute YES. I was given a second chance for a catch-up with Jason and Jap and was offered the job after another round of assessment. Until now I still can’t believe that Jason and Jap remembered and considered me for the position.

One thing I’ve noticed in my time here at Lendi is that everything is constantly changing. The people around me constantly strive to grow and lean on technology to reduce manual procedures. Everyone's duties and tasks in the team are transparent and this helps a lot in planning tasks and accelerating efficiency. All of these things make Lendi a more dynamic, modern working environment which I thoroughly enjoy.

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What are the top 3 things about working at Lendi

  1. People: The best thing about Lendi is the people. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. You can easily get a smile or start a conversation with anyone you meet when walking around the office or in the elevators. And your teammates definitely won't let you down. As a new starter, I thought I might be isolated on my first day at the company and would have lunch alone for my first week. But no, from my very first day I spent lunchtime with my teammates and others in the business. It has been great getting to know each other and learning more about the company. I really appreciated what they did for me because those connections help motivate me.

  2. Working culture: It’s very difficult to find a working culture like Lendi’s. Comments, feedback, and changes are welcomed here. The company promotes the flexibility and dynamics among employees. There are a lot of bonding activities organized all year round for you to get to know your team and others. I had my chance to attend one of the big events, the Lendi Olympics, and so far it is one of the most memorable moments of mine in Australia. We spent half a day playing team games including, inflatable gladiator jousting, archery, ultimate twister, giant Jenga, and extreme obstacle courses. Many of us hardly knew each other before the day but we made friends. I was luckily in the winning team and had the honor to hold the champion cup!

  3. Free food and snacks: A big YAY from me. A lot of snacks, fruit, and drinks are available throughout the office. I really enjoy the fortnightly Lunch and Learn sessions where I get a chance to learn more about different departments while having lunch. Also, Friday is a treat day when beers are served after 4.30, each fortnight a lunch of a different cuisine is provided.

How have you changed since joining Lendi?

Before Lendi, the work environments I had been exposed to tended to follow existing processes blindly without questioning their effectiveness. As a result, I was reluctant to question decisions made by my seniors knowing the answer would be ‘just do it as it was usually done’.

Since being at Lendi, I have refreshed and re-defined my working style toward a more "Lendi-style" approach: learning by asking questions. Also, the team that I work with is truly the best team I have ever been a part of. Everyone is supportive and friendly and ready-to-help. I only joined the company two months ago, but I know I have already made some great friends here.

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Here at Lendi, we're always looking for smart, driven individuals who share our passion for innovation and continuous learning. If you'd like to join one of Australia's fastest growing companies, check out our job openings.

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