A great team working together for a common cause
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Fairfield, NSW – 18 September 2015
My role here occurred during the construction, commissioning and first 6 months of operation of a new plant. As a result everyone was on new ground, and that lead to a great atmosphere of mutual learning from each other. The boss often shouted lunch, or we had a BBQ on site.
While my role was a stable 8-4, most of the team took turns at being on call, hence I couldn't give 5 stars for Work/Life Balance, but this is the nature of a plant that can't be easily shut down and restarted. It was better, I'm sure, than most in that Veolia arranged remote monitoring so the staff could monitor the plant from home, as long as they lived close enough to come in if things went wrong.
Pay was reasonable for me as a contractor (through a labour hire company), but the permanent staff were paid extremely well.
The poor job security was based not only on my being on a fixed term contract (even though it was extended repeatedly) but because there were widespread layoffs throughout the organisation when the drought broke and many plants went from an operational phase to a non-operational, minimal maintenance phase.
Great team to work with, new facilities including indoor and outdoor eating areas and a BBQ
Work is very reliant on the climate - once the drought breaks staff demand drops significantly.