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Friendly team and good place to work

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Respected federal Govt agency - has many opportunities to move around and try different things . Fun scientists and technology people and lots to learn
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Disappointing salary and career advancement, but great satisfaction providing a valued public service

As an employee, BOM provides satisfaction by contributing to a highly valued service to the public. There are still some good conditions such as 15.6% superannuation, sick leave, shift penalty rates and flexible working hours. On the negative side are lower salaries compared to similar agencies and professional roles, a history of cuts to conditions, restructures and freezes on career advancement, low annual wage rises, contractor outsourcing, lack of funds to adequately maintain equipment and staff levels, etc due to conservative government policies over the past decade that have left many staff disgruntled or resigned.
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Avoid at all costs

Terrible, toxic, negative place to work.It's taken me months to get over the abusive experience of being at BOM.Poor inexperienced management that aren't capable of giving direction and regularly ask the subordinates for advice. Instead of mentoring me or giving direction they let me go. I tried for a while to schedule a sit down with someone, but management were more interested in going on extended holidays week after week. My coworkers would complain about management, the higher-ups seemed to believe working there is a burden to themselves. Constant negativity about the incoming workload and responsibilities.Felt like I was going to cry a lot of days with how poorly I was treated. Things like not being given the tools to do the job whilst also being given pressure to work harder. My coworkers all had much more to do than they were capable of doing, I wanted to help them but management have their priorities completely backwards. Really inefficient work practices in place. Poorly kept area where we have to empty the bins ourselves. Receptionist unwelcoming. Disparaging words from supervisors about you, the company, the other departments. Drains the life out of you. Really not worth the toll it takes.I think they want workers who either really don't care about contributing or they want people who are doormats okay with being walked over and mistreated.Genuinely disturbing experience. I was close to contacting Fair Work regularly.
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Culture in Finance is extremely bad!

The Culture in Finance is extremely bad! Also the finance operating systems and procedures are the worst I have seen in 25 years working for Companies in Finance
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Management and Culture needs a shakeup

.Didn't appreciate getting yelled at by management. Overwork and underpaid. Expected to complete work way above pay grade. Mass exit because of bad culture, no consultation when changes occur and lack of management people skills.

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Some colleague's

Cons

Management and culture
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The work life balance was the main reason I stayed after completing my first (and very interesting project)

This was my first government job. Was a big adjustment - no tea, no coffee, no milk - stationary the cheapest they could get - very different to the private sector. Once I made the adjustment people were mostly good, internal processes frustrating- All this in the name of making sure the tax payers money was spent wisely- the waste due to the bureaucracy was staggering, and the job interview process - words fail me. But I stayed nearly 6 years you just have to adapt!

Pros

Work life balance

Cons

Bureaucracy- and poor salaries
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Toxic culture, too much micro management and no trust in staff

I would not recommend working in the technology projects space at BOM, although there are many nice people there, the experience was horrible due to the mismanagement and pressure put on our team. Our team was tasked to deliver a range of work, but plans and deadlines were constantly shifting outside of our control. This resulted in the management teams putting pressure on us to deliver work and questioning what work had been done, without taking ownership or responsibility of the fact that they had postponed or changed the work that had been planned. There was a huge lack of clarity overall and there was little trust between the many layers of management and our team.People were regularly resigning and leaving the project and not keen to come back due to this problematic management from above, with people being treated like cattle rather than assets.

Pros

Nice offices

Cons

Toxic culture, behind the times in tech mindset and not willing to adapt to modern standards
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Great place to work - people care about public service

Loved the BoM. Sadly covid budget cuts meant some of us contractors had to be let go. A really passionate place, and everyone cares about doing the right thing for the public. Daily weather briefings for all staff was interesting - learned a lot, there's more to the weather than you think. If you like science, you will like the BoM.

Pros

Passionate people, science-based information, history

Cons

Some internal business processes need improvement
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Great work life balance, good wages, no job security.

The Bureau is a very relaxed environment, indeed too relaxed to the point that many times work does not get completed as quickly as one would like to. Wages are okay.

Pros

Relaxed environment and work life balance

Cons

No job security.
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dull

a very dull place to work at as an IT officer. very bad management. Contract terminated before the actual end date. No training offered during the contract
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Interesting opportunities to interact with clients.

Love the workplace and learning environment. Plenty of opportunity for career advancement. Great work colleagues. Mostly efficient management. Unfortunately a centralization plan.

Pros

Plenty of breaks.

Cons

Long hours. Centralization plan.
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good place

The bureau is a good place to work at. It has a great work culture and the IT BAU and project teams work towards a common goal. The pay grades are also high ( especially for contractors) and the managers ensure that all the issues and conflicts are resolved in an amicable manner. Recommended

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Good teams and pay
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Limiting

I am pretty generous with companies however I am terribly sorry BOM but I have given you one star because I cannot give you no stars. As soon as I arrived five people resigned and this trend continued throughout my contract. I see the main issue as really toxic unattractive management. Mirrors, smoke, cloaks, daggers and secrets and incredibly toxic. Big conservative gold wedding rings on extraordinary unattractive people. I had to think of one thing that was OK and I could not think of one thing, except that you are near Southern Cross station which is good access via public transport. I do not recommend anyone works there until they can create a more positive work culture. It is so nasty and yet it seems like they get away with it because it is hard to get into and seems like such a great brand from the outside. I was completely shocked.

Pros

Zero

Cons

As listed in the review
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Good Company

Good Company.The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national provider of weather, climate, water, ocean and space weather information. We have been the nation's definitive source of environmental intelligence for more than 100 years. The Bureau delivers one of the most trusted, fundamental, popular and widely used government services. Our forecasts, warnings, information and advice enable Australians to best manage the impacts of the natural environment on their everyday lives. Our expert environmental intelligence is essential for the safety, sustainability, security, well-being and prosperity of all Australians.

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Free Lunch

Cons

No Cons
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Lack of leadership and career potential

The BOM whilst having great people working for it is severely underfunded which in turn is impacting on the organisations ability to meet its targets with limited resources. BOM also has a largely new Executive team and has gone through a very rushed restructure which i feel did not take into account the real goals and culture of the organisation and has caused a lot of angst among staff members. Morale and career progression at the BOM are at an all time low and the fact that staff haven't had a pay rise (or agreed an EBA in 4-years) isn't helping.

Pros

Good workers overall

Cons

Sever lack of leadership and transparency
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Bureau of Meteorologists

The pay is good, management is appalling. If you are a meteorologist you're laughing, if not you need to be careful. Nepotism is rife so you need to suck up to the bosses. No leadership or leaders, just bosses who boss people around. Problem is they promote their own and aren't the right people. They pat themselves on the back and then wonder what to do and look for people to blame when they can't get things done. Everyone who leaves never goes back to Christmas lunches because usually they leave with a bad taste after the way there were treated, even people with 30-40 years service in all sections.

Pros

Can be interesting if you like the weather.

Cons

Location and Management
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Good place to work

Good place to work with job work/life balance, public sector salary benefits with lot of new technologies to learn and improve ones skills to the best extent
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Good work place with the best colleagues

Good work atmosphere, very good colleagues and good manager to work with. Having nice team work and helping each other to develop projects. They let you improve your knowledge about web design and graphics and appreciate what you doing for them.
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Exciting and challenging work with a dedicated group of people.

Sometimes quiet but usually challenging. The task involves analysing the weather and outputting that knowledge through a variety of media to a variety of users, in a readily digestible form . Management is usually supportive and co-workers mostly dedicated and caring of fellow workers and the clients. Weather forecasters, like police and other emergency personnel are necessarily involved in human tragedy at times and this can be confronting. While most forecasts are "around the money" it is very satisfying to "nail it" on a difficult situation and have a community well prepared for a severe or significant weather event.

Pros

Fascinating work using a brilliant array of tools.

Cons

Occasionally stressful and tiring with shiftwork.
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Engaging

The flood analysis and database research for flood analysis was extensive but great work to solve current problems in flood warnings and management.

Pros

Great organization to work for

Cons

Long shifts during extensive floods
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Pleasant work environment but overly administrative

Pleasant work environment but overly administrative. Commonwealth Procurement Rules create structure and easy to follow.
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.1 out of 5 stars for Culture

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