Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
1.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
1.0 out of 5 stars for Management
1.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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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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