Downer Group
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Low job security otherwise not a bad place to stay

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Fast paced and stressful working environment but good for learning and team work. Work colleagues are great but Management often had little or no technical knowledge about the project. Not enough training or offer on job security once project was finishing. Favouritism, for new projects positions usually distributed among friends rather based on knowledge and skills

Pros

Great colleagues and team, corporate benefits

Cons

Favouritism, Poor career progression, job insecurity
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Upper management don't care about employees

No weekend penalty rates wouldn't pay higher duties wagesUpper management told relief union case manager that an on going dispute had been delt with in house which was an outright lie

Pros

Good crew to work with

Cons

12hr shifts
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Excellent company to work for

Enjoyed working with Downer. Works starts at 06:45 am and ends around 05:00 pm. I worked in a JV where there was another company. Great management and mentoring and Downer really cares about the well being f its employee..
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stress full demanding bossy

there way or not at all not very understanding with family issues have to prove there was a death in the family demanded death certificate pay is never right always short paid or not paid then told you have to wait till next payday to be fixed
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Excellent work ethics and safety culture

Great company ethics and culture good management very approachable attitude toward staff great hours plenty of work all year round would recommend anyone to apply here

Pros

Long hours

Cons

Nil
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Awesome company

The best company I had ever worked and will in the future The work and personal life is great and work environment is very nice Manager is one of the best in the town
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Good accommodations and working staff

It is a good company to work with, the staff are very friendly. And I’m willing to work with Downer in the future project, expecting bigger project along the way. God bless us.
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Great culture, supportive management

I worked in the Derrimut FSC Gas Meter Reading contract. Very forward looking company, happy to invest in technology and equipment to improve working conditions. Flexible and encouraging management, safety focussed.

Pros

Great culture, fair pay

Cons

Nothing
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Downer upper managing should have close relationship with the customers.

Downer is a great company but due to greedyness of middle management Downer is loosing its reputation. Middle management misleading the higher management and it is too late them to realise the mistakes middle management has done. As per my experience, non of the councils that have given contracts to Downer will not reconsider to give a contract again. As ex-Downer employ I feel sad about the situation. On the other hand water & wastewater business is about 1% of total business and Downer may not worry about that but it is damaging the Downer’s reputation. It is very sad.

Pros

Downer care for the staff

Cons

Downer fully believe the middle managements lies.
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It was a joke

No management support, joke workplace, use and abuse mentality, and very over bearing enviroment.and a sad place to work with no real support from management as they did their job and ignored the real issues with in the place.
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High Speed Revolving Door

Turn over is very high. Whoever not escaped from the long term staff are overloaded with work and don't look happy. Casual workers are being tricked in accepting roles as long term roles that usually end up un expectidly in just weeks. Low paid existing staff exploit casual staff and dont give them a chance to breath. Cost is what is in the brain of staff.Forgot to say HR staff don't look low paid and more suitable for retail work.

Pros

Casually Operating Coffee machine

Cons

Poor work spirit
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Everything basically was off.

From gestapo like german supervisors (true. Two kraut supers) to overall culture the whole experience was pathetic. Couldnt have given a rats about their workers

Pros

Pay

Cons

Everything else.
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Average place to work,I have been at at a lot better.quite a few bett

Downer management at the time I was there approximately 7 yebetter9ars was a boys club very insular and nepotism was rife. Purcasing preferences within this company were given to suppliers who were giving the most benefits to those providing the orders, thus providing a lucrative overall package to those in the club. Not a good place to work if you are trusting and basically honest.

Pros

Fellow workers are frendly.

Cons

Management not consultative. Unrealistic targets.
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So far so good

been three months working for them. Very inclusive and respectful space. Has a lot of systems and management plans, therefore, it takes a while to get someone up to speed. They really care for internal referrals. A typical day at work starts at 7 am and finish it 3:30 pm and would likely take longer. Work is flexible and although they don't pay overtime I get to balance those extra hours by leaving early on a Friday or something. Not much cross-division technical support, since they all operate as separate business entities and one is on their own to solve problems but there's understanding that no one is a know it all. All in all, there are hectic days at work but I see Downer as my new home now.

Pros

Good salary, flexible hours, flexible working arrangements, inclusive culture
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Great place to work

Downer was a great company to work for, from the production crew, drill & blast, supervisors, superintendents & project manager. Highly recommended 😊. Was sad to leave them, I moved interstate

Pros

BBQs, Gifts, Xmas gift vouchers

Cons

Long roster
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awsome company

the best construction company i have ever vworked for.very family orientated.great supervision and the people you work with are like family.fantastic mess hall and great food
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If it wasn’t for the camaraderie among workers the place would be intolerable

Management have a bully response to any real and genuine concerns as they find it easier to shut it down and belittle people with their arrogant attitudes rather than try to actually resolve real problems and issues. Lots of friends and relatives make it into roles that would have been better suited to other more qualified and experienced people. It is quite a depressing place to work and the staff turnover and absenteeism directly reflect that.

Pros

It pays the bills

Cons

Some of the management only have a position because they have a mate in a higher role, Some are just terrible and sad people that are way out of touch and lack basic people skills.
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Downer is a good company to work for

since I began to work for Downer learned a lot of skill, learned how use a variety of machines, that because happen after I got my tickets at Downer excavation,skide steer, roller, Chainsaw, etc, all this tickets enabled me to become multiskilled worker, as matter fact I am proud working for Downer
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They are a bunch of bullies.

Bully team leaders. Never believe the lies about being bullied is not allowed ,they do it and let it happen. Team leaders will belittle you on site ,over the 2way and it's ok with management.

Pros

None

Cons

Team leaders are bullies.
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Good organisation that supports operational project staff and encourages implementation of good initiatives.

Good organisation that is going through changes and and is keen to be competitive in the marketplace as well as deliver to clients. Good safety culture with regular interface with Senior Executives to review performance and initiatives.

Pros

Quick Access to decision makers.

Cons

Information flow sometimes slow and not complete.
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Short term contract.

It was a short term contract from HP to backfill a full time employee . Excellent corporate culture , good salary and Work life balance. Willing to work there again.
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Based on 419 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture
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