Downer Group
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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.

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Good salary, flexible hours, flexible working arrangements, inclusive culture
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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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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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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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Great company

Awesome company to work for Good people great culture, Management was helpful and welcoming All equipment available and in good condition stores was fully equipped with tools that was needed for the job.

Pros

Great culture

Cons

Non i can think of
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Stressful and Unrewarding

Working at Downer was definitely a learning experience if one is new to the industry and thrown into a situation where he/she is put in the deep end with minimal training and an understaffed team. There is little to no room for error, but with a plant that often breaks down and with miscommunication between upper/middle management running rampant, you will often be scapegoated into blame. Staff morale is incredibly low due to questionable pay-rate decisions, continual condescension from management, and a failing safety culture where injured staff are being coerced to attend work anyway. Overall, I would only recommend this workplace if you do not have any family or social obligations, and are desperately seeking new work experience.
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Interesting and challenging

Great people to work with and interesting projects however financial renumeration that is often promised is not often followed through. I do like the company though and valued my time here.
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Great place to work

Fast paced environment which keeps you on your toe's. Everyday is different. Great culture and working environment. Management team is very helpful and resourceful.
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Snr Electrical Engineer

Downer has a changing culture dependent very much on the Area and local Project Management of the particular Project. There is a strong work ethic and loyalty from seasoned Project team members and the teams seem to be chosen by word of mouth - strong politics are involved and a high standard is demanded. I was involved in 3 FIFO Projects and overall I enjoyed my time there.
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Mixed bag

I only saw the labour-hire side of Downer, but even the long-term employees complained of a predatory work culture that saw the employees as disposable. I didn’t see the senior management as being all that smart, either.
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Good group of people to work with

Fast paced, dynamic working environment. Safety culture never an issue- 100% management support in striving for the zero harm goal. Worked with many talented, hard working individuals that delivered great results for Downer on the Gorgon Project.
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Spray painter

Fantastic place to work great people! Like family atmosphere. Great training and encouragement to strive for better as a human being ! Top management and great pay
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Good to work outside but too much away from home

Night work and away from home too much very little work close to home lacking management support good job for a single person, there safety culture is very good.
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awesome work culture lots of drink after work

Awesome company to work for management team very helpful well balance company to work with and family oriented. the hardest part of the job waiting for the job to come throw the most enjoyable part of the job is everybody get on well and look after each other.
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Long working days with great people.

Great company to work for with great people working aside you with a great safety culture. Fast paced work environment with opportunity to learn new things and advance your career if you wish to do so.
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Diverse Workload

The group has a complicated structure which gives rise to interesting and varied workload. The culture is political which provides opportunity to improve stakeholder engagement skills.
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Good people to work with.

Good work culture , have not hammered us to much so work gets done in time required . If they push too much people leave . Usually good ones first as they have most options. So much work comming up in this sector ,they may need to create different options maybe allow flexability in which segment of the company personal can move too . Otherwise good people have to go to opposition which is dumb.

Pros

Good supervision

Cons

Poor camp logistics and food.
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Very good team, worked great together to get great results

On average would arrive to set up and do quick stocktake and monitor emails and respond and action. would put in requisitions for stock and get early orders ready for customers to come in and pick up, no waiting. Workplace culture was great.
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Good work place and friendly work mate,we have fitness gym.

i have learned a lot of things from the company and from my work mate also,everyday is new day so exited to see my co-workers.the management is very helpful to everybody and if there is a new thing or they going to share to everyone.the hardest part is if your away from family.
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