Downer Group
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My experience after more than 5 years was negative if you hadn’t come from a rail background or from opposition company in Newcastle which a lot seemed to have come from it wasn’t a case of what you know rather whom you worked with previously.


Good wages


Poor management, bullying and harassment ignored
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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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The contract changes every few years now the job is being handled by a company called Lend Lease. The job itself was very much a lot of fast responses to vehicle crashes and traffic management.
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Very proffessional company

Downer are very well organised and management were the best I've encountered in my career. They have systems in place that are industry leading. The work was challenging and rewarding and however, being a FIFO contract the work/life balance was most challenging (4 weeks on and 1 week off)
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Good and fair

Downer is a great place to work everyone is willing to help.after my first week i was part of a well functioning crew so happy for the opportunity Downer gave me.
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very easy going work conditions

very understanding at the start Indirect discrimination at the extreme level A lot of promises but no out come Lured into the trap of promotion and as per the company requirements I found out after 2 months there was never such thing team leader position and got pushed away from home which added up one extra hour of travel
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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.


Good supervision


Poor camp logistics and food.
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fun and educational

- far from home but a good work environment with a lot of learning opportunities and chances to travel under good management and a strong bind between other companies


good hours and travel oppurtnities


far from home
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ok to work for

just another construction company. management are not the best. the people in the field are great. big company so you are just another number to them.


good money


broken promises
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Great Company to work for - I'd work for them again

worked on two great projects in WA. Unfortunately Downer lost both jobs to other companies but it was great while it lasted. Great comraderie across most of the site.


well paid, no issues


long rosters were difficult for some
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very professional company

A company I enjoyed working with due to the people and the integrity of the downer group, long term work was a bonus and the variety of work also, a company I would highly recommend. also opportunities for advancement and training.


good roster


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company lacks support and training

company promotes its self as a tier 1 and is well structured but unfortunately this not the case. many personnel are struggling with the recently introduced systems however there is not support to train personnel.
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About 3 years late to the party

While a lot of companies have already experimented with outsourcing to offshore contractors, realised it doesn't work, and brought the roles back into local offices - Downer is only just beginning this experiment and there is very little job security. The office in North Ryde is basically the same as any other North Ryde/Macquarie Park office, the pay is around average, sothere is not much incentive that separates it from the many many other corporate jobs in the area. Accept that it is particularly slow, offers very little in the way of growth (both salary wise and personal development), and offers zero perks. I would say it's good for someone looking for short time employment, but even then it's nothing special


Flexibility (though not all departments are flexible)


Unsecure; no development; slow moving; no perks/incentives
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Gain lots of experience as an a electrician with Downer.

I enjoyed my time working with Downer and I was lucky to get some training as well and good experience.On the big projects it can be quite strict with many supervisors and safety guys.
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great to work for

had worked for them briefly before being employed with Peabody , but also worked with Roach in western Australia as well . Great company to work for .
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Short term project with a good team to achieve on time on budget outocme

A professional approach and team. A good outcome with the job completed inside the scope set down. The right people for the task, right balance for a dayshift and a nightshift. Great company


Well exectuted project on all fronts


Job was not long enought to learn the company system thoroughly
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Great company, good leadership and training

Had a great learning experience with Downers they offered me great opportunities to further my skills and knowledge within the mining industry. Provide all the necessary means for new comers onsite Just an overall great company to work for
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Downer EDI

When I worked for Downer, I had a great team and a pro-active manager with a driven attitude. I wanted to stay there for longer, however my visa expired.


Free Lunches


Distance to travel
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Boilermaker/ welder

The job on Groote would have to be a highlight of my career , bar none... the comraderie was great.. though the work was tough.. we got through it , we had a great leadership team.. and really kicked some goals.. i would go back there on the next expansion...


Absolute paradise


Pretty rough old plant
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Good company to work for

Good company to work for, with a very professional management team. Very diversified with job opportunities. Downer has the ability to draw on staff and resources internally from other projects to assist with delivery of projects ontime. Unfortunately, in my opinion, job security is not forthcoming in my chosen field, however, Downer does make an effort to find alternative opportunities.
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Based on 454 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 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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