Downer Group
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Casual and productive

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It is a casual work with a tight schedule. It is suitable for students who are looking for fixed income while completing your degree. It does not promote career growth
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enjoyable workplace with scope for advancement

I enjoyed my time with downer. Id recommend this company to any one looking for stable well paid work. There was a very good balance of work and family life.
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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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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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Great place to work

Pre start, how the job is going, any questions or inquires and then given your job for the day. Was given the opportunity to try new things and to make sure that we all went home at the end of shift to our families. Everyone was great to be around and more than happy to give you advice and let you learn new things.


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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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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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FIFO lifestyle & conditions are similar to other companies

Dynamic fast paced role typical of mining construction projects. Seeing the project evolve and coming to life is very rewarding. Has the usual challenges & time constraints of remote sites.
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Very organized in tooling.

They are very organized in tools and the supervisors are easy to work with.I worked few times in bhp port never had a problem in management.great worked environment.
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I want to move over to Australia

my Work as water service man is to repair burst water main and service line. I’m really good with people I’m friendly and I work hard. Hardest part of work is when bosses keeps on changing shifts
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Fast paced, time constraints and limited communication between team members. Poor management and organisation.

Think twice before you decide to work for this company where you meet up with lots of rude colleagues as they prefer to speak their own language rather than English. It's a place where there is no time for morning greetings. There is limited communication between the workers and the company has poor management.
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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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i found there was a lot of pressure on to get things done quickly on night shift and made for a stressful place to work, this all came from the supervisors. when on day shift was a much better atmosphere to work in


long hours and pressure
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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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Clean air con place with great facilities

Worked half day, with no unnecessary pressure. People and colleagues were fun to work for and always helpful. Spent mos of the afternoon by myself and answering call.


Sometimes needed help on breaks
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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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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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: continues work for 6 day's with overtime : improvement of my knowledge to work with and to share my : knowledge to my co worker : always updated for what is going on and what was happening : good environment : is to be a part of it to finished the job safe


free ute as a transportation


long hours with overtime
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Working 60-80 hours per week and getting paid ok

My experience was below average but it was because of the nature of the role. A typical day was 8 am - 6 pm plus some work at home. Weekends typically 5-10 hours of work. The manager was fly in and fly out manager and he did not have any intention to develop me. The workplace was isolated from the company because of the nature of the role. Hardest was to get criticised for things that were not my responsibility One weekend day of free over 6 weeks was the only enjoyment.
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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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