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Austal Reviews

Updated 24 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Good working atmosphere good benefits" (in 4 reviews)

  • "clean work environment as far as industrial jobs go" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "large corporation so you are more or less a number to upper management" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Excessive management, no respect for the customer or the taxpayer" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many chances for you to move around the company if you felt like taking on a new challenge

    Cons

    It is a company that has quite a niche in the market, however the market does fall significantly, jobs can be quite volitile.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the management in Austal do a sterling job considering the challenges that the face in the global market


  2. "Interesting place to work, but high pressure and "boys' club" culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Austal full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting, custom-designed ships to design or work on.
    Great opportunities to learn from a multi-disciplinary team and with the shipyard right next to the design office.

    Cons

    High pressure, uber-time-conscious environment - often the deadlines are unreasonable / counter-productive.
    A bit of a divisive boys club culture.
    Inadequate training and support for graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Address the above cons.

  3. "Beware! Unreasonable management practices and company stuck in the 80s!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Henderson
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Henderson
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product, good teams lower in the hierarchy, good canteen! Can't be more positive. Salary was average for area. Nice location on the waters edge!

    Cons

    Awful senior management culture and ethics! Annual leave used as vehicle to force extra labour. Lack of resourcing means everyone is working overtime! Lack of technology means everyone is working manually! HR have no power to stop execs firing people without due cause! Morale so low in finance and IT! No delegation, no accountability! Abandon hope all Ye who enter!

    Advice to Management

    Austal has to totally transform if it's going to be a top 1% company! There is a toxic culture in certain departments which is being ignored, despite the obvious feedback in engagement surveys. Communication is dreadful, and empowerment and delegation is non existent. Austal has all the hallmarks of a company waiting to die rather than displace BAE and Talus!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional company"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time

    Pros

    Gives exposure to view ship building facilities that helps to understand the company and its associated work

    Cons

    I am former employee. I was hired as permanent full time employee and left a very good permament job to join them.

    My employment was terminated immediately one fine morning and management didnt feel responsible to provide any notice or justification to me. I was even told that they didnt have any complaints at all but they want me to go 'just like that', without any specific reason! I requested for justification but they didnt have any. I couldnt do anything as i was still on probabtion.
    Very unprofessional behaviour as no reason or notice was provided.

    As known from my colleagues..this is common in austal perth. This has happened to many employees on past. Very unprofessional and untrustworthy company.

    Company's work methods and policies are unclear too. Lack of proper documented HSE guidelines. No basic HR induction provided on joining too.
    In short..it works like a small proprietorship company. Someone who has worked with big global companies with clear cut policies, kpi's and standards or are expecting that kind of culture..you will be hugely disappointed.


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mobile, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mobile, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every day is a rewarding experience

    Cons

    None I enjoy all aspects of my job


  6. "Good place to work but many flaws"

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    Current Employee - Fabrication Supervisor in Mobile, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Fabrication Supervisor in Mobile, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good and competitive for the area and the workload is consistent. Benefits are some of the best in the area. Potential for a decent bonus every year.

    Cons

    Moral is very low in production areas and does not look like it is heading in the right direction. Company seems to be slimming down on employees with concerns over new contracts. It seems like every shop we build is like the first one we’ve ever done, same problems over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your good A class hands and listen to them. The older generation is starting to retire and the younger folks don’t have the experience and training they need yet to take over this craft.


  7. "Terrible ethics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Austal full-time

    Pros

    The pay is amazing there.

    Cons

    They don't care about the people who work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting your friends in management when they don't have the skills to do it.

  8. "A Class Ship fitter"

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    Current Employee - A Class Ship Fitter in Mobile, AL (US)
    Current Employee - A Class Ship Fitter in Mobile, AL (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn your trade

    Cons

    Communication needs improvement between employees and management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers


  9. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time

    Pros

    New Office Building and Security

    Cons

    Poor Management, Nepotism, Micro managers, inexperienced management, terrible parking, terrible traffic

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are trained and not your friends


  10. "Hindsight"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Mobile, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Supervisor in Mobile, AL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Austal would be a good place to start building a job history. Use them to begin your career to better things and higher goals.

    Cons

    Do not expect to make a 20 or 30 year career here. This is not a place to put down roots. No one stays there that long.

    Advice to Management

    You had the chance to plan for the future but ignored it. You may have the contract but you failed to lay the proper foundation. Your financial reports show it.


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