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Austal Reviews

Updated 16 January 2019
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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
  • "Upper management is very isolated from the work force" (in 8 reviews)

  • "This leads to some growing pains and aggravation" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    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 pay...stressful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Shipfitter in Mobile, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Shipfitter in Mobile, AL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work in a stressful environment run by some inexperienced supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the employee feedback


  6. "Hyped up expectations of grandeur shattered by a standard of mediocrity."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much work at all.
    Fun coworkers to work with

    Cons

    No future at this company
    Stupid corporate policies
    Very stupid management
    Have to work with the Navy

    Advice to Management

    Get real. Quit being so far up in the clouds so you can manage what goes on down the line so deadlines are met.


  7. "Engineering: Stable, sound, but no chances for advancing or growing."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mobile, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mobile, AL (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for area, good healthcare, relaxed working environment, nice amenities, per diem rocks if you leave town for work.

    Cons

    Zero schedule flexibility, lots of paper pushing work, no incentive or chance to grow, support when off-site doing work is dismal to non-existent, slow pace, 'management' in some Eng. departments are grossly unqualified. HR can be very mouthy.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your engineers, be more involved with projects, be flexible with schedules, give incentives for getting certifications or growing your career.

  8. "Great Opportunity for Taking on Responsibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth, ability to take on responsibility, recognizes those who put forth effort

    Cons

    Process growing pains can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Engineering department"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technical Assistant in Mobile, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technical Assistant in Mobile, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time

    Pros

    Good money, and great coworkers

    Cons

    Very little growth and advancement oportunities

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  10. "It was ok, I guess."

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    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Mobile, AL (US)
    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Mobile, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, consistent work, no layoffs or rainouts

    Cons

    Slim chance of upward mobility if you aren't related to any members of management or play golf with them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving jobs to your family members when there are several more qualified applicants.