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Updated 11 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance, good people development" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Employee owned company - all shareholders work for Beca" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "A bit of an old boys club, career prospects based on who you know rather than your ability" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance can get out of whack depending on which project you're working on" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate - worked here for 9 months"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Canberra
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Canberra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beca full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beca recruits to fit our Values which are Partnership, Tenacity, Care and Enjoyment which means we have great people aligned to these ideals to work with everyday

    Cons

    The only con I can find is that it's still taking us time to get brand awareness in Australia. I'd love more people to know about this great company.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for making my everyday better since joining Beca

    Beca Response

    11 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Advisor

    Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. It's wonderful to see you've had such a great journey so far at Beca. Our values and purpose underpin what our amazing people do... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good launching pad"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional working environment, huge variety of opportunities, developing relationships with Tier 1 clients.

    Cons

    Career advancement, (non-ASX) share scheme used in place of pay rises.

    Beca Response

    22 Oct 2018 – Employer Brand Advisor

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - we really value your feedback. It's wonderful to hear you've had a huge range of opportunities in our Melbourne team, and got to work with some of our... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Engineering Consultant - intermediate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, nice people.

    Cons

    Very less ambitious, behind the market in technology, lowest pay in the market of similar companies. Nz Centred culture

    Advice to Management

    Change them

    Beca Response

    2 Sep 2018 – Marketing and Communications Advisor

    Thanks for taking the time to place feedback. If you would like to chat to someone about your concerns, please reach out to one of our People & Culture team for a confidential discussion.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Snr Civil Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Designer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Designer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture by educating, promoting diversity, meetings. etc. (acting on it can be another thing).
    - Great office's location, easy to access by public transports.
    - Great Graduates programme.
    - Free travels to New Zealand and other states within Australia.

    Cons

    - Too many meetings, events. etc. to cover up the lack of projects available.
    - Not nurturing & promoting the talented/ skilled/ productive people.
    - A small player in Australia (Tier 2/3), NZL's HQ don't see that as a problem.
    - No indications of monitoring skill levels (stuck at intermediate/ senior levels)

    Advice to Management

    - Too many meetings, events. etc. to cover up the lack of projects available.
    - Need to nurturing & promoting the talented/ skilled/ productive people.
    - Invest more in Australia

    Beca Response

    2 Sep 2018 – Marketing and Communications Advisor

    Cheers for the feedback - as with all feedback, we will make sure to pass this on.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Moving in the wrong direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people actually doing the work are great with many that will do anything to help others.
    Grad program is one of the best.
    CEO is great and very well respected.

    Cons

    Strategic Direction is lacking. A lot of talk, but very little substance.
    Culture of the company used to be excellent, but has definitely changed (for the worse) over the last few years.
    Many of the upper management appear to only be looking out for themselves, often at the expense of others. Many people have left recently as a result of this.
    Career progression is limited. Once again a lot of talk, but if you want to proceed, you really need to undertake section management. If this isn't your thing, then your career will stagnate.
    Sales team seem to only really be pushing secondments which are probably not great for the training of junior/intermediate engineers.

    Advice to Management

    refer above


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Forget NZ - get with the times"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Eng in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Mechanical Eng in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture (trending down)
    Good values

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Expect you to go above and beyond with no bonus scheme
    Over reliance on NZ - missed big opportunities in Aus
    Senior managers have small networks in Aus
    HR has too much influence

    Advice to Management

    As above


  7. Helpful (2)

    "1980's white boys club"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beca full-time

    Pros

    In some occasions, you will be lucky to travel New Zealand either for conference or business. Free travel ticket!

    Cons

    Old school white boys management club. Recruitment and promotion is done through their network.
    Large overhead, money spent on HR and admin, trying to prove the great diversity and work & life balance, which turns out to be just linkedin and facebook profile building. Lacking integrity.
    Some technical directors are actually not technical.
    Business model only works in New Zealand, there is a push from board to conquer Asia and Australia... but with the old school management style, a huge success will be much in doubt.
    Incompetent senior staff have been paid well, engineers who actually do the work get paid peanuts.

    Advice to Management

    You should be able to figure out what to do if you actually read through all the comments.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Admin / Corporate services."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to technical work, some strong team members, salary.

    Cons

    Lot's of pressure, hard to get time with the right people to help you, work life balance. Not much security with restructures.


  9. "Work culture makes everything possible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - progressive work culture
    - diversity, gender equality, equal opportunity
    - niche power engineering capability

    Cons

    - small market share in Australia


  10. Helpful (16)

    "Strong Career Development for Grads"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great grad program takes you to Auckland for 3 conferences to meet the other 120 grads across the business.
    Leaders are very approachable and contactable especially for Grads if proactive.
    Leaders/section managers have a strong focus on employee development so if you want to travel or work in different teams they do their best as they see the value in a broad range of experience. Managers are also really happy for you to pursue random extra curricular projects/activities both internally and externally such as research/mentoring/societies conferences etc
    For the Aussies, would highly recommend spending 1+ months NZ/Auckland if you get the chance. Beca is a beast in NZ.
    Great culture, social club, Friday drinks, annual functions etc. good work life balance too.

    Cons

    Being a tier 2/3 company in Australia means the big/exciting projects are not as common. However this is a strength in a way as this gives opportunities to work in a growing company with lots of smaller projects giving you variety. If you want the big projects then a stint in NZ is a must

    Advice to Management

    Seems to be a high turnover for intermediates. Keep up the opportunities for all levels, building Australia as a powerhouse needs NZ involvement, the new structure is helping to facilitate this but the more cross pollination the better!