Downer Reviews

Updated 29 Jul 2020

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3.2
65%
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Downer Managing Director and CEO Grant Fenn
Grant Fenn
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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    listen inclusive diverse work and people want to be innovative so want employees to think outside the box flexible work hours/days purchase leave options

    Cons

    mining division being sold so one option/industry going

  2. "good company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Large, diverse across industry and present all across Australia

    Cons

    Communication and development of employees leaves a lot to be desired

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  3. "Project engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Great bunch of people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of work, pay is not good

  4. "Good most of the time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Local company that doesnt doesnt have to answer to ivory towers overseas

    Cons

    More hours than ancitipated usually

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  5. "Downer Review"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Mechanical Engineer in Melbourne

    I worked at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is very nice.

    Cons

    Fairly cut throat. Constant job cuts on a yearly basis around mid year. Not a lot of job security.

  6. "Worked at Downer"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Project Chief Operating Officer in Sydney

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture, supportive team

    Cons

    Nothing I could think of.

  7. "Poor direction"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment, learnt a lot

    Cons

    Lack of decision making by higher management. Like to play the blame game.

  8. "Good people"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Downer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people Location is good Variety Of work is ok

    Cons

    Low money No career progression

  9. "Downer"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Downer part-time

    Pros

    They will readily employ entry-level engineers and granted many learning experiences.

    Cons

    They were horribly understaffed, having no choice but to throw new employees into the deep end with minimal training. Staff morale was lower than I have seen in any other workplace due to a history of mistreatment and lack of respect from middle-management. And that's not even to mention the fact that many staff contracts were brought to light due to their suspicious nature of underpaying staff. The "safety-first" aspect of the job was highly pretentious. There was no shortage of signage and safety inductions, which were blatantly ignored with various activities which placed employees in high-risk scenarios on a near-daily basis (being elevated without a harness, breathing silica dust without the provision of an effective mask, overly-strenuous manual labour, etc.) I would not recommend working for the Downer branch in Victoria.

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  10. "Ok"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hi Rail Operator in Tom Price
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay and co workers. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor upper management at times

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