Downer Reviews

Updated 18 May 2020

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3.3
66%
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73%
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Downer Managing Director and CEO Grant Fenn
Grant Fenn
73 Ratings
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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Downer2020-02-03
  2. "Good people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Downer2020-04-23
  3. "Downer"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    Downer2020-05-18
  4. "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

    Downer2020-04-16
  5. Helpful (1)

    "The role is OK"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Records Officer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Remuneration is close to what is on offer at other companies for similar position.

    Cons

    They do not care about the staff, you will feel like just another number.

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    Downer2020-04-10
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fair approuch towards emloyement of employees"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in North Ryde
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working space. Good salary. Diversity in the business of company in different industry as they have taken over many small companies along the journey of more than 100 years.

    Cons

    They can lay you off anytime Easy stand-down of your employment during COVID 19 pandemic as company is concerned for its profit and revenue then their employees.

    Downer2020-04-22
  7. "O.K"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Labourer in Port Hedland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Downer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most things work as expected.

    Cons

    Always away from your home.

    Downer2020-04-01
  8. "Good place for work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Downer full-time

    Pros

    nice people and workplace, large company

    Cons

    sometimes too busy, need to stay back

    Downer2020-03-14
  9. Helpful (2)

    "dont recomend"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NONE in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Downer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cant think of anything good

    Cons

    Poor leadership/ management style Poor training for new joiners - must self learn no appreciation not thankful for the job provided dont care about their employees at all! there is no job security Don't support diversity biased management and politics Salary packages are unrealistic

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    Downer2020-04-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good company or industry"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distribution Linesman-A Grade in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Downer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large organisation - potential to move around in the company

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication between workers and higher management No focus on staff retention

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    Downer2020-03-15
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