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Downer Reviews

Updated 3 December 2018
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  • "Not female friendly - lack of understanding how work/life balance improves performance" (in 3 reviews)

  • "A real blame culture with no one owning their mistakes and o nothing improved" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - General Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership and vision from senior management. Reasonable level of autonomy to deliver in role. Expectations of role made clear and support in delivering

    Cons

    Typically government contracts and very difficult clients to accept progressive change and development of product and practice. Strongly unionised workforce that slow progress too

    Advice to Management

    Greater clarity and effort in career progression planning, need to put names in boxes and commit to succession planning. Continue with vision and strong leadership as industry leaders in asset management


  2. "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Large reach - plenty of internal opportunity

    Cons

    If you are on a smaller contract - there is not much focus placed by senior leadership team

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Was a good job, lots to learn, good wage

    Cons

    Had to work very hard, was located in bad locations


  4. "Procurement Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Downer full-time

    Pros

    There are many formal processes and procedures to follow.

    Cons

    Too much politics in the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get staff to focus more on things rather than relationships between people.


  5. "manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PManger in Upper Coomera
    Former Employee - PManger in Upper Coomera
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Downer (More than a year)

    Pros

    was sick blad it was well good init

    Cons

    fully sick bru, everyone was fully loaded aye

    Advice to Management

    sick as


  6. "Excellent project but under resourced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Downer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the leading project in the industry
    Boost your CV

    Cons

    Loads of compulsory extra time is a must and you are not geting paid for this.

    Advice to Management

    "Reasonable extra hours" as whitten in the contract maybe ok, however, it is more than "Reasonable" and a lot people sacrifice so much for families and not geting any extra $$.


  7. "Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Downer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good projects
    - Senior management is experienced
    -You get to learn a lot

    Cons

    - Lack of internal communication
    - Lack of training
    - Under staffed

  8. "IT"

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

    I worked at Downer full-time

    Pros

    The business is winning lots of new contracts so there is plenty of opportunities for IT to have an impact on the business.

    Cons

    The IT department is in the dark ages. IT functions have been outsourced and offshored but the vendors are performing badly. The business bypasses IT to get stuff done.

    Advice to Management

    Sort the IT outsourcing vendors out and stop pretending it all ok.


  9. "General manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - General Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership, vision and ability to empower all levels

    Cons

    Diversity and career progression planing

    Advice to Management

    Do more to retain your talent, beyond remuneration


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Downer is a downer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in North Ryde
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in North Ryde
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I actually can’t think of a pro for this organisation.

    Cons

    Worst job of my career. Absolute boys club. No opportunity for women to progress. No interest in gender equality or giving anyone a chance that isn’t one of their own.

    Horrific technology. Cheap and ugly offices. “Blue collar” workers are treated like lepers and they are the people making the company money.

    Advice to Management

    No point, as long as management get their bonuses they have no interest in cultural transformation.