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Downer Reviews

Updated 28 January 2019
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  • "Not female friendly - lack of understanding how work/life balance improves performance" (in 3 reviews)

  • "There is a blame culture, no accountability, responsibility or ownership" (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. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Tradesman in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Tradesman in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to have lots of work.

    Cons

    Pay is not so good.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Master Data"

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

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Good hours and work life balance

    Cons

    Not much room for cross training


  4. "Work environment"

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

    I have been working at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people but lovely environment

    Cons

    Blame others if anything goes bad instead of resolving the issue


  5. "It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Data Cable Installer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Data Cable Installer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Plenty of time off

    Cons

    Depressing culture, lots of back stabbing


  6. "Former Corporate IT staff member - tossed out with 60% of Downer Corporate IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Downer full-time

    Pros

    Safety culture (obviously an executive KPI)

    Cons

    No development of staff - even well before outsourcing - hopefully those left get a better deal
    Separate businesses with budgets bypass Corporate IT to create the next IT mess

    Advice to Management

    1) Read your own surveys and note the difference in satisfaction between Corporate IT (even well before outsourcing) and the rest of the business.

    2) If you're going to have a "Corporate IT" then enforce it and make it work, rather than have IT pretenders such as those in the former Rail Division having an IT spending frenzy, with no IT discipline e.g. the latest condition based maintenance system, which is attempt number 4. I can't wait for number 5.


  7. "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

  8. 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


  9. "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


  10. "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.