Propeller Aero Reviews

Updated 30 Apr 2021

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Propeller Aero CEO and Co-Founders Francis Vierboom and Rory San Miguel (no image)
Francis Vierboom and Rory San Miguel
14 Ratings
  1. COVID-19

    "Growing business"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The fast growth means we get to work on things that really impact the business. I've worked at other high growth companies before where you lose the start-up feel. Even though things are changing here, we still have that really fun, high energy and creative start-up vibe that I enjoy. Sometimes the remote work was hard during the peak of Covid, but I think it was our company culture that got us through and saw us come out of it stronger and still growing.

    Cons

    The other side to the excitement of fast growth is that things do get really busy here. I like to keep myself busy, but can imagine it might be full on for some people

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  2. "All of the good things you hear about tech start up's"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A highly collaborative environment where everyone in the business genuinely lives by our mantra of 100% impact and 0% ego. Everyone knows what they are responsible for and how that role contributes to the success of the business. Being the size we are, this means everyone works on really meaningful tasks, either directly for the customer or in some kind of support function.

    Cons

    No cons. However, if you like a perfectly structured working environment with a plan in place for everything, this isn't the environment for you. We're growing and learning as we go, so sometimes things don't run perfectly and you need to be ok with that.

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  3. "Fast paced, interesting work un-tethered by corporate bureaucracy"

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

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

    Pros

    Own the problems you solve Love the people you work with Be heard and informed on all aspects of the product

    Cons

    It's a start up, the whole four walls and ceiling are a gamble but accepted risk = potential reward. You're still guaranteed to get something out of your time here.

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Surry Hills
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Propeller is made up of a some incredibly welcoming and super smart people, who are never hesitant to lend a hand or have a chat. They make you feel like part of the family from day one. Leave your ego at the door, there's no petty competition here. Everyone is genuinely supportive of each other and you really get a sense that everyone is working towards the same goal.

    Cons

    Fairly loose work structure means a lot of figuring things out as they go. Be prepared for lots of experimenting and changes as the company finds it's legs and figured out the best way to get things done. Flat hierarchy means you're expected to step up, work independently, and be self-driven. The culture is friendly, but at the end of the day, you have to be driven, passionate, and good at what you do.

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  5. "typical startup"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, work life balance

    Cons

    low salary

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent Team and Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    An exceptional place to work, providing a rewarding and healthy culture. Focused on common goals and supporting each employee to be the best that can be. Every day you will learn something new and have your ideas challenged. Very direct and supportive feedback in a manner that makes us all better.

    Cons

    Located in a very high cost of living area (but it does have the associated upsides). Fighting for the best chair is a never ending battle.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "A small, committed team of super smart people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Content Lead in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Propeller is picky about who it hires. Only seriously excellent people make the cut. Being part of such a high-quality team feels amazing. It pushes and inspires you to do your best work. - The culture here is the best I've ever known. There is zero tolerance for any of that toxic workplace politics stuff. Seriously. No bad-mouthing people behind their backs, no trampling on others to get ahead. I've never felt anything less than 100% encouraged and supported by every single team member. - Though I'm based in Sydney, I've been lucky enough to spend some time in Propeller's Denver office, which was a great experience. With offices in the US and Australia, and remote workers scattered across the globe, there are some travel opportunities available. - As a woman, support for me in this male-dominated workplace (and sector) has been explicit and unwavering.

    Cons

    - Like any fast-growing startup, Propeller is still 'figuring it out' on a few fronts. That said, asking for and delivering critical feedback is baked into the culture here, so mistakes tend to be quickly identified and corrected. - Right now, the company is grappling with the transition from scrappy startup to professional mid-sized business. This is challenging, but also exciting. It feels like everyone is committed to establishing an structure that allows for maximum efficiency, without losing the casual, non-hierarchical culture that we love. - Like all tech startups, there is an over-representation of white men here. However, Management and HR are the first to call this out, and I genuinely believe they're taking the right steps to correct this.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Propeller truly strives to be best in class for culture, opportunity and product offering. It's a collaborative hub of driven and talented people and it's been a refreshing change moving from an overly corporate environment into a progressive and challenging learning environment. Highly recommend for those interested in tech and beyond.

    Cons

    Typical growing pains related to rapid expansion. Busy, fast-paced, with a real sense of responsibility.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best place I've ever worked"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    * I have flexibility to work full time in university holidays and part time while pursuing study in computer science. I can work remotely to fit around my study schedule which means I can work from home or from university to avoid travel between classes and the office * There is a flat management structure where our leadership trusts that employees will deliver results, whether they work remotely or at one of our offices. Fortnightly demo days by company-wide video chat give everyone an equal have an opportunity to present our achievements. We are judged on the quality of our work and contribution to team goals, wherever we complete our work. * I've been supported to move quickly from an entry-level role into an engineering team, where I've had the opportunity to learn on the job and develop new skills. Engineers on my team actively share their experience and direct me to new learning resources and opportunities. * There is a collegial environment where I feel my contributions are respected. My team lead communicates how much he values my work and my colleagues always welcome the feedback I provide as a QA. * Our management actively advocate for a workplace where women feel valued, and my colleagues have always been respectful.

    Cons

    * It's still growing, so I haven't been able to move into the specific area of computer science that I'm interested in, but management have always supported me to get as close to that goal as possible within the constraints of the job roles that are available.

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  10. "Managers"

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

    I have been working at Propeller Aero full-time

    Pros

    Autonomous work is a plus

    Cons

    No a lot of direction

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