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Sydney Water Reviews

Updated Nov 13, 2019

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3.0
54%
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Sydney Water CEO Roch Cheroux
Roch Cheroux
1 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible hours and great work life balance in many areas within the corporate area(in 22 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Culture of bullying, harassment and intimidation allowed to flourish under current management(in 6 reviews)

  • "No one gets fired so the whole company is filled with "dead wood"(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "P6 Administration"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Scheduler in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sydney Water full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and nice working condition

    Cons

    Hard it permissions and considering high security for IT stuff

    Sydney Water2019-11-14
  2. "Very toxic inviroment"

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    Former Employee - Programmer 

    I worked at Sydney Water full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The payment not bad at all

    Cons

    Very toxic inviroment, it's hard to work there

    Advice to Management

    You need to change something

    Sydney Water2019-11-12
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Customer Service Representative in Parramatta
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sydney Water for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good leadership in my team customer services, good culture, flexibility, work from home,

    Cons

    Under performers whinge a lot which impacts others

    Sydney Water2019-09-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance - great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Finance 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sydney Water full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance - great work environment

    Cons

    Adage “people leave bosses not the company” rings true.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals and make workers accountable. Be on the watch on micro managers & coach them to always lead by example. Retain managers who are competent and also have soft skills.

    Sydney Water2019-09-20
  5. "Great work life balance, decent salary, lots of problems"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sydney Water full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great leave policies Rostered days off for lower paid workers Salaries aren't bad Some really good people here Blue bus training initiative is good (even though it's not actually used in much of the company)

    Cons

    Increasing surveillance of staff: Alcohol and drug testing, GPS tracking in cars, swipe card records being analysed Much more trust is placed in consultants than Sydney water staff Very regimented structure that stifles innovation (even though the company says that it promotes it). Good performance isn't rewarded adequately but mistakes are punished, so it's a lot easier to not do anything (again, the company... says it promotes failing fast, but you can't see much of that) Slowly being privatised by replacing Sydney water staff with much more expensive consultants when they leave. The last couple of five star reviews were actually by consultants, not staff. Information is sanitised before being passed on to senior management People are promoted from outside the company rather than from within. Crazy amount of red tape!

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    Advice to Management

    Actually look at the problems and don't pretend everything is rosy. People do want to do great work and be on the blue bus, but we need to increase transparency, trust and accountability for that to happen.

    Sydney Water2019-07-30
  6. "good place to work and gain knowledge"

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    Current Employee - Environment Professional in Parramatta
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good branding in public sector

    Cons

    too many restructures, senior management must learn to retain talented people

    Sydney Water2019-07-31
  7. "Great Work (and Life Balance) - Culture is a Barrier to Change"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Parramatta
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent salary and benefits - Rostered days off every fortnight - Interesting work with a focus on quality and delivering customer value - Opportunities for upskilling widely available and encouraged by management

    Cons

    - Ingrained culture slows down potential innovation and improvements - Financing pathways make getting business cases over the line very difficult - People who endorse capital projects are not familiar with the operational assets and people

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your people when they say an asset requires replacement or upgrading - Give enough time for culture changes to see results before implementing further changes

    Sydney Water2019-07-24
  8. "BULLYING CULTURE"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Parramatta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sydney Water full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, with RDO's. Great policies and procedures.

    Cons

    Bullying, Bullying, Bullying is prevalent in the Customer Service Environment. I have been a victim of bullying and when reported the case I am required to seek employment elsewhere. The victim gets evicted and the managers are protected. There is a great policy on Bullying and what can be done about it, but no one follows the policy.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the Bullying from all levels of management and retain good staff.

    Sydney Water2019-08-21
  9. "Watch out for the bullying"

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    Former Employee - WHS Advisor in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sydney Water full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work environments outside of offices, 9 day fortnight & good work life balance

    Cons

    Exceptional amount of bullying which was managed to reduce litigation vs fix the actual problem. Investigate themselves and find nothing wrong, incomplete & biased investigations & managed of identified actions. Sydney Water lost many good people (>10) to one or two bad managers.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the bullying problem, not the litigation risk.

    Sydney Water2019-07-22
  10. "Top Place"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sydney Water full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Knowledge, challenges, people, systems, changes

    Cons

    not any that come to mind

    Sydney Water2019-06-28
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