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Australian Bureau Of Statistics (ABS) Reviews
Reviews by Australian Bureau Of Statistics (ABS) graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.3GradAustralia surveyed 16 graduates working at Australian Bureau Of Statistics (ABS). Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 16 responses.
- Flexible working arrangements and office culture
- The many things to learn and improve upon. The flexibility to allow work/life balance.
- Flex time, work matters, mostly self-directed.
- Being able to work on a wide range of topics that have a real tangible benefit to Australia.
- work life balance good career progression plenty of training / development opportunities good salary
- Career advancement opportunities are lacking.
- Sometimes the 'hot desking' set up can be distracting. But it's not always so.
- Restrictions involving bureaucracy/red tape. Current difficulties caused by adjustments to decreasing budget.
- Tall hierarchy which limits an individual's agency and ability to work independently.
- head office in another city, meaning that work opportunities in my office can be limited
What insiders say about…
I use a combination of bespoke ABS legacy software, SAS and R to produce customized agricultural statistics for clients.
I love the social side of it; getting coffee with my team and other teams we work closely with more days than not, walking up to grab lunch together, after work drinks on the Friday. Socially, everyone feels on the same level, whether you're APS2 or EL1
In 2015 the interview process was as follows; - Submit application - Successful applicants complete a recorded interview - Successful recorded interviews complete a face-to-face interview with a panel of 3 ABS staff and a scribe. The materials were given 15 minutes prior and gave a chance to prepare for what questions may be asked during the interview.
A mix of situational (provide an example of when you have demonstrated .....) and contextual (from the materials provided, describe how you would/what do you think is the...)
Don't write yourself off, the ABS takes in a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Prepare for the WAY you will answer questions. Don't prepare for specific questions that may not be asked.
ABS uses flextime, which allows me to work when I need to and feel flexible enough to work around other things I need to do. No huge need to panic when you sleep in a miss the bus in the morning, though I try pretty hard not to.
Bonuses don't exist but the pay is very attractive for someone entering the workforce
Moving expenses and flex time
Senior staff are very approachable and down to earth. Direct managers are usually very good (depends on the person) but in my experience have been excellent with good communication, feedback, training and appraisal.
Learnt a lot about survey methodology and, more generally, the work that the ABS does.
There is definite upwards mobility, this is however limited by Commonwealth policy which prevents permanent promotions until bulk rounds (every 4-5 years). Also limited by section, many graduates in some sections moved up quickly, similar grads in other sections weren't given opportunities.
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