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Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Reviews
Reviews by Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar3.9GradAustralia surveyed 17 graduates working at Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 17 responses.
- The varied work tasks, exposure to both gas and electricity markets and operations, opportunities to grow and develop.
- Opportunities galore for a graduate.
- Great learning experience, great people, interesting work.
- Fulfilling work.
- Flexible working hours, variety of work, friendly people, different times, wealth of knowledge from all people.
- Large workload.
- Can be siloed and difficult to find out information if you don't know the right people to talk to.
- Little room for promotion up the company, employees can get stuck in roles, tendency to get understaffed (reactive to people movements/workload) - Serious silo-ing. Poor communication across the company - Mixed benefits
- Resistant to change, very risk-averse, generally run out of Melbourne
- Low capex due to tough budgetary pressures.
What insiders say about…
I've been in two rotations and the day-to-day responsibilities have been vastly different. Rotation 1: Markets I was involved in analysing and reporting on the National Electricity Market and various Gas markets, including daily and weekly reports, reports that analysed price volatility. I was also involved in other technical reports as well as some ad hoc project work. Rotation 2: Stakeholder Relations My role is entirely project-based, so day-to-day responsibilities depend on the project I am working on. This role allows me to see how different business units within AEMO interact and also how AEMO interacts with external stakeholders.
The culture in AEMO is very welcoming. There is a great support network that is build up around graduates - we have a grad buddy (from another grad cohort), a manager, a mentor, the rest of the grad cohort and wider AEMO colleagues. AEMO is a geographically diverse organisation, however special effort is made by management to ensure that everyone in the team feels connected. For example, through visits to other sites, video conferencing, lunch meetings and phone conversations. On a social level, I connect regularly with other graduates in my state (and in other states when I am on-site) and also am involved with AEMO's social club and ad-hoc after work drinks.
There were many layers of recruitment, I feel like this ensures that the most appropriate person for the job is hired. The process took place over two months and included a written application, phone interview, group assessment centre, psychometric testing and a one on one interview with a general manager.
The questions asked were fairly standard behavioural and motivational questions. No technical questions were asked. No trick questions were asked.
Explore AEMO's website and read some of our publications relevant to your area of specialty. Have an understanding of the power system and economic market behind it - know the lingo.
Standard is 38 work hours. Flexible working conditions is very dependent on you and your manager. Currently I am on a project so I am working more hours a week, however my manager has agreed to give me time-off after the project is completed.
At the moment I would consider my salary competitive within the industry but do have concerns how this will track 5 - 10 years into the future. It seems that people do find better offers elsewhere once they are further into their career.
Moving expense help, paid for work related travel (taxis, hotel, airfare), flexibility to extend a work travel trip to spend personal time in that area, study financial assistance, industry memberships.
Immediate managers very accessible. Internal communication good. Feedback could be better (positive or negative).
Plenty of training opportunities.
It takes experience, skillsets, and a good network of colleagues.
It doesn't appear as though diversity is an issue in the recruitment process. We have a great, diverse bunch of colleagues, all of whom have integrated well within the company and its culture.
Provision of paid volunteer leave allows employees to benefit their community more easily.
Company has multiple offices around the country, some are better than others. Facilities are not new but not too old either. Dress code: men are in shirts with no ties. Casual Friday (men wear jeans and a t-shirt).
Company has a sustainability initiative, but it does not appear to permeate all areas of the business, particularly paper use etc.Join us to bookmark!
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