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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.
Given AEMO is spread out amongst many cities it can be challenging to get to know people on a personal level and get hold of people. I think we could do more social events to encourage people on the same site to mix.
The application process was fairly standard for the industry. Stage 1: Application form. Including cover letter, references, resume, academic transcript and questions. Stage 2: Phone Interview. Stage 3: Assessment centre. My assessment centre had 6 people in it. There were 3 tasks. A team task, a team speaking task and a written technical assessment, which depended on the work stream you applied for. Stage 4: 'Career Chat' (i.e. final interview). Stage 5: Police and background check. Stage 6: Offer made.
Why I'd like to work at the company; what I valued; what areas I'd like to work in, etc.
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Excellent flexible working arrangements.
Pay is in line with experience and industry. Overtime and on-call arrangements are reasonable.
Volunteer leave (4 days a year for paid leave to volunteer).
Praise comes in many forms in the company. Some examples include, in our formal goal setting without managers, above and beyond awards across the whole company, shoutouts in department meetings and informal oral and written feedback.
As part of the grad program we are involved in formal training every 6 months. These formal modules cover soft skills such as time management, oral and written communication, presentation skills, tough conversations, managing upwards, etc.) Other formal training opportunities I've been involved in include market related overview courses and technical courses.
Received a promotion from graduate one level up after 1.5 years.
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