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Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities Reviews
Reviews by Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 51 graduates working at Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 51 responses.
- Good teamwork culture, good manager, good work life balance
- Friendly atmosphere. Well respected organisation. Opportunities for advancement
- Chance to be involved with a wide range of interesting issues. Good progression prospects. Good social environment.
- The feeling that I am contributing to real-world outcomes while being intellectually stimulated by my work. Culture is also fantastic. Has also exposed me to many areas of policy, regulation and implementation.
- The great workplace culture. I've found most people, from the lower levels right up to the Secretary, to be very approachable.
- Highly politicised, which can be a bad thing sometimes.
- Limited opportunity to work outside of Canberra
- Limited contact with other companies/Departments.
- It's in Canberra
What insiders say about…
I undertake a wide variety of work and attend a number of meetings with external stakeholders.
The fortnightly Happy Hour sessions are well attended across the Department. There are also lots of health and wellbeing events held at lunchtime, cultural events and our Social Club is very active. I've interacted with a lot of SES staff in the course of my work and found most to be very helpful and approachable.
Questions were focused on what you would do in a certain situation.
The public service allows you to negotiate your own start and finish times. The only requirement is that you must work a 7.5 hour day, which amounts to a 37.5 hour week (when working full time). Your working times can be negotiated with your supervisors, and supervisors are understanding when you may need to have appointments during work areas. On average, staff within my immediate team begin work anywhere between 7am-9:30 am, and finish between 3:30pm and 6pm. At times, staff may need to work additional hours. However, depending on your position within the company, you are compensated for those hours. For example, as an APS1-6 (entry to mid-level employee), you accrue flex hours, and you can then use those hours to take time off work (through consultation with your supervisor).
No bonuses but pay is very good for the work required
The opportunity to provide value and advance the interests of the Australian people.
Middle management are generally quite available in my experience. Senior executives are always busy (understandably) so are less accessible. The Department has management systems in place for individual performance, and a number of series of meetings and communication channels for internal distribution of information
Could be better targeted to address the actual problems we encounter in our day to day work (e.g. using departmental systems properly).
Acting at the next level up is reasonably easy to obtain, but substantive promotion opportunities are harder to come by (rarer, more hotly contested).
The Department provides paid maternity leave and employs women in a number of senior management roles.
The Department could improve, but the employees are good, especially via the Social Club.
Dress code is reasonably relaxed although still office appropriate. Dress is casual on Fridays. Office space is nice and located next to a park and plenty of cafes/restaurants in central Canberra.
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