The culture as a whole is very good, with some excellent teams and areas and some average teams and areas. Especially the "traditional' PMC functions are highly dependent on their line agencies and can take on a lot of their characteristics. These areas are generally, although not always, quite flat in their management structures, staff are empowered and given responsibility. Indigenous Affairs is more laid back and hierarchical, with more of an emphasis on damage minimisation rather than maximising positive outcomes. Indigenous Affairs is also less "political" and more empathetic, while other functions can be a bit more adversarial. Overall though, a really fantastic culture that mostly empowers staff and creates positive connections. People are almost always willing to help. There isn't a hell of a lot of after hours socialising, but that's more of a function of Canberra than DPMC. Senior Executives come to things like Social Club events, and people go out together, but there isn't the Friday night drinks as a team like other organisations.
- Graduate, Canberra