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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

4.2
  • #11 in Government & public services
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) Reviews

Based on 15 surveyed graduates working at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.2
Based on 15 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • PM&C provides a large variety of areas to work across, so graduates and other employees can get incredible amounts of experience while there.
  • The different and diverse experiences you can have all within the one department. Each work area has a different perspective and unique view which allows you to continue to learn and build upon new skills.
  • The diversity of work that is offered across the department, and the effort of the grad program to make sure you work across as many different areas as possible.
  • Broad experience at the forefront of government.
  • The exposure to a wide range of Government processes and core policy. The focus on work-life balance and well being.
  • The turnover at PM&C is very high. Supervisors and coworkers can leave and be replaced quickly, which can make working there slightly more difficult if you prefer a consistent environment.
  • At times the department misses the mark on work life balance and some areas are less willing to change work practices in line with the rest of the department.
  • Working within the Public Service hierarchy and working directly to (sometimes unstable) politics.
  • Sometimes hard to achieve what you want, it’s a big machine that needs significant push to get moving.
  • Managing situations that you may personally disagree with and continuing to effectively performing your job.

What Insiders Say

8.7
Career Prospects
8.7
Career Prospects
There are a great deal of progression opportunities at the lower and middle levels, however it tends to become more competitive when applying for senior management opportunities. Often internal promotions become limited at the higher levels, and staff move between Government Departments in order to receive promotions. - Graduate, Canberra
8.9
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.9
Corporate Social Responsibility
As a Government Department, all our projects are targeted toward improving the circumstances of Australians. All our policies and programs are done in the interest of best representing and providing for the Australian population. - Graduate, Canberra
7.9
Culture
7.9
Culture
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
8.8
Diversity
8.8
Diversity
PM&C does have a diversity action plan and a reconciliation action plan. However, it does struggle to keep and maintain these m employees. PM&C has a CALD network, women's network, LGBTIQA+ network and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee network. PM&C also takes part in the following programs: Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Development Program Indigenous Apprenticeship Program Trainees and Cadets Indigenous Australia Government Development Program Offers maternity leave 12 months unpaid and also offers men the ability to take paternity leave to help care for their children - Graduate, Canberra
7.9
Satisfaction
7.9
Satisfaction
This has varied depending what area I was in as a graduate. In one area with very little work available I would have rated my satisfaction as 1 or 2. In my current position where I actually have work to do and feel like I'm making a meaningful contribution to the team I would rate it a 9. Hence my compromised rating of 7. - Graduate, Canberra
8.3
Management
8.3
Management
Managers are accessible, although in busier environments you might need to take them time to ask to speak with them. They are good at giving out feedback. - Graduate, Canberra
8.1
Office Work Environment
8.1
Office Work Environment
The Department is transitioning to an "agile" work environment (hot-desking, paper-light, etc) which has been problematic for quite a few areas in terms of security concerns. In general though, facilities are great and the spaces open and pleasant to be in. Dress code is dependent on area/division, though men can easily wear work dress pants and a button up shirt without tie. The Department has an office in Barton and another in Woden; typically dress code is far more relaxed in Woden. - Graduate, Canberra
8.2
Recruitment
8.2
Recruitment
This has changed since my time- The interview process for myself started with an aptitude test, composing a few elements. Following this, we flew up to Canberra, where three "sessions" were held with about 20 other applicants. The sessions were a 'speed dating' format, whereby you had 5 minutes to answer a question and discuss it with two people - not your standard questions either. Then there was a team session, where five people were asked to discuss a policy issue and present to a panel. Finally, there was a "networking" event, where the grads, interviewers and previous grads mingled and you could ask questions and form connections. - Graduate, Canberra
7.5
Salary
7.5
Salary
No bonuses, the pay is decent and a very welcome change coming from being a student, though it is a bit disheartening to know that we are generally performing at the level of APS5 and only paid at the APS3 level. This is about a $15,000 difference annually. - Graduate, Canberra
7.8
Training
7.8
Training
Some of the training has been very good, some has been less effective. When targeted to graduates and specially addressing core skills or knowledge gaps graduates typically have the training was very valuable. More generic training that was adapted ad hoc was less useful, e.g. training on one note software with many already familiar with program. - Graduate, Canberra
8.8
Work Hours
8.8
Work Hours
Some areas need more hours than others. In general, work is very flexible: you have flex time, so can take extra hours off to make up for days where you work more. However, often urgent tasks come through which might mean you need to stay late. - Graduate, Canberra
6.1
Sustainability
6.1
Sustainability
We are currently in the process of becoming 'paper-lite', meaning that things are only printed when absolutely necessary. - Graduate, Canberra