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

Please describe your company's culture both in the office and after hours. Let us know about the structure and hierarchy, cooperation and teamwork, and socialising amongst colleagues.

It varies by area, but where I work within the Department there are lots of social events organised throughout the year and regular Friday drinks and morning teas. It is quite a flat structure and everyone works together really well.
Graduate, Canberra
Most people are passionate about their work but don’t live and breathe it outside of work hours. Socialising among colleagues depends on divisions but is pretty good.
Graduate, Canberra
Close, friendly and supportive. I often meet up with colleagues after hours. Parts of PM&C are quite hierarchical, but there’s plenty of cooperation and teamwork across all levels.
Graduate, Canberra
The work culture is fantastic and supportive. My values of a sense of contribution, respecting other people’s views no matter which walk of life you come from, are all incredibly important values to me.
Graduate, Canberra
Some managers are amazing and want to build their staff up. Overall, it can be insular and perhaps not recruit that diversely.
Midlevel, Canberra
Very supportive work place, good colleagues, effective senior leadership.
Entry level, Canberra
Hierarchy is too embedded and relied upon as a structure for work allocation. There should be a more flexible approach to allocation of work — who is the best fit, has the most capacity and is able to complete the work. There is strong cooperation and teamwork amongst colleagues.
Entry level, Canberra
Hierarchies are sometimes obstructive and unnecessary. They cause people at junior levels to avoid making decisions. Teamwork and cooperation is good in my immediate team, but it does not permeate throughout the organisation. Socialising is likewise better in small teams than in the whole organisation.
Entry level, Canberra
Colleagues socialise together but they can be quite 'clicky' and it can be hard to be accepted into the group. In the larger office inter-office gossip was a problem. It is hard to get promoted as the higher echelon does not move on or retire.
Entry level, Toowoomba
People make friends with their colleagues here. It's a good place to make connections. It's a very hierarchical organisation but people are team players and work well together. My colleagues are highly professional and capable people that I get to learn from.
Entry level, Canberra
Culture across the organisation is quite divided, the organisation is separated into 5 divisions and has two national offices and a number of regional offices. The hierarchy can be quite top down depending on the division and team. My particular team has a positive, supportive culture but this is not universally the case.
Entry level, Canberra
Very flat structure compared to many agencies or workplaces. The areas I work in are friendly and supportive. There is socialisation amongst colleagues, including with interest groups.
Midlevel, Canberra