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Downer Group Reviews
Reviews by Downer Group graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.4GradAustralia surveyed 6 graduates working at Downer Group. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 6 responses.
- High flexibility in terms of rotations, managerial support, learning and development.
- There is a focus on development, and an excellent workplace culture.
- Very flexible, good rewards (e.g. company supports rent for relocations). Real projects and responsibility, very important work. Make significant impact. Mentoring by senior executive management team.
- I have experienced a wide range of roles and have been able to merge my technical knowledge with my passion for seeing teams develop and improve. In all this I have been supported by my peers, managers and personal mentor (the CFO) and had levels of responsibility that have challenged but developed me.
- Outdated systems.
- Limits to internal tasks - I would've liked to work with clients and more externally involved
- Limited young workers, however the graduates have formed strong bonds because of this.
What insiders say about…
Operations - delivery of product to customers, labour and material management, business improvement. Commercial - business proposals and tenders, reporting, CRM systems, research and development.
The culture is perhaps the best part of working for Downer. I would feel comfortable approaching and talking to the CEO if there was an issue for me to raise. People here are friendly and enjoy their work. The structure and hierarchy doesn't create any barriers to communication - I would feel comfortable approaching the CEO and talking to them if there was an issue I wanted to raise. Cooperation and teamwork are encouraged in all projects and generally lead to success. Socialising is encouraged, and I think this contributes to the friendly culture.
Online application and a phone interview. An all day assessment, with an interview included in the day. Successful applicants were then confirmed that night, and were required to return the following day to perform a 15 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions to the board of the company. The topic of the presentation was communicated at 7pm the night before.
It was more of a conversation than an interview. Areas of interest, times when I recognised and solved conflict, challenges I had experienced in my professional and personal life.
Be yourself, emotional intelligence is highly rated. The graduate program is looking for its future leaders.
I have worked shift work and standard hours. I have high standards for my work so seek to pursue opportunities as they arise. This leads to higher than average work hours across the business.
I believe that the pay is aligned with the current graduate market.
Management are very open in communication. They often will offer constructive, useful feedback. This goes the entire way to the executive team - Downer has an executive mentoring program where the graduates can set meetings with an assigned executive mentor to learn from them.
Training is excellent. We had a week-long training programme when the graduate program started helping us develop professional skills. These skills were mostly focused around (but not exclusive to) effective communication and relationship building.
The training we've received so far seems indicative of a commitment to development.
A work in progress, especially in engineering.
Downer have a range of programs and initiatives. There are leadership development courses offered that involve serving disadvantaged communities.
Very nice, however, it's not based in the city and there's not many food opportunities around. Not a complete business dress code, unless you're seeing a client and we get casual Friday!
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