GradAustralia 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.
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.
Work hours are reasonable and I have been encouraged to not work too late. People are supportive and helpful, and yet encourage me to work independently and take high levels of responsibilities. After hours socialization is irregular and infrequent however has been encouraged and people are receptive.
The interview process consisted of an online application, followed by a phone interview, and then a two day assessment centre. The first day of the assessment centre had a face-to-face interview, and some teamwork assessments. The second day of the assessment centre had us delivering a presentation to members of the executive team.
Understand what the business does, and assess your strengths to determine how you could fit into what they do.