GradAustralia surveyed 7 graduates working at Ixom. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 7 responses.
I find the environment and team that I work with are very supportive and interesting. I feel comfortable around them which improves my work experience and productivity.
The culture and people is friendly and inviting. Everyone is willing to help and answer my questions.
You gain exposure to a lot of classical engineering systems, and also get the chance to work on new and creative solutions to problems.
1. The chance to practice a commercial/sales role although I graduated with an engineering degree. 2. The role has allowed me to build my confidence in facing clients and maintaining relationships with them.
The volume of work is often stressful and can result in unfinished/forgotten work.
Coordination of work between other employees and departments can sometimes be challenging, but this is a fairly normal thing. You just have to be organised and patient.
I wish that more feedback was provided on my performance, this would help with confidence in the workplace.
1. Insufficient training, it was stressful at the beginning as I didn't know what was important/ what wasn't, hence unable to prioritise and schedule my task. It got better later on.
The company's focus is on results, they don't really care what your background is. They even consider flying employees from overseas into Australia. Everyone is friendly and respectful to each other.
Through an Ixom EDGE Community Grant, Ixom is supporting our next generation of scientists. We just sponsored students to compete in the Physics Olympiad overseas, helping them achieve their potential. I believe this will help attract students of all backgrounds to apply for our company.
One of the latest is the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project (RASPP), the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project aims to work in consultation with communities to run safe, efficient and effective aquatic facilities and to meet the needs and expectations of the communities. There are also numerous volunteering opportunities open to employees. I haven't worked on any as I am still focus on learning the business operations of the company, but will start applying for them next year.
Like most companies, we are always looking for ways to reduce our consumption of energy and production of potentially harmful waste. We have very stringent effluent treatment processes which stop unacceptable levels of chemicals leaving the site. In terms of reducing our carbon footprint, we have high energy demands for our process which limit this a bit, however we have looked into solar power and alternatives. They just can't really supply what we need.