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.
My day to day activities include updating drawings and technical documents, helping other engineers on the plant with work that they need done, and completing projects on my own. The majority of my workload is projects, most of which are my sole responsibility.
Colleagues are more than willing to answer any of my questions. After work we enjoy partaking in social sports leagues - Volleyball and Basketball thus far. Friday refreshments are also regularly had to relax and unwind with each other as we ease into the weekend
Application Form (No covering letter - Resume only) made for an easy process Online recorded interview.
Engineering experience this far, what would you do in situation X, give examples of when you showed X value
Whilst job hunting, during interviews I was generally always asked the same situational based questions. Prepare yourself with stories to tell the interviewers that paint yourself in a good light. Topics usually covered are Leadership, Teamwork, Conflict Resolution, Unfamiliar tasks
I normally work 8am until 4:30pm, however these are fairly fluid starting and finishing times. If I have something specific to work on I'll stay later. I'd say that the working hours are quite flexible though.
For a grad position, the pay is quite good. There are bonuses for good performance, however this can be challenging to achieve.
The company has a system where employees can nominate each other for good performance, and each month some of these nominees are rewarded with free movie tickets. Also, every Friday morning at our site we come in an hour earlier and cook a BBQ breakfast, which is a great way to socialise and start the day relaxed.
The company has a varied workforce in terms of diversity, especially considering people from different countries. My particular workplace is quite male dominated. That said, I haven't seen any sort of bias to either gender in terms of treatment of promotional opportunities.
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.