What it does: Prime Systems & Services Integrator solving the world’s toughest challenges
Staff stats: 37,000 globally, around 1,400 in Australia
The good bits: Interesting work on real projects that benefits our nation
The not so good bits: You need to get clearance to get on to the interesting work?
Hiring grads with degrees in: IT & Computer Sciences, Engineering, Maths, Finance and Accounting, Commerce and Project Management;
Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient through information technology, engineering and science. As a large scale prime systems and services integrator, Leidos turns complex data into practical, usable solutions for its customers. In practical terms, they deliver software applications for a wide range of missions in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain. They provide critical projects to the Department of Defence whilst supporting the IT environment for the Australian Taxation Office. And they maintain legislative websites for a number of governments.
No matter who you are or where you work, Leidos has made it a key business goal to ensure everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and supported. It’s about understanding and recognising that everyone is unique and central to building a great place to work. This is reflected in the organisation’s values:
Leidos has practical partnerships with two key organisations in Australia. Bravery Trust provides financial support to veterans, current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. Since 2017, the company has also partnered with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to create ‘On Closer Inspection’, a series of augmented reality experiences bringing to life the stories of Australians at war. The company also enables each employee one day a year to spend volunteering with an organisation they feel passionately about. Additionally, many people also organise local fundraising events such as golf days and trivia nights for causes they believe passionately in.
The process starts with an online application where candidates will be asked to answer some questions and attach a copy of their resume and other supporting documentation. Once reviewed, successful candidates are invited to complete an online capability assessment which entails a series of questions related to the role they’ve applied to. For example, if you’ve applied to a software engineer role then the questions are going to focus on your problem-solving skills and how you collaborate with others.
The question formats will include a mix of written responses and potentially at least 1 video submission. We’ve gone for a mix to try give each candidate an opportunity to showcase their strengths while keeping our screening stages fast and fair.
When it comes to what we’re looking for, across our early careers roles we are mostly focusing on your passion for technology and solving really challenging problems.
Finally, successful candidates will be invited to attend a face to face interview with a hiring manager and a representative from the recruitment team. These face to face interviews will take place in either Canberra or Melbourne offices. After a successful interview, there are background checks, and then offers are sent out.
Applications open late February and close early April. The recruitment and selection process will commence as soon as applicants submit their online capability assessment. Invites to the final stage face to face interviews will only start to go out after the application close date with expectation of interviews taking place in May. The intended grad program start date is for February 2021 however we are often able to accommodate an earlier start.
Pay and benefits are important considerations in any career decision. So Leidos aims to deliver a robust rewards package that not only provides appropriate remuneration but also helps ensure your physical and mental wellbeing too through a range of initiatives covering lifestyle, wellness, learning and development and recognition. A good starting point is being assigned a mentor to guide and support you through your early career.
At the end of the 12-month program, Leidos graduates transition into roles across the company based on their strengths & aspirations and the needs of the business.
Leidos emphasizes the fact that the work is not just interesting, challenging and worthwhile, but that everyone there can really see the impact of their efforts. They encourage curiosity and go out of their way to help graduates get involved and make the most the opportunities the company provides.
As a large scale prime systems integrator, our biggest asset is the quality of our 1,400 people. Every one of the Leidos team plays an important part in delivering smart solutions to our customers’ most complex challenges. So we make it our mission to make sure every single person is enabled to do their best work, be inspired by what they can achieve and the impact they can have.
Helping to safeguard our fellow Australians is important to work. So, whether delivering important geospatial and imagery systems to the Department of Defence, supporting the IT infrastructure for the ATO or delivering major IT transformation projects to Federal Government, we work closely together with our customers and colleagues to deliver smart solutions that they want to use. Innovative, technically advanced and highly practical.
We’re openly ambitious as a business – always looking ahead. And, because we’re so much more than just an IT company, we are able to offer work that’s both interesting and challenging, with a constant pipeline of projects too. As a business, we’re rarely satisfied with a job well done. Instead, we’re always looking for a better way, and that feeling is shared by our people too. Lucky for us that, whilst focusing on our Australian customers, we have all the depth or resources of our large US organisation to draw upon. We’re always learning.
If you are naturally curious, willing to have a go and embrace a challenge, you’ll fit right in. We’ve built a supportive, inclusive and flexible culture where you are trusted to get things done and encouraged to ask questions. At Leidos, our people are empowered to do their best work and are consistently inspired by the impact they can have. This has been especially important over the last year during which we have worked hard to enable everyone – irrespective of where they work – to continue to be collaborative, productive and., above all, safe and healthy.