GradAustralia surveyed 22 graduates working at Leidos. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 22 responses.
The people around me are great. Most people are easy-going and I fit well with everyone. It's a large name organisation too, a good starting point for my career. Also lots of other types of projects and work within the company, which are great opportunities themselves.
Everyone is always willing to teach new things; especially if you are a keen learner. The opportunities to learn from the best in the business are abundant.
Good environment, people are friendly, and a great location.
Variety of work and exposure to the organisations, infrastructure and systems that make our country safe and run day to day. Big company so there is lots of different work and types of projects.
Flexible working hours. Awesome colleagues. Fun, and interesting work.
The work ebbs and flows. Sometimes the pressure to meet deadlines is very daunting and you can not always achieve it.
Big company so it is easy to get lost or feel like you're an insignificant/unknown part. A large company also means that they can be slow to adapt to new technologies or slow to action change.
Having no stable desk/workstation to work from due to lack of desk space in the office. Current corporate infrastructure and seating capacity has been overwhelmed since the beginning of the year, with resourcing and acquisition of new talent ramping up without the space to seat them.
For some it is easy to move within the company, if you prove yourself valuable it is nearly impossible to move without quitting even when there is no work.
For my particular work stream, I find it dull and not challenging/engaging. It's hard to generate passion for service delivery.
The age group and background of employees is very varied ranging from 21-50. As many people are working on projects in separate areas it is often hard to interact with people outside of your small project team. Outside of work, there are a small group of people who organise functions every few months as my particular office is located a fair distance from the city. Staff in the city office probably have more of a social culture after work as venues are more easily accessible.
The interview process had a few stages. 1. Submit resume/basic info online 2. Complete a video submission with answers to 3 or 4 questions 3. Complete cognitive/problem solving ability test online 4. Face to face interview
Pretty standard questions. E.g. Why do you want to work for the company. Basic personal info such as travel, studies, work history. Times you were challenged, conflict resolution, strengths/weaknesses.
Relax and be yourself. There is such a thing as being over prepared or trying to anticipate questions. Just have a think about why you want the job and why you want to work for the company. Also be prepared to answer some classic interview questions about when you were challenged/strengths/weaknesses
There has been a lot if internal training, some useful, more often for internal compliance, which can be dull, but is required given the nature of the job. External training has been excellent, very useful for the sector the company is positioned in.
Pretty standard office with cubicle-style layout. Standard facilities. Some of the facilities we have are quite impressive though (world class) but I don't get regular access to them. Location is nearby to shops and restaurants, which is good for lunch breaks and meetings. Dress code in my area is fairly laid back, a mix of smart-casual and business. Varies on people and meetings with their clients.