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.
Interview process was standard for me. One "STAR" based interview, and another "chat" interview.
"STAR" based questions. "Tell me a time when...". "How did you feel when.. and what did you do..."
Ask what you will be doing day-to-day. Understand what service delivery means, and really know what and NOT what you want in terms work and types of work. Do you want engineering? Do you want programming? OR just general IT/admin stuff? I'd prepare now by trying to get in touch with someone in the role or a current/ex grad and asking them about their experience. Reflect on experiences you've had and review "star" interview styles.
Managers are generally busy with meetings, but always available to schedule time if you need to see them. Superiors are always available, you interact more with the supervisor than the manager. The graduate program also offers a mentor outside of your day-to-day department. Internal communication is frequent, sometimes overwhelming. The company is currently in a transition stage, and not all communications apply (e.g. U.S. updates coming through to Australia), this is expect to be resolved.
I have been able to learn a product design system that I use to develop CAD models and drawings. We have also completed DISC training which is about understanding how everyone's personality differs and affects your interaction with them.
The new office space is very clean and fairly open. Promoting discussion and collaboration with others. The facilities within the building are also very impressive if they are made use of. The dress code is very good. A smart casual look so you don't have to come in with a suit or even business shirt every day.