What it does: Constructs and manages buildings
Staff stats: Around 6600 globally, 1100 in Australia
The good bits: Lots of opportunities
The not so good bits: Frequent six-day work weeks
The Multiplex story
John Roberts founded Multiplex in Perth in 1962. Roberts, who’d got his start in the construction industry in Broken Hill in 1951, run the company for four decades. He first built it up in Perth before expanding across Australia in the 1970s and into South-East Asia and the Middle East in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, the company has also conquered Canada, India and the UK.
Multiplex has been involved in constructing over 900 projects, collectively worth $90 billion. These projects have won over 700 awards. The company has built high-rise residential towers, hospitals, hotels and skyscraper office blocks. Multiplex delivers end-to-end property and construction solutions across a range of sectors, providing “fully integrated, whole life cycle outcomes”. It built or rebuilt the main stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Wembley Stadium, Melbourne’s Prima Pearl Tower, Dubai’s Emirates Towers and Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Now headquartered in Sydney, Multiplex’s annual revenues in 2016 were $4.4 billion.
Multiplex says it “treats our employees like family, truly valuing our people and our extended team of subcontractors and consultants”. The company is committed to “having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which it operates”. Its embrace of diversity is wide-ranging, covering “age, caring responsibilities, disability, ethnicity and race, gender, indigenous, sexual preference, as well as individual diversity, namely experience, perspectives and ways of thinking”.
The company aspires to create an inclusive workplace “where all employees are valued, are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions, and are able to reach their full potential”.
Multiplex aims to leave “a positive legacy in the communities in which we work”. It is committed to ensuring “that all business is conducted according to ethical, professional and legal standards in a fair, honest and open manner”. Multiplex values human rights and has a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking. It partners with the National Health Research Institute. It also backs the Literacy for Life Foundation, which works in remote NSW Aboriginal communities to improve literacy in adults. Staff, particularly grads, are encouraged to get involved in community projects, to develop their technical skills and leadership capabilities as well as benefit the communities Multiplex operates in.
Multiplex seeks to create high-performance facilities that generate environmental and social, as well as financial value. It’s an industry leader in environmentally sustainable design. It aims to construct buildings that enhance the health and performance of their occupants.
The recruitment process
Multiplex doesn’t offer internships though it does have a year-long cadetship program that uni students can do in conjunction with their studies. Multiplex’s graduate program is renown as one of the most comprehensive construction industry grad programs in existence. It recruits grads from disciplines such as: architecture; civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering; construction management; OHS and quantity surveying.
The recruitment process begins with an online application. This involves uploading your CV, academic transcript and a cover letter, as well as completing a questionnaire. If you’re successful, this is followed up by a video interview. If that goes well, you’ll be invited to an assessment centre where you’ll undertake “multiple activities”. If you’re seen to “demonstrate key competencies” during these activities you will receive an offer.
The grad program is competency-based. This means those with pre-existing skills or willing to put in a big effort can complete it more quickly than usual. The program involves an induction, on-the-job and systems training, leadership development workshops, mentoring and coaching. There are also plenty of opportunities to work on industry-leading construction projects across Australia and around the world.
Grads rotate through departments such as “safety, environmental, quality assurance, document control, site management, design, services and contracts administration”. The program pumps out “well-rounded, broad-thinking graduates… who become leaders of our global business.”
Multiplex claims to offer grads “a competitive salary” but only reveals what it is once an offer has been made. It appears grads can expect to start out on a salary in the $60,000 - $70,000 range. Your relocation costs will be covered. You’ll also get free or subsidised health checks, health insurance and health memberships.
While in the grad program, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate of the Year Award and John Roberts International Scholarship. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting and social activities and networking events bankrolled by the company.
Whether you choose to stay at Multiplex or join another company, you’ll have laid down a solid foundation for future success by completing arguably the most respected grad program in the Australian construction industry. (It’s worth noting that Multiplex’s current CEO started his career by undertaking the company’s grad program.)
Given the size of the company, there are plenty of opportunities to move up the career ladder both nationally and internationally. In the senior year of the grad program, you may have the opportunity for a secondment that could see you working in Canada, Europe or the Middle East.
The vibe of the place
Though it’s grown into a globe-spanning behemoth, Multiplex retains many of the best bits of the family business it started off as more than half a century ago. Staff are treated as more than cogs in the machine. Their achievements are celebrated and they are encouraged to make the most of their potential.
From the Employer:
- "OVER 850 CURRENT AND COMPLETED PROJECTS
- US$61 BILLION WORKS COMPLETED
- IN EXCESS OF 600 AWARDS
- 4,698 PEOPLE
- ONE TEAM
Take your career on a different path
Creating skylines in cities across the world for over 50 years, Multiplex is an international business that has constructed some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks and important infrastructure projects.
Working for us you’ll contribute to projects that help shape the city you live in, from skyscraper office towers to stadiums, hospitals, universities, high rise apartment blocks and hotels.
To date we have completed almost 1,000 projects to the value of $82 billion and currently employ around 3,700 people across Australia, India, the Middle East, Europe and Canada.
As a global business with a wide range of projects, we can offer opportunities and experiences that few others in the industry can match. Take your career on a different path with us.
Multiplex’s Graduate and Cadet program has a long standing reputation for being one of the construction industry’s most comprehensive. Over the years we have recruited outstanding graduates and cadets from major universities across the country, including our own CEO, and we are proven to be successful at developing well rounded, broad thinking graduates and cadets who become leaders of our global business.
In the first few months of your career at Multiplex, you will be inducted into the business. This will involve:
- Meeting senior leaders
- Your site induction
- Meeting current and past graduates and cadets
- Attending a corporate induction
- Attending your first development module of the program
You will be exposed to our business culture, how we operate and how our graduate and cadet program works.
Working on a variety of iconic and industry leading construction projects, you will work through a rotation program to develop both technical and behavioural skills in line with our broader business strategy, providing you with a clear career pathway. Your program will include rotations through Safety, Environmental, Quality, Document Control, Site Management, Design, Services, and Contracts Administration. The program is competency based and therefore the time it takes to complete it will depend on you, your existing skills, the effort you put in and the way you like to learn. Whatever it takes, you will get the right support from us. You will receive on-the-job mentoring throughout the program from specialists within our business who are some of the best in the industry, ensuring that your career is off to the best possible start."