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Saab Australia

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Saab Australia Reviews

Based on 11 surveyed graduates working at Saab Australia. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.5
Based on 11 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Support and Training.
  • The people are incredibly open to helping and sharing knowledge, it makes it very easy to learn.
  • The people are so friendly and helpful. Lot's of social activities.
  • Supportive and friendly environment with good work-life balance
  • Saab provides a fantastic professional development program for graduates. The people in the organisation are generally very welcoming and interested in sharing knowledge and developing your skill set. An extra two weeks of leave is also very nice.
  • The pay is a little bit lower than some other companies in the same area.
  • The work can be slow-moving and not very challenging.
  • Some work processes are still being developed and implemented as the company scales further.
  • The distance it is located from the CBD.
  • Longer than normal work hours.

What Insiders Say

7.9
Career Prospects
7.9
Career Prospects
The company structure is quite flat so promotion is slow.
8.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
The company is quite conscious of the environment. This is demonstrated by the large array of solar panels on-site, and the usage of water-saving equipment in bathrooms. The company also provides support for veterans entering the workforce after serving. Along with this, there was the recent sponsorship of the Invictus games, including sending staff there to volunteer to help with the running of the games. The company also provides volunteer leave for employees, where you receive paid leave to participate in volunteering activities.
9.2
Culture
9.2
Culture
Whilst there is a hierarchy structure, I've never found anyone to believe they are better than me just because they sit above me in the ladder. I've had great conversations with the MD and many other people in many different roles within the company. We have a social club which organises activities both within and outside of office hours which helps bring us all together. Also, a sports club which is good for a bit of activity once or twice a week.
8
Diversity
8
Diversity
The company works in engineering in the defence sector and has many long-term employees and so building a diverse workforce is a challenge due to the labour pool. Saab does seem to encourage diversity in recruitment where they can, particularly at a graduate level. They are generally quite good about work-life balance and accommodating people with family commitments in general. They also have a number of women in management positions around the company and place a lot of effort into veteran employment. Primarily outreach tasks to encourage children to pursue an education in the appropriate areas.
8.5
Satisfaction
8.5
Satisfaction
I perform a variety of tasks such as software development, documentation, testing and code reviews.
8.6
Management
8.6
Management
Managers are friendly and approachable. Internal communication is excellent. Performance feedback is ok and there is a focus on improving praise and recognition, at least in my department.
7.9
Office Work Environment
7.9
Office Work Environment
Mostly modern and clean, with a neat casual dress code.
8.7
Recruitment
8.7
Recruitment
Group assessment followed by an individual interview and presentation Most questions were fairly standard interview questions Investigate Saab's background, be knowledgeable about the university projects you have worked on and practice group assessments
7.8
Salary
7.8
Salary
As a casual, they pay me the hourly graduate rate with casual loading. The graduate salary is very competitive but with the casual loading, this makes the pay rate high. The non-fixed working hours.
8.5
Training
8.5
Training
For graduates, Saab has an extensive "Grad School" program that covers a wide range of technical and non-technical topics from finance to systems engineering and communication skills. The company also provides the opportunity to have a non-technical mentor.
8.5
Work Hours
8.5
Work Hours
We are expected to work 40 hours a week (meaning 8.5 hour days if you want a 30-minute lunch) but the hours themselves are flexible. It is generally fine to (for example) do 6 hours one day and make it up on the other days, but it is up to your Team Leader. Most people start at 8-9 and finish at 4:30-5:30 but it is up to you. We are occasionally expected to do some overtime which is unpaid.
7.5
Sustainability
7.5
Sustainability
There is definitely interest and effort into making the office and work environment environmentally friendly. It is still an office of a company working in defence though.