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Santos

4.2
  • #6 in Mining, energy, oil and gas
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Mining, Oil & Gas
  • R&D and Manufacturing

What we do: Safely and sustainably discover, develop and deliver natural gas

Staff stats: Around 2000

Hiring grads with degrees in: All Engineering, Geoscience, Science and Environment, as well as commercial, accountants, economists and graduates in many other areas.

A proudly Australian natural gas company.

Santos is Australia’s leading supplier of natural gas. For more than 65 years, Santos has been working in partnership with local communities to provide jobs and business opportunities, and to safely and sustainably develop Australia’s natural gas resources.

Santos’ origins lie in the Cooper Basin, which spans the borders of northeast South Australia and southwest Queensland, where we made our first commercial natural gas discovery in 1963.

Our operations have expanded to include five core assets: Western Australia, the Cooper Basin, Queensland and New South Wales, Northern Australia and TimorLeste, and Papua New Guinea.

Across these assets, we operate numerous plants, facilities and pipelines to deliver our natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil products to customers.

Santos is focussed on being the safest, most reliable and lowest cost developer and operator in Australia and this is reflected everything we do.

From providing jobs and supporting local manufacturers, to heating your home and firing up your barbecue – Santos’ natural gas is part of Australia.

How we operate

Santos is dedicated to being the safest, most reliable and lowest cost operator in Australia, and preventing harm to people and the environment. We work with local businesses and other organisations to listen, support, create jobs and build skills for the future.

A sustainable future depends on Australian natural gas, and Santos is playing an essential role in securing Australia’s economic, environmental and energy security for years to come.

We are committed to being part of the solution to a lower-carbon future by limiting greenhouse gas emissions while providing access to reliable and affordable energy to domestic and global markets.

To that end, we are investing in initiatives such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen technologies.

Our Programs

Vacation Program

Santos offers 12 weeks of paid vacation employment between November and February each year providing opportunities for students to enhance their personal development through hands-on experience, defined and challenging project work, structured performance feedback, and the delivery of a presentation on their project.

Graduate Program 

Our 3-year Graduate Program facilitates rotations aligned to discipline streams, all industry related and future focussed. It is supported by a lifecycle induction, mentoring program, on-the-job experience, plus technical and personal development training.

The program provides a strong technical foundation while offering exposure to innovative projects like solar energy conversion, advanced analytics and drone mapping. 

Our graduates rotate through various teams gaining office and field experience, with opportunities available across the country from our modern capital city offices to the central Australian outback to rigs offshore Western Australia. Santos Graduates are permanent employees and are our future leaders. 

The recruitment process

Santos recognizes the strategic value in recruiting new talent at graduate and student level and provides excellent opportunities for growth and development.

Vacation Program Applications

Applications open each year in April/May and applicants should be in their penultimate year of their university degree.

Graduate Program Applications

Our Vacation Program is the main pathway to the Santos Graduate Program, however, we know the value of investing in new talent, so additional positions may become available through our expressions of interest online application. We are keen to hear from applicants who are striving for high-quality results, are eager to work in a dynamic and challenging environment and can be flexible in their work location. 

We target graduates who demonstrate our values, resonate with our purpose and strive for our vision. Applicants will need to demonstrate effective communication skills and strong problem solving, analytical, time management and organisational abilities. Applicants should be in the final year of their Honours degree. 

Applications and selection

We require all applications to be registered online. Registrations will be received when applications are open – see our website for dates. Applications are then reviewed and shortlisted with our structured selection process. We use a consistent candidate evaluation method to provide all candidates with the same opportunity to demonstrate our required attributes.

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.2
Overall score based on 55 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.7
Office Work Environment
8.5
Salary
8.5
Diversity
8.4
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.7
Office Work Environment
8.5
Salary
8.5
Diversity
8.4
Corporate Social Responsibility
What Graduates Say About Them
  • The large graduate community.
  • Opportunities to rotate within the company, work interstate, work onsite.
  • Supportive environment, field roster opportunities.
  • Field opportunities are made available to new graduates to gain practical experience. A lot of trust is placed in graduates there are many learning opportunities in short spaces of time.
  • The best thing about working for Santos is that they look after their employees. They understand the benefits of keeping their employees healthy and happy to ensure productivity and efficiency within the workplace.
  • Rotation plan may not work out to be the best to learn, particularly in the current oil price environment. Flexibility to make changes to a rotation appear minimal.
  • Lack of security with exposure to the oil price.
  • CEO level management is very progressive and amazing, sometimes on the way through middle management the plans coming from above don't work because of the old school way some middle management sees things.
  • External pressure on market conditions and the internal challenges in response to the external environment.
  • Some of the time tasks are monotonous - but there are always monotonous tasks with any role.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Narrabri, and Darwin
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
E
Engineering & Mathematics
I
IT & Computer Science
S
Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Work at Santos is fast-paced and always changing so it’s a fantastic place to learn as a young engineer.

Alex Bygott

  • Graduate stories
Work at Santos is fast-paced and always changing so it’s a fantastic place to learn as a young engineer.

Alex Bygott

  • Graduate stories
Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. It not only looks great on the resume, you will have unparalleled fun experiences and memories for life.

Ania Manka

  • Graduate stories
Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. It not only looks great on the resume, you will have unparalleled fun experiences and memories for life.

Ania Manka

  • Graduate stories
Work at Santos is fast-paced and always changing so it’s a fantastic place to learn as a young engineer.

Alex Bygott

  • Graduate stories
Work at Santos is fast-paced and always changing so it’s a fantastic place to learn as a young engineer.

Alex Bygott

  • Graduate stories
Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. It not only looks great on the resume, you will have unparalleled fun experiences and memories for life.

Ania Manka

  • Graduate stories
Say yes to as many opportunities as you can. It not only looks great on the resume, you will have unparalleled fun experiences and memories for life.

Ania Manka


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

India Karalus

India Karalus studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Petroleum Geophysics and Geology from the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University and is now a Graduate Geophysicist at Santos.
  • Day in the life

India Karalus

India Karalus studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Petroleum Geophysics and Geology from the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University and is now a Graduate Geophysicist at Santos.
  • Day in the life

James Watson

James Watson studied Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at University of Adelaide, and is now Plant Operations Engineer at Santos.
  • Day in the life

James Watson

James Watson studied Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at University of Adelaide, and is now Plant Operations Engineer at Santos.
  • Day in the life

India Karalus

India Karalus studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Petroleum Geophysics and Geology from the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University and is now a Graduate Geophysicist at Santos.
  • Day in the life

India Karalus

India Karalus studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Petroleum Geophysics and Geology from the Australian School of Petroleum at Adelaide University and is now a Graduate Geophysicist at Santos.
  • Day in the life

James Watson

James Watson studied Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at University of Adelaide, and is now Plant Operations Engineer at Santos.
  • Day in the life

James Watson

James Watson studied Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at University of Adelaide, and is now Plant Operations Engineer at Santos.

Advice


Natural gas: Australia’s natural energy source

Natural gas is an abundant, reliable and low-cost energy source that has been used in Australia for over 100 years. It is a base material in many everyday items including medicines, electronics and clothing.

Natural gas: Australia’s natural energy source

Natural gas is an abundant, reliable and low-cost energy source that has been used in Australia for over 100 years. It is a base material in many everyday items including medicines, electronics and clothing.

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