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WA Department of Health

4.3
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

WA Department of Health Reviews

Based on 9 surveyed graduates working at WA Department of Health. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.3
Based on 9 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Working within a government department there are extremely attractive salaries and flexible working arrangements available.
  • Good workplace culture with flexibility in work arrangements and support (investment) in professional development for employees. Due to diversity of the workplace, there are a range of opportunities which means that there is always new challenges and skills to learn.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements, Working for the public sector, Working on 'once in a lifetime project'- building a new children's hospital, supportive work environment with good awards and job security.
  • There are lots of different projects going on at the same time. There are lots of different moving parts that you can get involved in.
  • The people and the opportunities.
  • For the Graduate Program there will be variances across placements in work expectations, workload and level of challenge.
  • Organisation often works in 'silos', some people have worked here for a long time- lack motivation, low innovation, unwilling to change etc. Noticed a disconnect between what is learnt at universities and the how the company works- they are a bit behind at implementing change and being current with what is being taught/learnt- for example using new emerging evidence, innovating their ways of working, use of online tools, project management skills etc. Should pull on knowledge of new university graduates and connect them with experienced workers- however there is still a difficult environment to promote meaningful change.
  • Very large organisation, which makes communication difficult across the different areas. The processes are also very bureaucratic.
  • There are still elements of the traditional public sector environment. Change can be slow and not always embraced positively.
  • The bureaucracy which can hamper initiatives designed to help people.

What Insiders Say

7.7
Career Prospects
7.7
Career Prospects
There are reasonable prospects of promotion within my particular division, which was part of the reason I chose it, however across health there are often teams which are relatively fixed and unable to provide those sorts of opportunities.
7.2
Culture
7.2
Culture
My division in particular has an excellent social environment and there is a steady flow of events organised outside of work. Working across different teams is strongly encouraged and there are no issues with approaching senior staff to discuss issues.
7.7
Diversity
7.7
Diversity
The application included questions around diversity, and I have not come across any discrimination in the workplace, so I would say that on the whole the organisation has a strong focus on diversity.
7.8
Satisfaction
7.8
Satisfaction
Project work - planning meetings, coordinating a Working Group, writing project documentation, analysing data.
7.9
Management
7.9
Management
Through the graduate program I was very supported with senior mentors, other graduates as buddies and supervisors. There was a structured performance review for each placement. Post graduate program I am currently on a short term contract where there is limited formal performance review however my manager does praise and provide feedback as necessary.
6
Office Work Environment
6
Office Work Environment
The dress code is relatively informal. The office space is reasonably basic in the majority of locations.
7.4
Recruitment
7.4
Recruitment
The selection process consisted of written applications, a group assessment centre day and subsequently an individual interview in front of a panel. Questions in the interviews are designed to see how well you work with others, and whether you would have the potential to be a leader within WA Health. Candidates would do well to read a book entitled "How to write a winning job application" by Lloyd White. It specifically covers applications to public sector agencies which are quite different to private sector applications.
9
Salary
9
Salary
Although we do not receive bonuses, graduates who work within the Department of Health can expect extremely attractive salaries in comparison to the private sector. Salary Packaging- we are entitled to Fringe Benefits Tax because we work for a Public Benevolent Institution and can use this to package rent, cars, mortgage etc.
7.8
Training
7.8
Training
The graduate development program provides a very comprehensive and robust training program, which allows graduates the maximum opportunity to develop themselves. Once the formal structures of the graduate program cease, ongoing training requires personal perseverance.
9.2
Work Hours
9.2
Work Hours
My employer is very flexible when it comes to working hours. You have a set amount of hours to be worked each week, and these can be completed whenever you want. If you work more than that set amount, you are able to take this excess time off as "time off in lieu".
4.6
Sustainability
4.6
Sustainability
I have not really witnessed any formal commitment to reducing the carbon footprint.