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Sydney Water Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1.  

    A once great company that keeps on shrinking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working conditions. Lots of opportunities for training. Committed and talented people to work with.

    Cons

    10k staff 10 years ago. 4k 5 years ago. 2k today. Getting ready to cut itself in half again. Driven by govt shareholders and regulator to keep outsourcing. Success is measured in fewer FTEs not customer outcomes, revenue or cost. Fewer and fewer movement opportunities. Three strategies in three years as leaders struggle to set a direction and get ready for open competition. A feeding frenzy for big consulting firms while internals are ignored. Structure change is constant but systems are unchanged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to be a multinational professional services firm and get back to being Sydney's water utility. Stop relying on consultants to do the thinking. Start being honest with your people about the medium to long term future of the organisation. Where you say you are going is not where you are heading.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Plenty of challenges, 50% staff want to improve, 50% staff don't

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Parramatta (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parramatta (Australia)

    Pros

    Work-life balance - can get a 9 day fortnight
    Pay - some areas are overpaid
    Growth - there is a lot of opportunity to move around, especially laterally. This is fantastic if you are looking to broaden your skill set/resume or make a career change.

    Cons

    Slow moving & Bureaucratic - lots of approval requirements due to conservative and ex-government nature
    Unequal benefits and opportunities - if you progress, get perks, how you are scored, if your projects succeed is often determined by who is in your network and what your background is rather than your performance.
    Location - based in parramatta. It is ok, there are food options and gyms around but it takes a long time to get to via public transport and there is no free parking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Poor Management and Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Parramatta (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parramatta (Australia)

    Pros

    Good Work Life Balance
    Fortnightly RDO's
    Very good helpful workforce
    Fairly flexible on start and end working hours in most areas of the business
    Can take long holidays

    Cons

    Travel to Parramatta
    People management needs improvement across divisions
    Senior managers do not role model as good leaders
    Their is a culture of bullying and a huge issue of trust

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management do not communicate well, they are not transparent and do not role model key behaviours. There is alot of favouritism, performance management is poor and subjective. Leadership is poor and not respected. There is no follow through with development opportunties and key learnings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Manager and very nice peer team to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    The management team at SWC whilst having a long time at the company were very knowledgeable about most company matters and helped me to fit straight in. Very friendly team to work with and many would go the extra mile to help you out.

    Cons

    Location, Location! and a unecessary focus on outsourcing (in my opinion)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganise, and keep the existing interlectural property where sensible to do so. Remain as friendly and helpful as you are.

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