Ausenco

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Ausenco Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
55 Reviews
2.6
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice location, interesting projects (in 5 reviews)

  • Good salary, good benefits, good location (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Boom and bust cycles, hire and fire (in 3 reviews)

  • Telling staff many blatant lies to keep them for a time until your no longer useful (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Management could be better.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ausenco

    Pros

    Interesting projects in foreign contries.

    Cons

    Management could be significantly improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better organized.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Concord, CA

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were very nice. I enjoyed working there until they laid about 5 of us off at the same time right before the holidays. They said they could no longer afford to pay for us, but they (management) could still keep there very high salaries. Not very cool!!

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there until they laid about 5 of us off at the same time right before the holidays. They said they could no longer afford to pay for us, but they (management) could still keep there very high salaries. Not very cool!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start keeping your good employees, they don't come around too often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was told I didn't have a career with this company... it was just a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ausenco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    There is a big disconnect between the different locations, especially when you work in the field. High turnover in employees is incredible, gone through more than five managers in less than a year. Field personnel are not included in the company atmosphere, no induction to Ausenco or kept up on the 'goings on' with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people out doing the work in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost in the sauce

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large corp. Potential for huge growth. Worldwide travel. All jobs are mining or corporate related. You learn to speak Australian. Employee share matching program was free money!

    Cons

    Actual growth was minimal during my stay with Ausenco. Corporate structure was vague and confusing, inefficient. Walked away feeling exploited. Employee share program had great matching but the stock price remained about flat for many years and so the only money made on that deal was due to matching. Glad I got out when I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for talent already within your ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, but needs more diversity to compete in today's economic climate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of working with intelligent, committed, and personable colleagues. This office offers perks such as free weekly lunches when business is strong, and is conveniently located near several restaurants. Company often hires direct, and management seems reasonably dedicated in preserving the existing work force during industry downturns. Management overall treats employees respectfully and encourages open communication. Company additionally offers a flexible 9/80 option.

    Cons

    The salaries and benefits are relatively average. Management may hire quickly during strong but usually brief economic periods, resulting in a surplus of employees to compete for work in the coming months. Overall lack of project diversity and structure can leave employees vulnerable to layoffs during extended slow periods, and the perks tend to vanish. Technical assistance tends to be significantly limited from lack of experienced personnel. No clear path up the corporate ladder is defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify an appropriate range of relevant projects for a given department and ensure a capable sales staff is in place to find worthy clients and land sizable jobs. Hire more senior-level people to assist with technical projects. Establish better structure within departmental groups to improve project delegation and assignment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This is a good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Ausenco

    Pros

    Good culture, environment, nice people

    Cons

    Not that I know of

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good people, good position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ausenco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office is nicely located in Yaletown and there is a strong focus on learning & development, as well as safety. Salary and extended health benefits are very good and the people are generally great. The local management team is doing a good job and is trying hard to win work and proactively communicate to staff.

    Cons

    Due to slow project work, there have been many layoffs and this puts a burden on those who are left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on our clients and winning work. Keep communications open and let everyone know what is expected of them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Manageable work hours but negative environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free gym and parking.nice location.worklife balance working hours.

    Cons

    The challenges is on the management. Although its a claim to be shared services, the process is very manual.suggestions on any changes idea is not accepted by mgt with open heart.stress due to unable to talk during working hours.action taken on people not up to the company standard based on mgt own judgement.no bonus.no increment.kpi rated for review only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do research on what is shared service and how to manage staff sincerely.bad environment equals to unhappy staff equals to high turnover in labour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced leadership team leading to micromanagement

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, ability to attract good people to roles

    Cons

    The main issue appears to be with the two people that are controlling the operations for Australia and North/South America. Inexperience in leading an organization and poor skills, led to bullying and micromanagement. I saw many experienced people worn down by this. The downturn in the market made it worse but in reality the culture of turning a blind eye to bad behavior and even rewarding it, left a lot of people shaking their heads and looking for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wrong leadership team in place to make the business work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Revolving door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Ausenco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, better than average compensation. Business is in a great location and staff have access to a gym and coffee shops. Staff also are provided with top shelf computers and mobile phones

    Cons

    Long hours, pressure to complete projects quicker than planned (to the benifet of the company). Project driven culture that ramp up quickly for projects and demobilize as quick.
    Do not plan on a career longer than 2 years, feels very unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability is key

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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