Austal Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. it's ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is average. The insurance is good, vacation time is good, personal time is good.

    Cons

    It depends on the department but a few departments hold their people back from advancement, so it becomes a dead end job. All jobs are terrible and this isn't the most terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Help your staff to succeed. Break down barriers and provide an environment where people can make decisions instead of always CYA.


  2. welder

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder in Theodore, AL
    Former Employee - Welder in Theodore, AL

    I worked at Austal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great facilities of any shipyard ive worked in

    Cons

    The attendence and occurance policy is an unfair practice


  3. Helpful (4)

    Strange Priorities

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

    I worked at Austal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Exciting to be a part of building Navy vessels. A lot of nice people, working hard and dedicated to the company.

    Cons

    Senior management is treated like royalty. Huge money was spent on upper management retreats with open bars and lush accommodations, and then shortly after budget cuts were announced, followed by a bunch of layoffs. I couldn't help wondering if they could have kept more non production employees if they had been a little less lavish in their retreat.

    Depending on the department, it really does matter who you know. One person was hired into an invented senior management position (and therefore invited to the big party) and not saying this wasn't a good person, but was put into a cushy job because the family was neighbors with the family of a high up manager.

    I do not have official knowledge of this, but I strongly suspect that this company manipulates numbers to stay in compliance with Navy contracts, turning a lot of things into a numbers game and ultimately creating a lot of problems for themselves in hastily hired production employees.

    Advice to Management

    You're not "all that" and someday that union is going to win


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Serious Management Issues

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay for the area but only if negotiated up front. Raises are not given often or fairly.

    Cons

    Management is reactive instead of proactive and very disorganized. Company has lack of respect for employees, and all levels of management are "scared" of the level above. Favoritism is obvious in all departments and is ignoredby HR. Planning and communication are non-existent within this company. Smoke and mirrors used to present false progress. Very top heavy with no accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, clean house and get rid of waste starting at the top with inefficient and incompetent so called "Leaders".


  6. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Austal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Secure job and interesting work

    Cons

    Politics and lack of career mobility sometimes


  7. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Some very good people. Great benefits for insurance

    Cons

    DRAMA, UNPROFESSIONAL, UNETHICAL, DISHONEST, FRAUD,
    DISCRIMINATING

    Advice to Management

    All Executive Management needs to be replaced.
    The ENTIRE HR Dept needs to be replaced


  8. Good place. Diversity working together.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - A Class Structural Fitter in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - A Class Structural Fitter in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get equal to how you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Not everybody works as hard as others. Frustrating trying to get stuff done when you do not have all the right situation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality people doing quality work. Stop rushing the bad ones so the good ones have to fix it later. There's your lost time. (Fab department) take time to train right nit rush to do wring.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not a kind place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Planner in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance is ok. 401k is ok if you stay long enough.

    Cons

    Where do I start. The department I worked in was so micro-managed. Management plays favorites. Company standards are non-existent since the Bender Boys have come in and taken over. The president has no clue about day to day activities. If you like to kiss but, this is the place for you. If you're a morally decent person, STAY AWAY.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your butt. Treat people the way you want to be treated for starters. Karma is watching.


  10. Was a CNC Machine Operator in there MMF Department. Using Computer Numeric Controller to machine raw Material into Parts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Austal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Employees, shift work, work place

    Cons

    none, work holidays, micro managment

    Advice to Management

    I really miss working on a great team like the one at Austal.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Learned alot about shipbuilding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marine Electrician in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Marine Electrician in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Austal full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Apprenticeship was a good gig. Paid Holidays and annual bonus.

    Cons

    Rework was a daily issue. Lack of standards in production resulted in inconsistencies. Design prints were soo outdated that most production was done off memory. Poor leadership. Unsafe work conditions. Safety hazards ignored by safety managers. Flawed employee performance evaluation system. HR has no respect for military. They tried to deny my military leave, went to extra lengths to justify the denial just to eventually approve it. Had to walk a half mile just to clock in.

    Advice to Management

    See listed cons.



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