Australian Bureau of Statistics
3.3 of 5 6 reviews
www.abs.gov.au Canberra, Australia 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 30, 2014

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    Interesting work and good support

    Graduate (Former Employee)
    Canberra (Australia)

    ProsMany different and interesting projects to work on with some input into what you want to do. Most coworkers were great and happy to give help or advise. Low stress environment. This is specifically for the ICT Stream.

    ConsA few dinosaurs in management positions who are not up to date with modern technology and have unmeetable expectations. 90% of jobs are in Canberra.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure managers know about what they are trying to manage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A marathon.

    Assistant Director (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsReputation of working at the ABS carries you far and wide. You can deal with a huge range of complex problems across a vast range of subject matters... and learn how a lot of things should be done (see cons below!).

    ConsSenior management is listless and unrealistic, blindly implementing top-down projects that don't work on the ground because they haven't done their due diligence. Guess who pays for that? Many clockwatchers and people who really can't do their own job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage underperformance better. Understand the core business. You need to spend money to save money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Get in with the right crowd and it'll be great.

    Statistical Officer (Former Employee)
    Canberra (Australia)

    ProsMinimal workload
    Has its own bar for employee with cheap drinks on Thursdays

    ConsRife with nepotism that promotes people ill-experienced with their posititions based on who they know.
    Senior Management are often based on tenure with the organisation rather than leadership skills or knowledge.
    Very siloed culture so work in one area might never be seen in another area, no matter how relevant.
    Culture of prejudice against non-Canberra based employees and work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people & conditions; Excessive bureaucracy and management buck passing

    Statistical Officer (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros- Great working arrangement: reasonable hours, flexible arrangements (public sector generally does this well)
    - great people: very supportive, friendly, willing to help & lacking in competitive politics

    Cons- Ridiculous bureaucracy for a medium sized organization: slow decision making
    - Management often unwilling to take responsibility for decisions: gets passed up the corporate chain / passing the buck
    - Lack of funds and stringent means innovation is difficult / slow
    - Technology ahead in some areas like collection methods, security but lagging far behind in others like website & Lotus Notes is a virus that should be promptly inoculated.
    - productivity in some teams low: not driven enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain current quality standards, less formalized communication channels, more regular discussions, more rapid decision making, less paternal BS: honesty and frankness would be respected.

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    Excellent place to learn/grow in IT

    IT Professional In Technology Infrastructure (Former Employee)
    Canberra (Australia)

    Pros- Great work environment and colleagues
    - Challenging technology and work (dependent on team)
    - Exciting work, learning opportunities
    - Great culture, work/life balance
    - Lots of opportunities to grow professionally and technically
    - Excellent Employee reward and recognition scheme

    Cons- Some people you find will take it easy in terms of productivity
    - Less pay compared to pvt sector
    - Bit of red tape (but depending on who you deal with, its workable)
    - Need more open communication from management and bit of strategic leadership.
    - Too many things/initiatives never reach completion are delayed or cancelled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen communication
    Drive initiatives to completion
    Listen to your staff before taking technology decisions
    Distribute more people to regional offices to retain staff.
    Better pay required especially to retain IT staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at ABS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsCushy comfortable job. People are very very nice and laidback. There is real diversity, differences in age across the board, etc.

    ConsSlower pace than in corporate. Expect less from you.

    Advice to Senior Managementchallenge people to work harder and push what they can do

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