Downer Group

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Downer Group Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
11 Reviews
3.6
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Downer Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Variety of divisions, lots of projects

    Cons

    Funding can be problem, projects can be put on hold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too top heavy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Hand  in  Dunedin (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - General Hand in Dunedin (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reliable income due to ongoing work in a constantly growing industry.

    Opportunities to upskill and gain licence endorsements as well as qualifications.

    Cons

    The most top heavy company I have ever set foot in

    Even with the abundance of management there is constant communication breakdowns and organisation in certain departments is appalling.

    Low wages with extremely slow progression.

    Health and safety has gone over the top.

    Laborers are treated as nothing more than a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat in the offices and try treating your workers with more respect and gratitude.
    Ease up on health and safety.

    Give skilled workers more acceptable remuneration.

    And to sound so blunt, try promoting the people who work and and professionally rather than the ones who kiss management's arse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Downer Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They sponsor our scholarship so the compensation was good.

    Cons

    Management changes, un-interesting work. Different personalitites clashed (not me personally)

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  5.  

    A lot of promise, not much delivery.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Estimator  in  Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Estimator in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Downer Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good office location and facilities for staff

    Cons

    Career progression was unclear and not direction from HR or management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people...bad management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Accountant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Graduate Accountant in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Downer Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people in general to work with.
    Interesting business, i.e. designing and building trains!
    Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    I was a Graduate accountant in Downer EDI Rail. It was very difficult to gain further experience as a Graduate accountant either through new roles or senior roles. Management disapproved of my suggestion for job rotation even though HR thought it was a great idea. People less qualified and experienced were brought in to be my manager. It was difficult to see the logic and long term strategic planning of such decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management need to be investigated and cleaned out if not already done so.
    Long term planning needed to keep talented people. Staff turnover was far too high.
    Investigation needed in the people recruited. Questionable or lacking in experience seemed to be favoured.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very standard organization. No politics and everyone is working as team.
    Very stable organization.

    Cons

    Must be able to do multitask. Slow movement in salary adjustment yearly. Annual leave fixed and will not increase. Not able to get benefit even your work required it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should focus more on staffs benefit and promotion.
    Should give opportunities to staffs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great organization that values it's employees and customers alike!"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time

    Pros

    1. Technical engineering organization
    2. Great senior management
    3. Senior managers WALK THE TALK

    Cons

    1. Work Life balance needs to be a bit better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great support to employees and there is great positive energy throughout the organization!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Project Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hammad Ul Hassan Edit  in  North Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Hammad Ul Hassan Edit in North Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Work environment, Flexible WM, Excellent Package

    Cons

    Remote Locations to work, Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It,s a good company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Downer Group

    Pros

    Very safety minded in all aspect,s of job,skill training,always have a chance up skill yourself,Lot,s of new project,s happening very exciting company to work for if you get the oppertunity:

    Cons

    As above there plenty of oppertunitie,s there for emplyee,s to up grade themselves it,s up too them to achive this. With help from downer edi

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your doing a grate job keep on doing what your doing it,s working.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An overall positive experience, with lots of opportunity to grow and develop new skills

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

    I have been working at Downer Group

    Pros

    Downer is a large corporate which provides employees with ample opportunity to network and develop relationships with a wide range of people and skills sets. If you are a self-starter, you can get involved in a range of projects and initiatives, which keeps your role really interesting.
    The organisation is undergoing a lot of change, which means that you need to be flexible and adaptable to fit in, but this also comes with a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Sinde the organisation has grown through rapid acquisition, there are still distinct silos within the organisation which can make the operating environment challenging. This coupled with the lack of group-wide systems and technology platforms can mean that your time is spent trying to find information, which is quite frustrating. However, the leaders of the organisation are aware of this and there are a number of initiatives underway to address this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to concentrate on the people side of the business. Staff engagement is directly attributable to the culture of the organisation and it is important to provide not only commercial leadership to the business, but also win the hearts of employees so that they give that discretionary effort. Take time to talk to your people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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