Downer Group Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Positive experience FIFO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator

    I worked at Downer Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific pay, friendly people, learned a great deal while on site

    Cons

    The family attitude that is present on site can backfire if you share your ideas about changing stagnant processes.

    Advice to Management

    The amount of money wasted on site administrators who backed each other up when one would go on break was surprising. There doesn't need to be a full time staff member making over 100k sitting around for 3 weeks twiddling their thumbs and pretending to look busy. Might be an efficiency the company should look into.

  2. Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Administration in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company, good culture, good environment

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  3. Good things to come

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    M&A activity picking up, smart people, good remuneration

    Cons

    Long hours, little career progression

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

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  5. Great working environment.

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

    I have been working at Downer Group (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, had a lot of opportunities. Doing hands on as well as mentor from senior. Continuous learning

    Cons

    Minimal rewards and benefit. Only made available for Australia not to whole group. Last review is on 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe expanding or focus Asia since it's already establish itself

  6. Quality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Quality in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Downer Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    People are hard working, diverse and challenging project

    Cons

    Employee turnover is too high, too many changes all the time, no appreciation from the management, NEPOTISM as its worst,

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your workers, stop the 'MATE AND BIG BOYS CLUB' - in your telco department

  7. Too top heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. 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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Variety of divisions, lots of projects

    Cons

    Funding can be problem, projects can be put on hold

  9. Intern

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

    I worked at Downer Group as an intern (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)

  10. A lot of promise, not much delivery.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Estimator in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Estimator in Brisbane (Australia)

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

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

    Pros

    Good office location and facilities for staff

    Cons

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

  11. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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