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Fine tune your managerial and people skills from day 1 in the Graduate Development Program

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Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Brisbane (Australia)
Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Brisbane (Australia)

I have been working at Boral

Pros

The core of Boral lies in its generalist business, as it is one big conglomerate of business divisions.
Boral suits those engineers who want to develop their managerial skills from day one.
It does not suit the engineer who wants a structured career path in engineering per se (design, analysis etc.)
There are many different business units, from asphalt to concrete and quarries, plasterboard, bricks and timber etc You will not run out of things to do and jobs to learn.
Boral takes pride in its General Managers and to climb up the corporate ladder, they expect you to develop a generalist approach in running a business.
You would get exposure to project management, maintenance, contracting, production and manufaturing working on different sites to corporate planning and strategy development work at HQ.
You can very quickly learn about looking at a balance sheet and managing a P & L
Its also a people's business, and you would manage people and teams much earlier at Boral than you would at other "more structured" firms
Its a very flat structure, and access to your GM is as easy as almost anyone else.
Its an open door policy and you would not run out of mentors and people to give you direction.
Training and development is also well structured, as well as defined career paths.

Cons

Just like any other operations business, you are not surroudned by the world's intellectual talents. Working on site and in workshops means exposure to an english language of very limited vocabulary :) and some narrow minded people. It is not an office enviornment in the city where your surrounded by flashy degrees and nice people, eating toasted muffins and drinking caramel flatwhites. Operations are tough, and you will get tested. And you almost really only get one shot at it. First impression means everything. We dont do long hours but we def start early. Working culture is something that would be very hard to change but you might actually see the challenge in that. You will get thrown in the deep end when you start, and you will be monitored. In an operations business you can get left in an area esp when your doing a good job, so you will constantly have to put your hand up and make yourself known to the seniors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Maybe consider secondments to management consulting firms, instead of losing some good employees to them who want to cross the bridge and do some of that work, why not offer consultants an operations experience, and get our operations people to consult, and therefore, make them more rounded managers. I would love to have that opportunity presented to me.

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11 Other Employee Reviews for Boral (View Most Recent)

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    Great company. Well financed, but too many changes at the top affected growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Boral

    Pros

    Offered competitive compensation package. Had safety as a top priority. Foreign financial backing kept the US division afloat during several down years. Constantly changing to adapt to changing markets.

    Cons

    Management at almost all levels had very little business or management acumen. Many managers did not have experience or first hand knowledge of the industry they were managing. Often, managers would be heard saying they just hoped to keep their job.
    Product quality has slipped in recent years due to the attempt to produce the same products with cheaper raw materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who know the business and who have management experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Job Not a Career

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician

    I have been working at Boral full-time

    Pros

    - Laid back atmosphere
    - Friendly work environment
    - Very flexible with schedule

    Cons

    - No room for advancement
    - They do not promote employees internally.
    - No reward system for going the extra mile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and reward your employees for their hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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