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Austal Reviews

Updated May 28, 2019

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Found 110 reviews

3.5
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70%
Recommend to a Friend
61%
Approve of CEO
Andrew Bellamy
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Austal has great benefits and room to grow for a young person starting a new career(in 7 reviews)

  • "Overall great company to work for(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is very isolated from the work force(in 8 reviews)

  • "Austal is fast growing company that has not handled navy contracts decades like other well established companies(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - TA Fitter in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great when the work is constant Good Location and good pay Excellent Benefits Overall great company to work for

    Cons

    Don't miss work and don't be late Stay busy even if there is no extreme bird-dogging

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job to all upper management. Craig Perciavalle is a great example of a true leader and the continued success of the company is a result of it.

    Austal2019-04-16
  2. "N/A"

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      Former Employee - Welder/Fitter 

      I worked at Austal full-time

      Pros

      Benefits Pay Good Company & Workers

      Cons

      They're strict racial predators & the supervisors have they pick and choose always harassing new beginners

      Austal2019-05-28
    • "mchinist"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Austal full-time

        Pros

        Great company to work for, good work environment.

        Cons

        long hours and hot in summer time in buildings.

        Austal2019-05-11
      • "Good company, great benefits"

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        Former Employee - Machinist in Mobile, AL
        Recommends

        I worked at Austal full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Great benefits, fair pay, bonus available

        Cons

        Schedule was awful, drive was too far for me

        Austal2019-04-01
      • Helpful (1)

        "This is specifically for the US operation (Mobile, AL)"

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        Current Employee - Shipfitter/Fabricator A Class in Mobile, AL
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Good 401K match, vacation time is decent after 3 years, bonuses are nice, Benefit package in general is pretty good.

        Cons

        Company is extremely inefficient and wasteful of time and resources. Going forward from ship to ship very little seems to be learned, very little improved upon.

        Advice to Management

        Get rid of the people who are collecting a paycheck for 2 hours of work per day and reduce the waste, start continually improving processes. This is a 4000 employee company which is accomplishing the work of a 2000 employee company.

        Austal2019-04-10
      • "Great company, the way they choose the leadership is what makes it horrible. If you are a suck up you will go far."

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        Current Employee - Welder in Mobile, AL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Great benefits and time off

        Cons

        Leadership is horrible. Starting with the President of Austal he is more worried about bathrooms instead of getting more contracts. All most all foreman are just suck ups to the Supervisors. They dont know their job so how can they lead.

        Advice to Management

        Put people in leadership that actually know how to weld,fit,rigg, and especially Electrical. We are tired of seeing suck ups or realitives get those jobs. Look at electrical their Supervisor on JHSV is just a cable puller and thats all. He couldnt change a light bulb.

        Austal2019-01-20
      • "Great pay...stressful work environment"

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        Former Employee - Shipfitter in Mobile, AL
        Doesn't Recommend

        I worked at Austal full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Great pay and benefits

        Cons

        Work in a stressful environment run by some inexperienced supervisors

        Advice to Management

        Pay more attention to the employee feedback

        Austal2019-01-17
      • "Hyped up expectations of grandeur shattered by a standard of mediocrity."

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        Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Austal full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Not much work at all. Fun coworkers to work with

        Cons

        No future at this company Stupid corporate policies Very stupid management Have to work with the Navy

        Advice to Management

        Get real. Quit being so far up in the clouds so you can manage what goes on down the line so deadlines are met.

        Austal2018-11-20
      • "Engineering: Stable, sound, but no chances for advancing or growing."

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        Former Employee - Engineer in Mobile, AL
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Austal full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Decent pay for area, good healthcare, relaxed working environment, nice amenities, per diem rocks if you leave town for work.

        Cons

        Zero schedule flexibility, lots of paper pushing work, no incentive or chance to grow, support when off-site doing work is dismal to non-existent, slow pace, 'management' in some Eng. departments are grossly unqualified. HR can be very mouthy.

        Advice to Management

        Challenge your engineers, be more involved with projects, be flexible with schedules, give incentives for getting certifications or growing your career.

        Austal2018-11-19
      • "Great Opportunity for Taking on Responsibility"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Austal full-time

        Pros

        Room for growth, ability to take on responsibility, recognizes those who put forth effort

        Cons

        Process growing pains can be stressful

        Advice to Management

        None

        Austal2018-11-01
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