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Austal Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Austal has great benefits and room to grow for a young person starting a new career (in 5 reviews)

  • Good competitive salary and decent benefits (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • large corporation so you are more or less a number to upper management (in 7 reviews)

  • Awful senior management culture and ethics (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ship Fitter in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Ship Fitter in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great money and benefits. Clean work environment.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management and lack of knowledge from supervisors.


  2. "Safety Officer Viewpoint"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety Officer in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Safety Officer in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company that employees over 4,000 people.

    Cons

    Moral is very bad, company has cycled through the area workforce over and over, termination over ridiculous issues, company disregards employees needs, some depts (Safety) are corrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Actually get in touch with and care for the workers. Also, cut out supervision corruption in depts such as Safety.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Training and Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austal full-time

    Pros

    This company has accomplished amazing things. Superior design and workmanship in a very competitive global market.

    Cons

    Based in Perth, Australia there are some cultural differences from down under that need to be considered. Not a big deal and easy to align the two perspectives.


  4. "a decent shipyard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fitout Tradesman in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Fitout Tradesman in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    livable wages compared to the region
    clean work environment as far as industrial jobs go
    indoors generally so no fear of rain outs

    Cons

    large corporation so you are more or less a number to upper management
    a ridiculous amount of stairs at final assembly
    waking up early


  5. "Couldnt wait to get in-Now cant wait to get OUT!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People think it is great here, but it is so messed up. Pay is high but not fairly distributed.People are lured in with high salary, leaving good companies and regretting it quickly. Hindsight - Should have known from my first contact by the company and interview in a VERY unprofessional, sophomoric atmosphere

    Cons

    too many to list. bad leadership, uncaring management, backstabbing mentality, always blame others for mistakes, cover-ups, unfair complaint policies, misplaced priorities throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    i don't know - seems the worst of the worst ARE upper level management and it trickles down, so its not going to change unless complete overhaul at director/senior management level. Never heard of CEO listed here so cannot comment on him.


  6. "im just saying"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Structural Supervisor in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Structural Supervisor in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great facility its all indoor. Very clean with great location. Competitive wages & salaries. Some opportunities to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    Poor management when it comes to leadership & morals. Traffic is very congestive when exiting the facility's parking lot. Upper management is based on a buddy system. Its not about what you know but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Get some leadership training


  7. "CNC operator 1"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Operator I in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator I in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Austal has great benefits and room to grow for a young person starting a new career . . . .

    Cons

    The challenge of working at austal is that it is a big corporate company and there are a lot of steps to take to accomplish a simple task


  8. "QA Inspector Ultrasonic inspection"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Inspector in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - QA Inspector in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company plenty of diverse jobs

    Cons

    Old boy network is hard to live with

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fairly


  9. "Decent place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austal (More than a year)

    Pros

    (1).benefits,
    (2)as large company there are promotional opportunities

    Cons

    I had a good boss but many other departments are micromanaged. The company President and many VPs do not spend time mingling with employees. President never remembers names unless you are a VP or Director. Seldom does he get to know anyone. He is also known for verbal attacks in public although I have never saw any.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little time with the troops. Invest in employee development. Train, develop and mentor high potentials more. Share vision and mission more with employees.


  10. "This company is going down hill fast."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator II in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator II in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Austal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Over pay uneducated employees.
    -Benefits package and vacation were great until they changed the healthcare.
    -Free coffee everyday and local lunch trucks come in the gate to sell lunch.

    Cons

    Multiple law suits waiting to happen on employee harassment. People will team up to have a group story to get managers fired on false accusations. HR is involved with the harassment scandals. Harassment is encouraged to help push people out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can before the next manager decides she wants your job and demands it while you sit in time out for being a good hard worker. The company needs a new president to help straighten this company out from the top down. If they don't get a new president, then the only way to survive in this company is to be in his circle of friends because they are the only people protected.


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