Downer Group
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Training options available in the beginning had lots of support but things are different now still have enjoyed my time working g there pay isn't great
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Productive and supportive workplace

Structure environment with lots of team building.Good training courses and very supportive during Covid.Plant and equipment is well maintained with an excellent Plant team who are very professional and keep up to date with technology.Communication is good within the region




Never experienced any in my time with Downer
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un safe

under cuts good companys who do the right thing employs thugs who bully workers breaks every rule in the book to make the jobs go ahead the best part is the job interview were they say how good it is


30 minute lunch


never get time
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some hard work but you get to have fun doing it

A great place to work no two day the same with great training there staff to up skill levels this job take to see country you may never had seen from beachs to rivers place in the middle of no where for my on any given day you may doing drainage ,sealing of stab patchs


good working treams


work in wet weather
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Loved the people and challenges that gave opportunities to show my skills, and learn more about the company

Loved my temp role with Downer, would go back any day. Great people to work with, varied job tasks. Lots of option to learn. They showed appreciation and respect. They listened and took what a had to say seriously. . health and safety team were brilliant to work with. Great to feel respected for the jobs I done.


Fresh fruit.


Cold building site but the view was worth it
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Productive environment

Productive and challenging environment, every employee have an input to production but the hardest part is working in a group after some years as a lone worker.


free coffee


no free lunches
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Hard work

Always under pressure to do the work and meet deadlines. A thankless job. Very few compliments for hard work done. Wages are minimal. Training is minimal. Career advancement is nil.


PPE Gear provided


Hard work for little rewards, low pay.
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Excellent company.

Downer is a fantastic company to work for. They care for the workers and management listen to your contribution and always try to improve work environment. I rate them a 5 🌟 company to work for.
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Great company

Great company to work for. I have learned a lot from the people working at Downer, in the technical division. I had to leave the company due to my work visa that expired.
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Very busy environment and challenging

Fast paced environment, challenging staff issues, communication was not the greatest and management were not easily available. They do have a good health and safety plan which is communicated well.


Work vehicle.


No recognition for long hours
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good work

very hard fast paced work but kept food on the table the management was great and showed you how its done very well, id recommend this to anyone that isn't afraid of hard work
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Average workplace

It was just a working environment that didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel a part of the team. That doesn’t mean the whole company is like that but the branch I was working from felt like that
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A real Downer

Downers dont hire direct instead to work there you must go via a labour hire firm. They treat their labour hire staffers badly. Anything from making them work up to 13-15 hour days on lollypop duty without a toilet for miles and no known finish times (really hard if youve got kids/pets to pick up from care and the care places shut at 6pm while youre still at work) to promising them full time work after 90 days only then to throw them under a bus after one week for absolutely no reason at all (or some invented reason). Id steer well clear of downer because thats exactly what they are.
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Productive place

good place to work and has the potential for excellent career development as it works in many industries. After working so many years for Downer I felt like part of the family
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passive and stressfull

work is good but the people in the management is somehow stressfull, they will check every time you stand from your desk, and thy have a checklist how long have you gone. They will capture your idle time and will notify you if you are using your cellphone. no personal call allowed
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Good people poor management

Great team and good fellas, Management always busy. Otherwise good when they leave you to get on with it, Toolbox meetings,, go on and on for 3 and 4 hours
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Poor management, lack of support

Company is growing too fast and overloading staff with poor management and a lack of support. People are put in positions they cannot succeed in and left with no support.
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Well worth the experience working at Downer

I enjoyed working at Downer but I was lead to believe that I was permanent full time , I dont know what happened but was played off, I was driving the long reach mower a job I enjoyed greatly, and was very disappointed when I was told that there was no more work for me, but in saying that working at Downer I would recommend to anybody
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Always busy with faults

Very good work place if you are after making a bit more money than normal, however the company appreciates very much for the extra work, very safe place to work.
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Would recommend working for downer

I really enjoyed working for downer as a company they look after there staff well. Have in house training which is benifit all. Great company culture I would definitely work for them again. Job security well my position was made redundant after loosing one of their contracts which they had to do. They had great support to help staff gain employment elsewhere which I was very impressed with
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Had a hard time there at end

Nice place to work. Management in some departments take time to understand . Enjoyed working with various people and groups. They are very good for helping you get licences and qualifications
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Based on 431 reviews

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3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture
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