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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.
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PPE Gear provided
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Hard work for little rewards, low pay.
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Great place to work and good bunch of guys.. Well organised and easy approachable. Good safety procedure . Really care about employee safety and well being
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Good Supervisors will find work for you or recommend you to other projects. Hard to get time off when required even if you have the hours up, but that's most construction companies
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Fast paced environment which keeps you on your toe's. Everyday is different. Great culture and working environment. Management team is very helpful and resourceful.
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Downer has a changing culture dependent very much on the Area and local Project Management of the particular Project. There is a strong work ethic and loyalty from seasoned Project team members and the teams seem to be chosen by word of mouth - strong politics are involved and a high standard is demanded. I was involved in 3 FIFO Projects and overall I enjoyed my time there.
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Most of the blokes were easy to get along with, except some of the supervision who had big ego's and little inexperience in diplomacy. Materials were sometimes slow in being sourced and brought to the job front and gear,(welding machines, mag drills, etc) were always in demand. The job was sometimes a bit slow but i guess that was not Downers fault as that was the way the client ran the project. All up not a bad mob to work for.
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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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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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Typical daily issues - Fast pace for project management. Could improve system training as the Downer systems are complex compared to other major SMP systems.
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Major divide between white and Blue collar workers. Communication non existent You are just a number there, be ready to be sacked or redundant at anytime.
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I worked for Downer on several mining projects in Western Australian and Northern Territory over 10 years. I found them to be a great employer to work for. I can't wait to work for them again.
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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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Long hours on site expected to go above and beyond, always expected to give more than you recieve. Work groups are very tight knit and can at times be difficult to feel a part of the team.
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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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Work was good because our Supervisors and Management had very good communication skills there was no standing over tactics always reviewed safety concerns every one was on first name relations our ladies were always given great respect go,s with out saying. i would go as far to ray most of us were considered family
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no con overtime was considered cream on the cake
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I only saw the labour-hire side of Downer, but even the long-term employees complained of a predatory work culture that saw the employees as disposable. I didn’t see the senior management as being all that smart, either.
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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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job security dependent on winning contracts , a lot of work can be based in different states so if in construction you must be willing to move around.
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Fast paced, dynamic working environment. Safety culture never an issue- 100% management support in striving for the zero harm goal. Worked with many talented, hard working individuals that delivered great results for Downer on the Gorgon Project.
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Great company to work for, have lot of time for the girls that make effort to get you on the shut downs and as many days as possible . good place to work for and work with the regular boys day in day out
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Fantastic place to work great people! Like family atmosphere. Great training and encouragement to strive for better as a human being ! Top management and great pay
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