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Austal Australia

4.2
  • < 100 employees

Austal Australia Reviews

Based on 14 surveyed graduates working at Austal Australia. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.2
Based on 14 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • I have been given lots of flexibility on how to approach my projects/tasks, this offers great learning experience that I'm allowed to work autonomously instead of being micromanaged all the time.
  • Flexible work hours, as long as you complete the requisite hours required. 9 day fortnight work weeks are handy Rotations around different departments allowing good business insight into the various business activities Good work culture - someone is always willing to lend a hand Variety of task - the various departments have variety so you will never get bored Challenging - there is a lot of opportunities for the organisation as we transition to a new ERP system, there are a lot of new challenges to over come
  • 1. Flexible start and finish times 2. Get to work on boats - depending on task 3. Challenging tasks 4. Over 30 years of experience 5. Undergoing digital transformation so plenty of opportunity to grow and progress
  • Opportunity to learn and work with some of the best in the Ship Building Industry.
  • Facilities are pretty old. The nature of "winning contracts to stay employed" is a bit scary. So Job security is an issue especially when you have a mortgage.
  • The area of improvement would be the information of induction could have been structured better. There was a few confusing moments at the beginning due to lack of information provided.
  • Communication gaps between different departments. Therefore, it’s a struggle to find documents and lessons on previous projects. Data management and engagement are the weak point but company is already working to improve them.
  • Only now transitioning into contemporary digital solutions. Spreadsheets.
  • Could be overwhelming at times with some of the expectations.

What Insiders Say

7.5
Career Prospects
7.5
Career Prospects
To move it takes hard diligent work and always being open to new opportunities even if they are not in the exact line of work you'd want to do. Opportunities are all over but require an understanding that one has to place themselves in front of the right people at the right time to get advice, mentorship and guidance to the right position opportunity
6.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
6.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
I have personally developed a tool to assess the risk of Modern Slavery within the company's Supply Chain, with several successful assessments made, and deployment to the Procurement department to assist in future supplier on boarding assessments. This tool was developed as an advanced and unrequired level of response to the development of legislative requirements around Modern Slavery.
7.8
Culture
7.8
Culture
As cliché as it sounds, the people here are one of Austal’s best assets. They are usually happy to help. The Grads have formed a good group and we organise social events and have lunch together on regular basis. Also, we help each other out with technical job related issues or advice.
7.5
Diversity
7.5
Diversity
The company had recruited more female grads & tradies and the CEO has publicly stated that there needs to be higher % of female employees. The business is quite multicultural, which is great.
8.2
Satisfaction
8.2
Satisfaction
I worked as a project engineer and managed multiple engineering change requests as part of my first rotation. My job was to define the client/system requirements and design the solution, It involved exercising risk management, safety and quality legislative requirements, engineering analysis, technical writing and presenting the change to the client.
7.9
Management
7.9
Management
Dependent on department and individual management styles. In general, however, there is an emphasis on accessibility and support from management, with key factors being frequent formal and informal communication between managers and staff. Managers are approachable and will happily be a bouncing-board for ideas and suggestions. There is a formal mentorship relationship as part of the Graduate Program, where each graduate is paired with a senior member of the company to help facilitate workplace-focused professional development. On top of this, managers also act as mentors to encourage personal and professional growth. This includes discussing performance by giving constructive suggestions, as well as acknowledging both personal and professional achievements.
7.5
Office Work Environment
7.5
Office Work Environment
The dress code is generally casual but professional so polo shirts are the nor at production sites PPE and closed shoes are a must in some cases Offices are open plan so we site in one big room and share desks, kitchens come with coffee, tea, milk, microwaves etc. Some spaces are old (the company has been around for 30 years) but there are always making improvements where necessary
7.8
Recruitment
7.8
Recruitment
Graduates are hired through a 3 step process. 1. Assessment Centre- where the grads are given tasks to work in teams and showcase their skill and enthusiasm. 2. Psychometric Test- Very Challenging cognitive aptitude test 3. Final Interview
7.1
Salary
7.1
Salary
Pay is generous and in-line with typical engineer salaries at the experience level.
6.7
Training
6.7
Training
Presentation skills, Safety in Design, Win in technical writing, Fundamental of Project Management. All trainings are in align with EA
8.7
Work Hours
8.7
Work Hours
9-day-fortnight (80 hrs. per fortnight). Every second Friday is a rostered day off. Flexible start and finish times, with a general understanding that you are there for a large portion of the "normal operating hours", between 9am and 4pm. Usual culture is to work 9 to 9.5 hrs. (excluding 0.5 hr. unpaid lunch) Mon-Thu, and leave earlier than usual on the Friday that you do work. Taking the occasional early leave is accepted.
7.5
Sustainability
7.5
Sustainability
They produce safety and environmental reports monthly. It is quite important to keep minimal waste and maximum safety with proven data in house.