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4.1
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Department of Defence Reviews

Based on 48 surveyed graduates working at Department of Defence. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.1
Based on 48 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Being able to work on matters that you simply can't get exposure to elsewhere. National security, international law and interaction with the ADF have been incredible to work on throughout my time with Defence.
  • Love the working environment at Defence. The people are great, the workload is good, the variety of work and training opportunities are great.
  • The number of opportunities and different paths you can take within Defence is amazing. The graduate program allows you to experience various aspects of Defence and gain knowledge from different areas.
  • Defence has very flexible working arrangements and take care of you when you have medical issues, kids and anything personal you need.
  • People are welcoming and friendly. Workplace culture is generally positive (e.g. flexible working hours, values mental health, good work-life balance, etc.). Many benefits regarding leave, superannuation etc.
  • The size and scale of the organisation can be overwhelming sometimes.
  • Culture of particular areas, reports of low remuneration compared to whole-of-government.
  • Large size can sometimes create inefficiencies and it can be hard to know who your internal stakeholders are.
  • Working with old systems and limitations on applications that are available, due to security and monetary constraints.
  • Red tape and sometimes you can feel like a cog in the system.

What Insiders Say

7.4
Career Prospects
7.4
Career Prospects
Certainly one of the best parts of working at Defence.
7.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.0
Culture
8.0
Culture
Office culture is a mix between professionals and end-users/maintainers. Pretty interesting blend of experiences and viewpoints
7.8
Diversity
7.8
Diversity
I am Autistic and I know they seem to be well across some of the challenges I may have in the workplace. A lot of people are quite open about their identities which makes me think it is a diverse place to work.
7.9
Satisfaction
7.9
Satisfaction
R&D on tracking and sensor fusion algorithms Integration and application of live tracking on moving platforms Collaborating with relevant teams to build capabilities
7.6
Management
7.6
Management
Supervisor was very down to earth. We had similar personalities and humor so we got along very well. Made a good mentor and communication was easy. Supervisor was able to teach and provide good feedback.
6.8
Office Work Environment
6.8
Office Work Environment
Most office locations provide good facilities and free parking. Overall, dress code is quite casual. Most people opt for smart-casual attire. Jeans are totally acceptable, as are full suits.
6.4
Recruitment
6.4
Recruitment
Interview process and assessments were straightforward. I had no issues/complaints with either.
7.2
Salary
7.2
Salary
Compared to other private company, not bad. Considering the work and life balance, very good.
7.3
Training
7.3
Training
Allowing me time to acclimatise to the new work area and providing seminars, reading material and advice/guidance to any questions I have
9.1
Work Hours
9.1
Work Hours
Very flexible. We have the ability to complete our required hours anytime between 0700 and 1900, Monday to Friday. We also earn flex-time for any time worked over 7.5 hours daily. This can be used to have extra time off work.
6.4
Sustainability
6.4
Sustainability
Considerations for printing, parking (encouraged to take PT) and use of IT resources