Are you curious?
Ever wondered why you think differently? Why you seek to understand ‘how does it work’ and ‘what if’ when others simply accept? Do you get excited at the prospect of solving complex problems? Does your curiosity to ‘get in and understand’, to test, to try this and that, to evaluate, to make things easier and decisions better, drive the person you are at work and at home?
If this is who you are…you’ve found a team of people just like you, because that’s what Shoal is all about.
Meet our people
We are a team of people who believe that no problem is too big. A team of people that, despite sharing the same passion for finding answers, come from diverse backgrounds and different experiences.
Click on the links below to find out what makes some of our people curious.
It’s the possibility of building a Dyson Sphere. Why would we need it and how would we build it?
It’s how humanity solves problems, the limits of our ability to do so and a bizarre mathematical mystery.
It’s retaining humanity in a digital age. Is seeing believing and information overload a real thing?
What’s it like to work at Shoal?
As systems thinkers, you won’t be surprised to hear that we see our workplace as a complex system, with many interrelated parts and programs that impact our results. Likewise, we understand that a workplace can be more than just a ‘job’. We understand that for you to thrive and achieve your full potential, there are many interrelated aspects that you need from an employer, so we offer a broad range of benefits and a high level of flexibility.
Here’s a snapshot of what life is like in the Shoal…
We're all involved
We understand that to do your best work, you need to know how your work contributes to the company’s vision. At Shoal, we take the entire team to inspiring places (the beautiful Adelaide Hills, Fiji, Singapore to name a few) and take the time to explain the strategy, engage in technical and professional development, learn about the future of our profession and strengthen team bonds at our week-long annual retreat.
Every Monday we meet virtually or in-person as a company for a weekly all-in. Our team shares updates across the company, so we’re all informed.
We understand that how we deliver is just as important as what we deliver. As Shoalers, we value boldness, self-awareness, professionalism, creativity and sociability. These values don’t just evolve by accident; but are developed through frameworks to support and develop our people.
Accelerate your career
Our employees have access to Shoal’s Career Development Framework, a tool through which our team can plan their professional development to target the experiences and qualifications they require to take the next step in their career. With a framework in place and corporate support to achieve development objectives, we’re able to support our people to grow and develop.
This framework is also used to drive our bi-annual career progression discussions, where the growth and development of every one of our people is considered in terms of their readiness for promotion. We’ve seen lots of people promoted through this process, with a commensurate salary increase, and most importantly, clarity for individuals on what is required to progress to the next level.
You can also develop your career at Shoal by getting involved in R&D as part of our Blue Water team, our moonshot project or ‘tackling poverty’ project. These projects are an excellent way for our people to use their skills to give back to the community but are also excellent opportunities to apply your skillset in a different context. Part of this is generating ideas, which we explore through our Ideas Club. We read a particular book or article or listen to a podcast or have a guest speaker and then come together to dissect, divulge, discern and discuss great ideas. We then take them through an assessment process to distill the best ones for further research, development and commercialisation.
At Shoal’s weekly Knowledge Sharing Sessions, our people are given time to focus on technical and professional mastery. Technical engineering sessions are interspersed with sessions devoted to business, professional and personal skills development and well being, including building your personal brand, financial planning and superannuation and managing your energy through sleep, for example.
Salary plus benefits
Our people enjoy gift vouchers and/or airline points to celebrate their work anniversaries and can choose to salary sacrifice a range of items, including salary sacrificing into superannuation, to maximise personal circumstances. We also offer additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and contribute to your professional membership fees.
We manage outcomes, not hours, so you'll have flexibility
Shoalers enjoy a very flexible, family friendly, hobby friendly work environment. We understand that work and life doesn’t happen in isolation and that sometimes you need to be present in one area more than the other. We don’t consider this an employee ‘benefit’, its about being able to perform in and enjoy all areas of your life, work being but one of those areas. We walk the talk on workplace flexibility in a number of ways…to name a few:
- Working from home
- Arriving at work a little later so that we can attend the school assembly or undertake that morning ride
- Logging off part way through the day to attend an appointment and logging on later when it suits better
- Working from a café, a library or the park to inspire our thinking
- Providing easy to use tools that allow us to collaborate remotely
- Fostering a culture of trust where flexibility is normalised and we feel comfortable to work in this way, knowing we’re all focused on achieving our objectives.
Shoal’s Employee Assistance Program supports Shoalers and their families with counselling through the tough times, but also focus on the more common day to day opportunities to become truly high performing.
We have coined a new term…Shocial (social)
Shocial. It’s what happens when our people, their partners and the kids come together for Board Games night (and Board Games weekend – epic!). It’s what happens at Shoal’s family Christmas party and social volleyball. For us, Shocial explains how we actually enjoy spending time with the people we work with…we choose to go out for dinner or have a drink on a weekend with the people we work with.
The Mario Kart competition is fierce! (We’ve seriously contemplated working a game of Mario Kart into the recruitment process), and everyone’s whole family joins us for our annual Christmas party (kids too).
Retire your pantsuit and tie
You’re not expected to suit up every day. We have divine cuff-links and lapel pins to smarten any outfit and Shoal merch too!
Location, location, location
Many of our team work from home or on client sites. If you’re in Adelaide, you have the option to join us in our CBD office, with free parking. We are surrounded by restaurants, bars and places for a great coffee.