blog When NBN Co was a fresh young thing in April 2009, executives and technical professionals of all stripes all around Australia were itching to get on board. After all, what more interesting company could there be to work for, than one which is being started from scratch yet has a budget in the tens of billions, on a mission that will affect every Australian? However, fast-forward three years and it seems like every week or so another senior NBN Co executive flies the coop, with the political uncertainty around the project increasing every day. This week, the AFR reports (we recommend you click here for the full article), it’s Joe Prelc, who had been leading the wireless portion of the NBN rollout:
“The AFR Weekend understands that Joe Prelc, who has led the project since its early stages in 2010, stepped aside last week. He reported directly to NBN Co chief technology officer, Gary McLaren.”
Despite the protestations of NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley to the contrary, what we hear from inside NBN Co is that morale at the company is at rock bottom at the moment; and who can blame NBN Co’s several thousand staff for that? Their work is slandered daily in the media, the rollout itself is suffering delays, and there is no doubt that Malcolm Turnbull will run the broom through the company if the Coalition wins power in the upcoming September Federal Election. Personally, however, if I was at NBN Co, I would be doing my best to stick it out. Remember, it’s not how you perform in easy times that is the mark of your quality. It’s when the going gets tough, that the tough really get going.