Supporting Women in Offshore Industry

Supporting Women in Offshore Industry


Nicole Gustiawan pictured at far left. 

At Sodexo we understand the importance of family and have a range of policies to reflect this. We aim to help new and expecting parents balance work with their caring responsibilities.

With gender balanced teams and the advancement of women at the heart of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments, we aim to support women to do their best work – especially during a pregnancy, while keeping her health, well-being and ideal physical environment top of mind.

Nicole Gustiawan shares her experience at Sodexo working within the Offshore energy industry.

“After 5 years of being on Remote Sites with Sodexo, I started working on Prelude in March 2017, while the facility was still being constructed in Geoje, South Korea. For the next 3 months, I flew between Australia and Geoje working on the project and getting it ready to bring back to Australia. I felt so lucky to be selected for this position and was ecstatic to be able to work in South Korea for a few months. After long days of work, my team mates and I used the opportunity to get out and experience the local cuisine and culture which is an experience that I will never forget.

At the end of June, Prelude finally left Geoje and was towed to Australia to set up at its final location, 475kms north-north east of Broome.  I travelled back to Australia onboard Prelude to work as a Heli Admin during the Tow period and to prepare everything for our first Helicopter landing upon arrival in Australia. Just shy of 4 weeks after departing South Korea, we arrived on location, a lot quicker than anyone was expecting, considering the size of the vessel! And soon after, the fun really began! The first few weeks were chaos, as we started landing Helicopters onboard Prelude for the first time. We went from having 150 people on board to being at full capacity of 340, as Shell flew all of the contractors on board to start hooking Prelude up to the chains that would hold us steady on location. I was very relieved to receive back up in the form of the other Heli Admin girls so we could get through the next few extremely busy weeks together. Since then there have been a massive amount of ups and downs while working on board Prelude, but I feel so incredibly proud of what we as a team have achieved over the last 16 months.

In February of 2018, I found out that I was pregnant, and while I was very sad to be leaving my Prelude family after such a short time, I was very excited to start this new chapter in my life. The Shell and Sodexo Teams on board Prelude, as well as Head Office, have been very encouraging since learning of my pregnancy. They have supported me every step of the way to ensure I could continue working on board as long as possible. After reaching 22 weeks, I am no longer able to be on-board Prelude (as it is simply too remote), so the Sodexo Team are working with me to enable me to continue my employment up until I take my Maternity Leave. I do not live in Perth, so am unable to work out of Head Office, so have been encouraged to work from home. I will now be supporting the Prelude Team from home and also providing some assistance to the recruitment team as well as a few other departments. After 6 and a half years of working with Sodexo, I feel so privileged to have received all of the fantastic opportunities I have been given with this company. And I am so incredibly grateful to continue to be supported by them through this next stage of my life.”