University of Sydney Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Compensation and benefits provided are relatively good and you can enjoy a good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive (in 2 reviews)

  • The Unions are dreadful, not clever and hold non-union staff to ransom (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work if you want work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; reasonable compensation; great super of 17%; with 10,000 employees there are limitless resources at your fingertips.

    Cons

    Too much red tape and bureaucracy - if you have an idea or vision it is incredibly hard to make progress through all the levels of approval and policies. Everyone is always 'too busy' which makes it hard to set meetings and thus projects take a very long time. The professional service units and the faculties all operate as their own organisation each with their own goals and agenda's. This is fine, but a holistic university strategic vision needs to filter its way down from the top so that employees in service units and faculties are aware of the 'bigger picture' and can instil a culture and strategy accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Think more broadly regarding ALL aspects of the university so that the university can move forward as one unit. Get the PSU's and faculties collaborating more so that there is less cross over of responsibilities and more common knowledge so that everyone is on the same page and is working towards a common goal.


  2. Experience of a PhD student

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - PhD Student
    Current Contractor - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues - very intelligent and lovely.

    Cons

    The usual cons of working in a university - administration.


  3. I don't know what is required here.

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Camperdown (Australia)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Camperdown (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great environment, both the people where I work and the surrounds, working in Education, i.e. something useful.

    Cons

    Have to think about this one and get back to you.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your greatest resource - your staff.


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  5. Casual full-time teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, generally egalitarian workplace, very little micromanagement, high hourly rate

    Cons

    Casual contract, no sick days, no holiday pay


  6. Review from a 4-year casual research assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked as a research assistant at USyd for nearly four years. My rate of pay is extremely good - it is much higher compared to other universities. I am also very satisfied with my working conditions - I have my own office, desk and computer. I like the fact that the uni gives me things like a free flu vaccination each year.

    Cons

    One thing I would have liked more when I first started was a better introduction into the HR procedures of working here. For instance, I was not shown how to log onto My HR or indeed how to do things like claiming pay using the online timesheets. Whether this is the fault of the department that I work for or the uni as a whole, I'm not sure. But I know this has been an issue for many other research assistants who work in the department (psychology). Though, I have noticed that over the years, more resources have been put into making this easier - like you guys seem to have videos online now showing how to submit casual timesheets etc. Perhaps it might just be good to remind employers (like the academics) to direct their employees (i.e. their research assistants) to the website so they can access this information more easily (I had to find it myself).

    Advice to Management

    See cons. Generally I am very satisfied with working here.


  7. Tutor- Business school

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Tutor in Como, New South Wales (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Tutor in Como, New South Wales (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It fits perfectly in with my life. i have 2 children, one with a disability, and working only semesters allows me to go to dr appointments etc. I love the holidays and the time with my children. I have been here of 9 yrs and I built a name for myself i am confident of employment each semester

    Cons

    It is really difficult that after 9 yrs there is not the opportunity to move to part-time arrangement. The unpaid breaks is very difficult financially.
    I also find it amazing that a uni of this level doesn't have the ability to support tablets etc in all the tutorial rooms.......This year is the 1st yr I haven't been forced to use OVERHEAD PROJECTORS- yes overhead projectors to present on......

    Advice to Management

    Investigate options for long term tutors to move to Part time arrangments. Invest in tech in tutorial rooms


  8. High academic freedom and research potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A workplace environment free of class, ethnicity, religious and racial prejudice

    Cons

    Insufficient support and career advise to new academics
    lack understanding of out of work pressures.


  9. Great work place

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Independence and positive work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of permanent academic positions

    Advice to Management

    Create more permanent academic positions


  10. Marketing and Communications

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor

    Pros

    Fun, creative and innovative team
    Project ownership and managerial trust
    Diverse skill set across team
    Mutual respect for other teams' responsibilities and ability to collaborate
    Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Clients are often very difficult
    University is plagued by academic egos
    HR process is arduous
    Things happen. very. slowly.


  11. Technical Development Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly environment and culture. Nice people. Frontier research that is meaningful.

    Cons

    Not enough of commercial drive and tension



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