University of Sydney Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. Great place to work if you want work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. USyd was a wonderful place full of very intelligent people

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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    * Great weather in Sydney
    * Opportunity to travel
    * Great facilities

    Cons

    * Australia is a bit removed from the rest of the world
    * Paperwork and more paperwork, even taking a single day of leave requires paper work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Provide more feedback to your junior staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. University of Sydney Business School

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues and boss, flexibility and collaborative

    Cons

    restrictive travel policy, non-transparency in promotions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. postdoc experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    great environment and friendly workmates. research support is fantastic and salary is relatively high compared to the US

    Cons

    it sometimes takes time to get paperwork done especially when it involve multi-lab collaboration you have to go through lots of paperworks make me think australia is like a asian country

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. postdoc position at the University of Sydney

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    well paid salary. I came to sydney for postdoc after receiving my phd in the US. Postdoc salary much higher than in the US, which is an important factor to drive me come over to Australia for postdoc. In general the research environment is great and I enjoy the freedom to explore my own ideas. Research support is quite generous as well.

    Cons

    In general, living cost is very high compared to the US. Some local australian are arrogant and not nice to outsiders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to commune with; bright and knowledgeable staff; excellent facilities and continual expansion. As a physics PhD Student, I found that having all of the different research groups in close proximity meant that there was often interesting interdisciplinary research talks.

    Cons

    Sometimes I have the feeling that Sydney University rests on its laurels a bit due to its reputation; which can make them seem a little haughty. In my visits to other universities, I have found them to feel much more welcoming.

    Recommends
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  8. Fairly good education received

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    students are pretty vibrant,
    most research stuff are pretty good in their own field and are responsible
    most lectures has been well prepared

    Cons

    has an easy attitude on selecting tutors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Fun well-paying casual jobs for students

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great casual pay rates
    - fun and interesting co-workers
    - opportunities for full-time positions
    - great experience for a CV

    Cons

    - work can be repetitive (eg logistics prep for but that should be apparent from the job description and interview process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Exam supervisor

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    Former Contractor - Invigilator in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Invigilator in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable rates. Respectful of staff. Beautiful environs.

    Cons

    Shift assignment can be a bit ad hoc - no one wants to work 2 hrs have a 3 hr break and then work another 2hrs but this really doesn't happen all that often.
    A rare few supervisors expect you to turn up 15 minutes early to set up=I just turned up at the time I was told to on my roster and ensured that my section was still set up effectively before the start of the exam - I don't need 15 minutes extra and if I am not getting paid for it I won't be showing up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the few remaining fiefdoms every so often.
    Get rid of the insufficient desk dividers used in multiple choice exams or issue staggered exam papers for multiple choice so that copying is not advantageous for candidates.

    Recommends
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  11. Pretty good. A lot of change, and the Unions bully people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ambitious to do better, clever people and a nice location

    Cons

    A lot of change in PSU's and people aren't always equipped to adapt. The Unions are dreadful, not clever and hold non-union staff to ransom. University Senate is full of arrogance and people who can't get past their factionalism. Very depressing to see some of the Senate behaviours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform Senate. Please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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