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Updated Mar 26, 2014
University of Sydney – Australia – “Open plan offices in the School of IT”

University of Sydney – Australia – “Open plan offices in the School of IT”
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3.7 49 reviews

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    Great place to work if you want work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

    PhD Student (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsSometimes 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fairly good education received

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

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

    Conshas an easy attitude on selecting tutors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun well-paying casual jobs for students

    Student Ambassador (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exam supervisor

    Invigilator (Former Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsReasonable rates. Respectful of staff. Beautiful environs.

    ConsShift 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 Senior ManagementBreak 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    Prosambitious to do better, clever people and a nice location

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementReform Senate. Please!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great compensation working on an exciting project in a world class educational institution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation and benefits, autonomy and impact on projects, world renown educational institution

    ConsNeed a few IT upgrades

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    Great to work for, but lengthy recruitment process

    Communications (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsThe pay is on a really good standard, compared to pay in communications in the private sector. There is a good support environment, supervision as needed and possibilities to take on responsibility. The possibility to learn a lot and improve. People are really friendly and they are really flexible with work. Great if you have other commitments like study or young children.

    ConsThe University is really administrative. It took several months to actually get the job. I was offered a job that then didn't exist anymore and eventually I got a job a few months and many phone calls with their agent later.

     

    Great place to work

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsVery flexible working arrangements and hours
    pay is above average and transparent pay grades

    ConsSome departments have alot of bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Confusing forest of systems, populated by friendly people

    Data Analyst (Current Employee) Sydney (Australia)

    ProsThis is coming from a data analyst's perspective:
    * Everyone, minus the odd ego or two in 'upper management' is very friendly.
    * If they can, people will go out of their way to help you.
    * Close proximity to a very wide variety of food outlets/restaurants.

    Cons* You WILL be confused by the frequent workarounds necessary to pull pretty basic data, especially if you are from a corporate background.
    * Systems are very faculty-centric (reflecting historical practice) and are hence duplicated. Good luck trying to stitch data together from different faculties!
    * IT service is pretty bad, considering the size of the Uni. It's not their fault though, their budget is tiny.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the leadership of the plethora of internal reviews to people who are actually passionate about making real change to the University - certain deputy vice-chancellors, for example...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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