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University of Sydney Reviews

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work life balance at the research assistant level (in 3 reviews)

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


Cons
  • As a general staff it takes a lot to get a promotion or a reclassification (in 2 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1.  

    Best time of your life

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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

    If you want to be doing what you are passionate about, do a PhD at Usyd. Top notch research in my opinion.

    Cons

    Supervisors can be a bit difficult to deal with. Choose well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Overall excellent experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Pros

    As A PhD student I found the university was equipped with latest technology,knowlegeable staff

    Cons

    sometimes you tend to face racism

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities if you can make it work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stimulating work, great levels of freedom.

    Cons

    Remuneration is less than in comparable industry positions, and with heavy-weight bureaucracy. Many junior positions are casual (as is the case in academia). The cumulative effect is that they lose good people, and hence commercialisation opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn from a "how can't we make this work" organisation into a "how can we make this work" organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Pros

    I worked there part time while I did my PhD. Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world

    Cons

    In university, you need to pursue a research life. Otherwise, it is very hard to have an improve in career.

  6.  

    A rewarding experience as a lecturer

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    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Academics generally agree that universities can be difficult places to work these days. While Australian higher education, like elsewhere, is also succumbing to the quantification of research outputs, its universities still generally offer good working conditions. Throughout my three years there I felt supported by my department and school. As a junior scholar I was given a reduced teaching load, in recognition of the fact that it takes time to develop courses. The pay is excellent and the location of the main campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The cons are the same as with any university: getting ahead as a junior (or senior!) scholar requires working six or seven days per week.

  7.  

    PhD

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    Former Employee - PhD
    Former Employee - PhD

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    great labs, environment and experience tech

    Cons

    limited funds, jobs, resources and high living expenses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had a good time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    well paid and good boss

    Cons

    not all bosses were good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less politics and more reward for quality

    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    University review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing, intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    Somewhat institutionualised, leading to beuocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on international student engagement.

  10.  

    PhD Student

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting research project and friendly people

    Cons

    Lack of social activities and career advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Excellent place to do research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with other skilled researchers doing top research. The university has excellent equipment and resources to support the research.

    Cons

    It is quite competitive to get positions because it has such a good reputation. Salary was standard based on government grant guidelines. No clear path to a permanent position at the university instead of grant to grant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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