Australian National University

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Australian National University Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
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  1.  

    Great place to work and do research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Australian National University

    Pros

    friendly people, good access to research facilities, awesome social events, healthy work place

    Cons

    Not many career opportunities and if you are in research its really hard to get a permanent position or have long term contract as the funding may not continue.

    Recommends
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    Great place being forced in the wrong direction by outside forces

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Canberra (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Canberra (Australia)

    I worked at Australian National University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The ANU is a great university with an amazing working environement in a fantastic city (seriously, Canberra is pretty great once you get used to the fresh air). The support staff are, for the most part, efficient and helpful.

    Cons

    An aging work force leaves little room for upwards career progression as there are limited full-time permanent positions available: assume that you will need to move elsewhere for that next promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The univeristy is increasingly loosing sight of its roots as a research institution: at the end of the day, this is what makes the ANU a world class factility. This should not be compromised to attract the quick and easy dollars provided by the international student market. ANU has no future as a degree factory and standards must be maintained.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    More outlet required

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time

    Pros

    nice environment, can focus on research,

    Cons

    more connection opportunity to industry required

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    A wonderful environment to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Australian National University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The relaxed working environment makes the ANU a wonderful place to focus on the task at hand

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, so you will be working for the love of the culture and the environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on perks to reward staff as the salary alone will not be enough to keep them.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Nice people to work with

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    Current Employee - Casual Tutor in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Casual Tutor in Canberra (Australia)

    I have been working at Australian National University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Not tough and stressful work as a casual tutor

    Cons

    not as well-paid as UC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  7.  

    Nice place with very flexable working hours/arrangements

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    Former Employee - IT Officer in Canberra (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Officer in Canberra (Australia)

    I worked at Australian National University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very flexable hours and a laidback attitude are the best IMO. Attending schoolfunctions or picking up sick kids was never a problem.
    Nice campus in the middle of Canberra made it easy to get to work. I enjoyed worthing with academics and in general most of the people I dealt with were quite intelegent.

    Cons

    can be very political, managers often lack leadership and/or management skills. There is no ability to advance to higher level in your current position. This means that you have to change jobs to get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deligate more of the decision making process to the technical teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Summer Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Research Intern in Canberra (Australia)
    Former Employee - Summer Research Intern in Canberra (Australia)

    I worked at Australian National University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, world class facilities and equipment with world class researchers. During summer time there aren't many other students on campus so a really quite spot. The more work you put into the research, the more you'll get out of it. Accommodation really close by, so easy to get to work and back every day.

    Cons

    Can get very hot if you're not used to the weather. Salary is enough to live but it's made up by food and accommodation.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Interesting new and on-going research projects to be part of

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Canberra (Australia)

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the ANU allows for a lot of flexibility (also dependent on your project), and with the constant emergence of new research project comes with the opportunity to learn and possibly work on new research.

    Cons

    Challenging work without much guidance.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great place for work life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Australian National University

    Pros

    Work life balance great salary learning opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic slow growth takes time

  11.  

    A professional, but relax atmosphere.

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

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice. The work is satisfying as it contributes to good research. Supervisory staff is fairly flexible with time.

    Cons

    IT support is terrible. Top positions are available only when people retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more IT staff or better IT staff training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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