CiSRA Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    A good company, but can be better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A bunch of great colleagues and interesting projects

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for bold ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is conservative

    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Pull Up! Pull Up! Pull Up!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting staff. Good money. Free fruit on Mondays. Free parking. The lifts worked most days.

    Cons

    It's like the auto pilot has failed and the company is in a nose dive.
    Unexplained and hasty departures of senior staff and senior managers.
    Toxic environment and a culture of fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some strategy. Get rid of the poison.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great and stable environment to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment, colleagues, area, benefits, activities

    Cons

    Low salary, too much management interfere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun, great learning experience, great teams.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CiSRA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, great learning experience.

    Friendly and very clever people across the entire organization

    Cons

    Too many good employees including managers are left and leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it appears that lots of talent is leaving with not much replacement, I think retention/replacement should be higher on the priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Was a joy to work at until the executive rot set in post-GFC.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in North Ryde (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in North Ryde (Australia)

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    * World-class researchers and engineers from whom you will learn an enormous amount.
    * Friendly project teams, passionate about their subject and willing to help.
    * A "nothing is too hard" approach to problem solving and project deadlines.
    * Peerless academic credentials in Australia.

    Cons

    * Much of the executive is bereft of strategic management experience and this mediocrity breeds distrust and dysfunction.
    * A toxic culture of fear permeates much of the middle-ranking managers.
    * The legal department, once regarded as trusted resource to navigate a difficult IP landscape, is now often viewed as an willing agent for the incompetent whims of the executive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * A couple of you should leave now before it's too late for the rest of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Used to be a good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    OK place for a career start
    Still some smart and good people there to learn from
    Good location, easy to access by public transport

    Cons

    Very poor top management
    Too much politics
    People scared to express themselves
    Lots of red tape with Canon Inc.
    Too many employees including managers are left and leaving - not a good sign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics and politicians at the top, more honest managers

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Confused Management and a has-been company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many good people and systems
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Top management lacking
    Confusion reigns now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being afraid of Japan

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    In decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Pros

    Friendly people and good environment

    Cons

    Very poor communication from management and with Canon

  10.  

    Good place for Career Development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in North Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in North Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Pros

    Good place to learn, lots of development for career.
    Consistent pay raise every year
    Free Travel to Japan
    Very smart people work there.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape with Canon
    Too much political crap
    Some people get "stuck" in crap positions, then end up leaving.
    Making simple changes can require 10 page document that needs approval.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great people and interesting technologies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Experience Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Industrial Experience Intern in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Pros

    - Emerging, interesting and engaging technologies
    - Great environment to learn and foster "pure technical" skills
    - Cool benefits
    - Smart people

    Cons

    The office space is not stimulating enough compared to other R&D competitors
    Interaction between teams
    Project size
    Research focused only

    Recommends

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