CiSRA Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A good company, but can be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A bunch of great colleagues and interesting projects

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for bold ideas

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is conservative


  2. Sadly declining

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at CiSRA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with Interesting projects Only expected to work your hours

    Cons

    Incredibly risk averse Secretive to the point where you don't have the information to do your job Public service mentality

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, we're all in it together! Promote skilled people rather than block them due to bullet points


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great and stable environment to work in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Environment, colleagues, area, benefits, activities

    Cons

    Low salary, too much management interfere

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Less politics and politicians at the top, more honest managers


  7. Helpful (1)

    Confused Management and a has-been company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many good people and systems Interesting work

    Cons

    Top management lacking Confusion reigns now

    Advice to Management

    Stop being afraid of Japan


  8. In decline

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Good place for Career Development.

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

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  10. Great people and interesting technologies

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

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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


  11. Relaxed work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CiSRA

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment with some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Very conservative company in terms of project decisions.



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