Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent work flexibility and work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time

    Pros

    They offer great work flexibility in terms of hours, part time work, job sharing, types of leave etc, and work/life balance and self improvement through internal courses. This is all dependent on your seniors, however. If you have a supportive manager then you will find it a great place to work in terms of work/life balance and promotion.

    Cons

    Too much change in terms of structure, reporting line, management and project/portfolios and flagships. This uncertainty impacts on morale and makes it hard to achieve or focus on ever-changing goals and priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and open.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful experience apart from politics

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, innovative, science impact on society, great working environment, friendly staff

    Cons

    Office politics, government research funding cut to the bone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on science and educate the government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Research intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation as an intern

    Pros

    Met some amazing people who were really passionate about research, it was also a tightly-knit community and people were open to helping others. Very different to working in research.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than in industry jobs, job stability is at risk due to cuts in funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate some of the research projects with industry projects to perhaps decrease risk associated with funding, yet still providing people with a chance to do research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Scientists' Nest

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in North Ryde (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in North Ryde (Australia)

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you are scientifically minded this is the place to be. No rubbish with running around administration. You are surrounded by intelligent people.

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing. Can be too quiet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Potential but no atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    The science work is first class and really interesting. Most of the scientists (clients) appreciate the work you do

    Cons

    You are treated by management like admin staff and there are constant pressures to push costs down.

    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It USED to be an amazing place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Support in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Support in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    When I first joined the CSIRO it was an amazing place to work. Top-level bureaucratic interference was kept at a minimum and everyone contributed to the research in one way or another whether as a researcher or a supporter of research. People were friendly and there was much interaction between people across disciplines and across divisions both socially and professionally. It was a dream place to work.

    Cons

    The CSIRO which I joined is not the CSIRO which exists today. Management is overtly interfering and stifles innovation. Original thinking is looked down upon and those with a difference of opinion are quietly let go, irrespective of the merit and value of their research, particularly those that propose alternative views to those of CSIRO's major clients (i.e. Chemical and Mining Companies) are quickly let go.
    Management has a propensity to overlook inappropriate conduct, particularly where overt corruption is alleged. None of the SME which predominate in Australian R&D wish to work with the CSIRO as the overwhelming bureaucratic wrangling far outweighs any benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to accept that they exist as a result of research. Research does not exist as a result of them.
    Deal with the hard issues fairly and transparently irrespective of the embarrassment they may cause in the immediate term and treat your employees with courtesy and dignity.

    Lastly, you need to take a hard line with those who engage in inappropriate conduct no matter how valuable they might be perceived to be. Covering for such people will not serve the CSIRO well in the long run and will only serve to force other equally valuable and talented people out of the organisation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Interesting yet frustrating place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Projects Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Projects Officer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, a good group of like minded people to work with on the whole. Opportunity to work on a scale and sophistication virtually impossible in commercial arena. Relatively relaxed schedule and flexible workplace. Excellent superannuation but substandard pay

    Cons

    Subject to political milestones and government budgets in an era where science is undervalued. Advancement virtually nil if you lack a Ph.D. The management by committee syndrome is alive and well here. Nepotism, existance of cliques and some questionable behaviour in the way people are treated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on science and less spin

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very messy right now

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    Current Employee - Research Projects Officer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Projects Officer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects that have value beyond making a company richer. Intelligent and sensible people, pleasant and efficient to work with.
    A very good on-site childcare that is also considerably cheaper than local options. A good salary, above average market level for what I do. Flexible working hours, also no problem going part-time if needed (but not the other way, currently).

    Cons

    Very unstable situation at the moment, with internal restructuring and significant budget cuts. Many people are going to lose their jobs. Those who stay will be maxed out to get results in the projects they are involved with. Not enough support from management for research efforts that don't bring immediate economic benefits.

    CSIRO exists in many places, and I am sure culture could be different through such a large and distributed organization. I am not happy with the climate around me - very isolated, people don't care about each other, not enough team effort or informal sharing of knowledge and skills (which is actually not good for an R&D organization).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about science, please.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Relax workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Broad variety of research topics, intelligent colleagues, good pay as internship. Good life-word balance, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Job cuts due to federal budget 2014. Very complicated flagship and division structure, bureaucratic very much. Little to none real achievements

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Former Employee - Research Intern

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom to explore individual ideas and interests when investigating ideas for projects. Good feedback from busy supervisors regarding project progression. Opportunities given to showcase project outcomes in seminar fashion.

    Cons

    Working culture appeared disorganized and unregulated at times. Lack of coherent structure in the organization, individual research groups work in isolation without communication, can be isolating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efforts made to create a unified research environment including write ups of current projects undertaken by each individual group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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