NICTA
3.6 of 5 16 reviews
www.nicta.com.au Sydney, Australia

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Updated Feb 25, 2014

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Flexible workplace with a mission to create Impact for Australia

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at NICTA full-time for more than a year

ProsNICTA has all the benefits of a research institute: flat hierarchy, flexible working hours, smart colleagues. Plus it's mission and values are focused on making a different for Australian (and the World) economy and society, which gives a real purpose to the research being carried out.

ConsOn the flip side, from a business oriented point of view, NICTA does not offer a clear career path. There is little difference in responsibilities between junior and senior research staff, which can be frustrating.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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NICTA was a good place to work before Hugh Durrant-Whyte took control.

Researcher (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at NICTA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNICTA was a great place to work for research as it had good balance of values. There was freedom to pursue blue sky research and also impact through commercialisation and projects with industry.

ConsNICTA has lost it's focus on research and is becoming a service oriented company. Leadership also regards researchers as disposable and replaceable. The retrenchments in Victoria are filled with many procedural errors and staff have been mislead and lied to.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with more care. Handle redundancies properly in future. Do not mislead employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked in a small research group for 2 years, on interesting but ultimately unprofitable ideas.

Research Engineer (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I worked at NICTA full-time for more than a year

Pros- A mix of smart, hard working people, and a relaxed flexible working environment.
- By working alongside professors and phd candidates, I felt I got a lot of exposure to the academic world, which would have been difficult without doing a phd.

Cons-The company is made up of many small research groups, which often don't share the same culture, work ethic or collaborate together.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company's mission statement and values don't match how individual groups operate. Either drop the premise or fix the culture at the grass roots level.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start if you need some research experience

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Canberra (Australia)

I worked at NICTA as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIntelligent people, flexible hours, good work-life balance.

Also the facilities at Canberra lab is above average.

You get hands-on experience to ICT research.

ConsPoor job security due to periodical funding problems.

Even senior researchers come and go in a few years.

Less chance to work with people from other groups.

Advice to Senior ManagementFinding a stable funding scheme for the organisation should be one of the top priorities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Cutting edge technology burdened by conservative environment

Director (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at NICTA full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe researchers are some of the smartest, forward looking people around. It is so stimulating when you sit in a room and watch new knowledge literally being created. It is a privilege to see the technology future being created.

ConsBecause most of its funding comes from the Government, the corporate posture of the organisation has to be very conservative. This makes it hard to take the risks that are necessary in getting this new technology out to market to have it create impact.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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brief but very interesting

Technical Assistant (Former Employee)
Canberra (Australia)

I worked at NICTA as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat working environment, rate more than average and quite comfortable as there is almost no pressure from the manager

ConsOnly job for those who really wants to be researcher, not much career level and competition in the work, suitable for those who enjoy working on academic environment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting project and nice people

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Canberra (Australia)

I worked at NICTA full-time for more than a year

ProsResearch project. People are fun to work with, and salary not bad for graduate. Work life balance is really good and it is really flexible to work at NICTA.

ConsNot enough room to grow as the focus is on research and as a software developer, you work in a small team, and don't have chance to talk to other techs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Research Company

Researcher (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at NICTA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company has some impact in academia. The job is not very busy.

ConsThere are few opportunities in Australia.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice company, freedom, but little wage

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Canberra (Australia)

I worked at NICTA as an intern for less than a year

ProsFreedom
Free coffee and foosball
24h access

ConsLow wage
No access to academic papers!!!

Advice to Senior ManagementNo particular advice, I would have liked to see that famous coffee machine on level 2 that never arrived

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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NICTA experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NICTA full-time

Prosgood balance between research and commercialization

Consmanagement structure is not very clear

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