NICTA Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Intern research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really great researchers, lots of activities, good environment to work and people are friendly if talk to them for ideas and help.

    Cons

    Hard to interact with professors since they are really busy with their work and may be reluctant to talk with interns as they are potential research students but only around for 3 months or so.

    Advice to Management

    Big structure for management in having offices in different states. Works together well with video conferences. Hierarchical structure as researchers stays together to discuss their research in their spare time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A chaotic place with change in the air

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NICTA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    NICTA has many talented researchers who are passionate about their work. The environment is collaborative and there's some solid work happening. NICTA has indeed made a name for itself in the research circuit and is now generally well regarded in the research community.

    Cons

    NICTA recently lost its federal funding. Its facing a fiscal cliff with funding coming to an end in June 2016. NICTA is working through to merge with CSIRO, and the impending merger is likely to create a bigger and better ICT research centre. However, NICTA in its current form is held back by poor quality business leaders. A majority of business teams are led by managers who would not be hired for a similar role in the industry. These business team leaders are mostly inept, unable to comprehend ideas, and unable to commercial ideas. There's much tension between research teams and business teams.

    Advice to Management

    Way too many business teams. You probably need one business/commercial unit, which could be led by a professional business manager. Under this one business manager you can have several sector-specific business development professionals. Finally, to the new management, please don't think that NICTA+CSIRO DPF is a startup. It's not a startup. You need to find a hook to motivate and get the best out of people. That hook can't be uplifting Australia's innovation score or such political speak.


  3. An awesome place to work & learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding research. Flexible: fosters innovative ideas from anyone. Great focus on using cutting edge research to solve engineering problems, and generating startup companies from research.

    Cons

    Uncertainty surrounding the future of the organisation.


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  5. Awesome place to work or do your PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - You will find smart people around - Flexibility of working hours

    Cons

    - Not a fast paced organization

    Advice to Management

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  6. My favourite place to work - ever!

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NICTA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, real sense of purpose and chance to work on cutting edge projects. Pay is reasonable (for the public sector) but there are many soft compensations.

    Cons

    In the past NICTA has been exposed to political pressure and found itself vulnerable to both state and federal cuts in funding which has lead to researchers losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Seize hold of the CSIRO lifeline because it represents a source of income and insulates NICTA from anti-scientific conservative governments. Restore the priority on research and focus on being a world class research organization.


  7. Nice place, once funding issues are sorted

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NICTA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive, good place to study

    Cons

    Management poorly handled issues regarding funding and resignation of CEO.


  8. great fun.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible. the company has lots of interesting projects going on. and all of them are highly practical that can make immediate impact on the society.

    Cons

    they only take researchers with a doctor degree


  9. Good place to do good research and work with great people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Full of lots of really smart people who can help you with your research. The problems they are tackling are interesting and the work you do is actually used by people outside of NICTA. Good working environment with decent pay and very flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Research can always be hard, and life can get very stressful around paper and deliverable deadlines. Sometimes has a bit of a not-invented-here syndrome at times.


  10. Science powerhouse if they survive

    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NICTA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    produce great science flexible work place location and facilities

    Cons

    big funding problem business teams IP and legals


  11. A unique place to work

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NICTA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a researcher at NICTA, you are in a unique position to do whatever research you want, provided it is excellent (and fits in a research theme). And by excellent, I mean excellent as viewed by the best in your field, worldwide. This is a unique position in Australia, as far as I know. NICTA is particularly good if you want your research to have impact, that is to be developed / productised, etc. And it doesn't have to be you, the researcher, doing that ! NICTA is also good to work across several disciplines. People are open-minded, etc. The CEO is great at making NICTA a good place for researchers to output some great research.

    Cons

    Some of the senior managers are pretty terrible, both technically and as managers. They are there for historical reasons. They undermine the culture of excellence that NICTA is striving to achieve. Career progression is rather limited due to over-ambitious positions criterion. As a result, many people occupy positions for which they don't fill the criterions at all.

    Advice to Management

    Cleanup your house. It looks good, but it could look great. Align your salaries to -at least- universities (no they're not.)



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