Swinburne University of Technology

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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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3.1 11 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

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Bill Scales

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Seasonal Lecturer (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsWork environment is fine. Academics are friendly enough so long as they don't think you're after their job. They're investing in new buildings like crazy so you might be working in a lovely new facility.

    ConsYou'll need to be proactive in keeping / getting hours or they could forget you exist and forget to hire you again. If you're not in a new building the older buildings are a little sad. PCs are getting out of date (5 years) and breaking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementService / replace lab computers. Focus more on keeping staff with industry experience over PHD's.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Re-org needs a lot more work...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGood people to work with
    Student body is very good with keen, interested students from diverse range of backgrounds
    Reasomably good support for teaching, research work

    ConsStill a lot of work to do after a major university re-organisation to get many things working well again
    A lot of professional staff unsettled in their jobs
    Some things going backwards e.g. engagement

    Advice to Senior ManagementRationale for changes still unclear to rank and file
    Some new organisational structures not working
    We need a new enterprise agreement badly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice and helpful people
    Convenient location
    Management is ready to listen to new ideas.

    ConsSome politics (minor and usual in universities)
    Recent restructuring leads to confusion

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    Classroom work, very rewarding. Dealing with career academics, less so.

    Lecturer (Current Employee) Hawthorn (Australia)

    ProsOn the whole most people are very dedicated to providing the highest quality education they can to the students. Pleasant work environment. Good relationships with industry and qualifications earned there generally held in good regard.

    ConsCareer Academics. I imagine all universities have them, people who would prefer they were paid to learn then teach. They love their offices and will defend their jobs to the death.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour new focus on staff having PHD's over industry experience will result in smart but unprepared graduates. Many may be in for a rude awakening when they're thrown into the real world.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLovely staff, good facilities, good benefits and work-life balance

    ConsPoor communication, HR, management and staff development

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people, nice area to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Generally very nice people to work with
    -Students well-motivated and keen - industry-focus
    -Good research investment - much better than many other Australian unis
    -Glenferrie Road!!

    Cons-Can be pretty crowded at times
    -Not as nice looking as Uni Melb (but area much nicer!)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Low interest in Employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfree working time but constantly under submission deadlines

    Consbad environment - lots of politics within the faculties

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    Australian Education system needs an overhaul

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsCan not recommend any features.

    ConsMassive budget cuts equals to a bad working environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not have enough insight to provide advice to management.

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

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    Working as a Sessional Lecturer and Convenor in AGSE

    Convenor/Lecturer Post Grad (Former Employee) Hawthorn East (Australia)

    ProsTried to accommodate my working restrictions, access to libraries, book store and publishing companies for gettgn free books relating to my subject, access to research, ability to build great rapport wiht the students

    ConsNarrow minded politics going on all ther the time driven by an "in" group, you lose your job if you disagree with the "in" group, poor teaching quality from some lecturers, the whole business seems very disorganised when trying to sort out time-tabling and rooms etc, not good at supporting students who have issues with lecturers

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the people who work in your teams, particularly the sessionals as they will give you an objecrtive and rational viewpoint, get the admin side sorted out better

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Appalling University management

    Researcher (Former Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsVery few unless you are a second tier academic looking towards fast promotion and access to good funding in Sciences, Design or Engineering. One good Faculty the Brain Institute!

    ConsThw University administration do not care about student welfare, access or equity. They are driven by bums on seats, fast pass through to graduation, HDR student numbers but poor academic supervision practices and inadequate HDR student resourcing. They were a Dual Sector promoting pathways and lifelong learning as member of OUA... now decimating TAFE, challenging OUA enrolments through their own "Private" provider obline offshoot SOL. All about dollars and rankings not about social responsibility or community inclusion. Worst of the worst example of Corporate Managerialism gone crazy!

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange your policies and strategic plans... you will never be a GO8 and have turned your back on what made Swinburne a fantastic and growing Institution, embeddedness within the Communities you used to serve. Short-term thinking and poor adherence to Government equity policies for mnass higher education provision. You have elitist aspirations but your staff are overwhelmingly second rate.

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

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