Swinburne University of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
12 Reviews

3.2
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Helped drive my improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The staff themselves are very supportive, which compliments the overall relaxed culture.

    Cons

    Communication between management and academics could be more lateral, rather than horizontal enforcing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with academics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sessional Lecturer

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Lecturer  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Lecturer in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    You'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 PCs are getting out of date (5 years) and breaking.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 ManagementAdvice

    Service / replace lab computers. Focus more on keeping staff with industry experience over PHD's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Re-org needs a lot more work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Still 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Hawthorn (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Hawthorn (Australia)

    Pros

    On 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.

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor communication, HR, management and staff development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people, nice area to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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!)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low interest in Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    free working time but constantly under submission deadlines

    Cons

    bad environment - lots of politics within the faculties

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Australian Education system needs an overhaul

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Can not recommend any features.

    Cons

    Massive budget cuts equals to a bad working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not have enough insight to provide advice to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working as a Sessional Lecturer and Convenor in AGSE

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

    Pros

    Tried 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

    Cons

    Narrow 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 ManagementAdvice

    listen 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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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