University of Sydney
3.7 of 5 48 reviews
www.usyd.edu.au Sydney, Australia

University of Sydney Reviews in Australia

Updated Jun 30, 2014
University of Sydney – Australia – “Open plan offices in the School of IT”

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    Best time of your life

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsIf you want to be doing what you are passionate about, do a PhD at Usyd. Top notch research in my opinion.

    ConsSupervisors can be a bit difficult to deal with. Choose well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    beautiful campus, but often isolating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsFairly good wages, depending on the department and supervisor you can work flexibly, Christmas shutdown

    ConsIt is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop sacking people for arbitrary reasons, there is no sense of trust or belonging.

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

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    A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsLots of smart people to commune with; bright and knowledgeable staff; excellent facilities and continual expansion. As a physics PhD Student, I found that having all of the different research groups in close proximity meant that there was often interesting interdisciplinary research talks.

    ConsSometimes I have the feeling that Sydney University rests on its laurels a bit due to its reputation; which can make them seem a little haughty. In my visits to other universities, I have found them to feel much more welcoming.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities if you can make it work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsStimulating work, great levels of freedom.

    ConsRemuneration is less than in comparable industry positions, and with heavy-weight bureaucracy. Many junior positions are casual (as is the case in academia). The cumulative effect is that they lose good people, and hence commercialisation opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurn from a "how can't we make this work" organisation into a "how can we make this work" organisation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fairly good education received

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    Prosstudents are pretty vibrant,
    most research stuff are pretty good in their own field and are responsible
    most lectures has been well prepared

    Conshas an easy attitude on selecting tutors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked there part time while I did my PhD. Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world

    ConsIn university, you need to pursue a research life. Otherwise, it is very hard to have an improve in career.

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    Much like other universities

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsSolid university with a good reputation

    ConsIf you're not in one of their traditional areas of focus (e.g. law) you may find that the services and support is a bit rubbish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has a tendency to centralise decision making and then ignore staff and students

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

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    Fun well-paying casual jobs for students

    Student Ambassador (Former Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    Pros- great casual pay rates
    - fun and interesting co-workers
    - opportunities for full-time positions
    - great experience for a CV

    Cons- work can be repetitive (eg logistics prep for but that should be apparent from the job description and interview process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exam supervisor

    Invigilator (Former Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsReasonable rates. Respectful of staff. Beautiful environs.

    ConsShift assignment can be a bit ad hoc - no one wants to work 2 hrs have a 3 hr break and then work another 2hrs but this really doesn't happen all that often.
    A rare few supervisors expect you to turn up 15 minutes early to set up=I just turned up at the time I was told to on my roster and ensured that my section was still set up effectively before the start of the exam - I don't need 15 minutes extra and if I am not getting paid for it I won't be showing up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak up the few remaining fiefdoms every so often.
    Get rid of the insufficient desk dividers used in multiple choice exams or issue staggered exam papers for multiple choice so that copying is not advantageous for candidates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good. A lot of change, and the Unions bully people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    Prosambitious to do better, clever people and a nice location

    ConsA lot of change in PSU's and people aren't always equipped to adapt. The Unions are dreadful, not clever and hold non-union staff to ransom. University Senate is full of arrogance and people who can't get past their factionalism. Very depressing to see some of the Senate behaviours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReform Senate. Please!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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