University of Sydney Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson
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Pros
  • Compensation and benefits provided are relatively good and you can enjoy a good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive (in 2 reviews)

  • The Unions are dreadful, not clever and hold non-union staff to ransom (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work if you want work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; reasonable compensation; great super of 17%; with 10,000 employees there are limitless resources at your fingertips.

    Cons

    Too much red tape and bureaucracy - if you have an idea or vision it is incredibly hard to make progress through all the levels of approval and policies. Everyone is always 'too busy' which makes it hard to set meetings and thus projects take a very long time. The professional service units and the faculties all operate as their own organisation each with their own goals and agenda's. This is fine, but a holistic university strategic vision needs to filter its way down from the top so that employees in service units and faculties are aware of the 'bigger picture' and can instil a culture and strategy accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Think more broadly regarding ALL aspects of the university so that the university can move forward as one unit. Get the PSU's and faculties collaborating more so that there is less cross over of responsibilities and more common knowledge so that everyone is on the same page and is working towards a common goal.


  2. Research Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Access to large network of academics

    Cons

    Minimal training. Poor staff management and facilities

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Many benefits

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    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Current Employee - Research Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, superannuation, opportunity to progress and study

    Cons

    Feel isolated working in research, despite working in a building meant for collaboration


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  5. Student ambassador

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work if you are also studying at the university, get involved in Uni activities while being paid to do so!

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be sporadic, so best not to rely on it as your main source and only use for beer money.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recruiting students to do the work, they are your greatest assess and advocates to the outside community!


  6. Admin Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administration Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Administration Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment, friendly people, always encourage training for staff members which I found brilliant

    Cons

    Being made redundant after 22.5 years was very hard for me. Life outside the Uni just has not been the same for me

    Advice to Management

    Look at structures within the Uni to try and keep long standing staff members. They are the backbone.


  7. Casual Academic

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    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance here

    Cons

    Sometimes the payment is not as high as the corporate world.


  8. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    University of Sydney has many institutes with leading edge research. I was fortunate enough to be a part of it for approximately two years. I was situated initially in the Veterinary research as a full time Research Assistant (RA) in 2010 and then in the Brain and Mind Research Institute again as a RA. It was the most rewarding position as Usyd really values their employee's in terms of state of the art work environment, availability of resources for further study and very very impressive remuneration packages. The best part was that Usyd recognised your experience working for them and gave me a pay raise every year. The work life balance was amazing. I had a stable 9-5 job and I can choose to do extra hours on certain days and make them up on another day when I am not so busy. What more incentive does one want than what Usyd has offered to me. In future I would like to work for them again!

    Cons

    None at all. I dont know what it is to not like about usyd. The rich culture, history and friendliest students and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Good place for technical staff.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team working on interesting research projects.

    Cons

    You're limited to working on what gets funding. Lots of the really interesting work is done by the PhDs and research team.


  10. High Research Standards

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Faculty Resources Student standard Labs Good learning environment Effective classroom schedules Regular school seminars

    Cons

    Can't think of much, would recommend it to peers and friends. Can't think of much, would recommend it to peers and friends.


  11. Enormous Workload

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

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My colleagues. The students. Teaching students things I feel passionate about.

    Cons

    Overwhelming and unhealthy workloads. Neoliberal policies enforced via several tiers of management. Lack of work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely reduce workloads. The university cannot make the government fund universities adequately but overloading academics is unfair - make cuts in non-core areas like marketing.



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