University of Sydney
3.7 of 5 48 reviews
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University of Sydney Reviews

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

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    Left with nothing that you can use in the 'real world'

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAbove average wages
    Good maternity leave if you get to utilise it
    35 hr week
    5 weeks annual leave

    ConsBullying not dealt with
    Poor HR policies
    Lack of business acumen or sense of work urgency
    Boys club
    Poor behaviour gets rewarded
    Lack of staff development
    All skills are university specific so when you try to enter the 'real world' you have nothing that the 'real world' values
    Non-supportive environment
    Lack of opportunities at top end
    Archaic systems
    Poor communication - lots of people researching same thing
    Everyone dislikes the VC
    Lots of employees are useless at what they do but get away with poor performance whilst the rest of carry them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward staff
    Thank staff

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

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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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    Research Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAccess to large network of academics

    ConsMinimal training. Poor staff management and facilities

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Much to be desired

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsNice location, lots of sick days and leave

    ConsImpossible to get a permanent research position

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people, nice campus. The students there are still going to include some seriously bright kids as Australians like to stay in the same city. Thus, even in areas where Sydney is marginal you will still get some smart students through.

    ConsSurprisingly hierarchical behavior from aging baby boomer faculty who were teleported to the top of the heap. Pretty eye-rolling to have faculty that managed to get promoted to Ass. Pro. or higher with hardly any publications (or in some cases no PhD for the bulk of their career) to be cracking the whip now for junior faculty.

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

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    salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood review structure for early starters

    Consnothing specific but should be good

    Advice to Senior Managementgood work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Not bad, good academic environment and benefits, but does not stimulate development

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsGood people working here, creating a stimulating environment. Good benefits, great super contributions, good academic standards

    ConsHard to get teaching load even if willing to teach for free.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PHD at USYD

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood food supervisors and support

    ConsLots and lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop asking for PAPERWORK

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    Very bureaucratic and not very dynamic

    Level B Academic (Current Employee)
    Sydney (Australia)

    ProsThe pay is generally good for a given level. It's an attractive campus.

    ConsLittle opportunity for advancement.

    There are numerous barriers to applying for grants such as having to get permission to apply which boils down to needing to have funding already to cover the gap between the allowed pay of a grant and the university salary. If they were clever they would let any and everyone apply and set up funds to bridge that gap. (They get money for administering the grants so it wouldn't be terribly difficult to find the money for those few successful candidates)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of ITC and move away from windows as a defacto OS. Provide opportunities for early career scientists that allow interdisciplinary individuals a chance of advancement. The current system is very stogy and traditional by international standards.

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

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