University of Sydney Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Left with nothing that you can use in the 'real world'

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bullying 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 Management

    Reward staff
    Thank staff


  2. Bureacracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Hours
    - Work life balance

    Cons

    - Innovation is stifled by red tape


  3. An old institution that lost its way.

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    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An old university with a lot of history.

    Cons

    Lost its academic values and moved into the corporate world. It is failing at both.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to becoming a university.


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  5. academic

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    Former Employee - Academic
    Former Employee - Academic

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good research environment
    some dedicated teaching staff in business

    Cons

    international students in business who did not speak english adequate to study
    management more interested in the pot of gold from international students than standards of academic excellence
    lowest common denominator for passing

    Advice to Management

    look at the opportunity costs to reputation vs acceptance of international students without adequate English fluency
    consider staff loads for teaching given poor English in business and low morale sue to dropping standards and reputation for study of undergraduate and Masters in Accountancy students


  6. Your Mileage May Vary

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    USyd is generally well-respected within Australia and certain overseas locales.
    One able and willing administrative staff member can probably solve whatever issues you have.
    If you have an opportunity and the means by which to enjoy it, Sydney is a fun city.

    Cons

    Your student experience and employability depends almost exclusively on your relationship with your supervisor.
    There are very few constructs in which supervisor-student conflicts can be resolved.
    Supervisors are not in any way obligated to financially support your research or presentation of your results.
    Unless you're a prolific publisher, your 3.5 year PhD will not make you competitive for international fellowships.
    There were more infrastructure problems here than I've ever seen elsewhere: prevalent power and internet failures, web proxy snafus, and the like.

    Advice to Management

    The APA-level stipend is laughably low; provide top-ups for accepted students. Do not allow faculty to take-on students they clearly cannot or will not support financially and intellectually. Allow students the opportunity to create a thesis committee, so that one faculty member's (often strong and loudly vocalised) opinion does not dominate the direction of research or disagreements.


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    beautiful campus, but often isolating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop sacking people for arbitrary reasons, there is no sense of trust or belonging.


  8. Research Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Pros

    Access to large network of academics

    Cons

    Minimal training. Poor staff management and facilities

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Much to be desired

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice location, lots of sick days and leave

    Cons

    Impossible to get a permanent research position


  10. Mixed experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Surprisingly 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.


  11. salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good review structure for early starters

    Cons

    nothing specific but should be good

    Advice to Management

    good work



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