University of Sydney Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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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. Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!


  2. Good place for technical staff.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Enormous Workload

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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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  5. High Research Standards

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    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.


  6. Jack of all trades

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is high in comparison for what you get. Lots of casual opportunities.

    Cons

    No sense of permanence due to constant budget cuts. rigid bureaucratic structure.


  7. Bureacracy

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. I don't know what is required here.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Camperdown (Australia)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Camperdown (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great environment, both the people where I work and the surrounds, working in Education, i.e. something useful.

    Cons

    Have to think about this one and get back to you.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your greatest resource - your staff.


  9. Casual full-time teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, generally egalitarian workplace, very little micromanagement, high hourly rate

    Cons

    Casual contract, no sick days, no holiday pay


  10. Review from a 4-year casual research assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have worked as a research assistant at USyd for nearly four years. My rate of pay is extremely good - it is much higher compared to other universities. I am also very satisfied with my working conditions - I have my own office, desk and computer. I like the fact that the uni gives me things like a free flu vaccination each year.

    Cons

    One thing I would have liked more when I first started was a better introduction into the HR procedures of working here. For instance, I was not shown how to log onto My HR or indeed how to do things like claiming pay using the online timesheets. Whether this is the fault of the department that I work for or the uni as a whole, I'm not sure. But I know this has been an issue for many other research assistants who work in the department (psychology). Though, I have noticed that over the years, more resources have been put into making this easier - like you guys seem to have videos online now showing how to submit casual timesheets etc. Perhaps it might just be good to remind employers (like the academics) to direct their employees (i.e. their research assistants) to the website so they can access this information more easily (I had to find it myself).

    Advice to Management

    See cons. Generally I am very satisfied with working here.


  11. 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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