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Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working environment and nice people (in 4 reviews)

  • The professors are world class but not as busy as they are in the northern hemisphere, so you might actually get some collaboration going (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Many under performing yet tolerated staff, little room for career progression, slow-paced unchanging environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Expertise of professional staff not valued (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great RA job"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends

    Pros

    good payment, supervisors and co-workers are friendly and supportive

    Cons

    the facilities in the lab should probably be updated (they may have done it now)


  2. "PHD student at Research School"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Australian National University full-time

    Pros

    Best in the country.
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Could be more oversight of students to ensure they are on track for completion in a reasonable period of time. Choose your supervisor wisely!


  3. "Fun working environment in ANU"

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

    Pros

    I was in ANU for undergrad engineering, and took the Facilities & Services for internship. My supervisor was Ben Crossling and he was a very friendly person - open for discussion from minuet technical details to visionary discussions. I remember asking him about how about cybernization on human brains and he gave me a book published around 1970 which already envisioned futuristics concepts, like the ones in Matrix. The other cohorts are very helpful and they are always ready to help.

    Cons

    I have heard a number of things about the management as well as the salary, however, I was not a paid intern, nor had I stayed long enough to provide insightful comments.

    Advice to Management

    The management was somewhat loose - which provides a lot of freedom (which I did take upon and created a short project on improving a system interface problem). However, there is minimal training for the internship.


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  5. "Great place to work and do research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    friendly people, good access to research facilities, awesome social events, healthy work place

    Cons

    Not many career opportunities and if you are in research its really hard to get a permanent position or have long term contract as the funding may not continue.


  6. "Great working conditions!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Officer (Engineering) in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Technical Officer (Engineering) in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The superannuation scheme is generous. The working conditions are top notch and the work can be highly varied and interesting.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't as good as they could be and technical skill doesn't seem to be valued any more as the career progression path only seems to point to management.


  7. "Sessional Staff"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Canberra (Australia)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Canberra (Australia)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent working conditions

    Cons

    Contracts often late and hastily put together. Pay sheet scheme is primitive

    Advice to Management

    Treat sessional staff as valuable members rather than opportunities to exploit


  8. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility prestige personal development good boss

    Cons

    I cant really think of anything except the lack of job security among academics

    Advice to Management

    Think of a way to create some sense of job security among academics


  9. "ANU Academic v Professional staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements possible. Very supportive of academic activities.

    Cons

    Poor career opportunities for professional staff. Expertise of professional staff not valued. Under resourced.

    Advice to Management

    Professional staff bring skills that help you achieve your goals. Value and support them.


  10. "Amazing benefits"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Communications in Canberra (Australia)

    I have been working at Australian National University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the ANU allows you to work across fields easily and move positions whenever suits you. Salary is incredible.

    Cons

    Departments form cliques quite easily and the work can be a bit dry,

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. "Great Research Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Canberra (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Canberra (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Australian National University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Canberra is one of the most livable cities in the world. The ANU has a growing number of students, many internationals.

    Cons

    A bit isolated from the rest of the world.



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