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  1. "Wasted potential"

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

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time

    Pros

    Work with very talented engineers. Good salary.

    Cons

    * Continual down sizing has destroyed the culture
    * Motivation is low for many
    * Parent company very difficult to work with


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good company, but can be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A bunch of great colleagues and interesting projects

    Cons

    lack of opportunities for bold ideas

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is conservative

  3. "Interesting but slow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CiSRA full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of bright people who work there and the engineers and researchers are very supportive of each other and cooperate well together.

    Cons

    Everything seems to move slowly and the pace of development is sluggish. There is a huge disconnect between work done and product being released. A lot of the work does not enhance employability in the current market.


  4. "User Experience Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on new technologies and helping shape their direction

    Cons

    Multiple rounds of redundancies caused extremely low morale
    Lack of culture outside of direct team


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Macquarie (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Macquarie (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance. Strong image processing / Computer vision expertise. In the past, you also learn hardware stuff not so much now.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive compare to other large IT companies. Career path is not clear, Management is too patent creation focused instead of technology creation focused.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating good technologies, consolidate resources into fewer projects, and do well in those projects. Clarify career path, especially for software engineers.


  6. "Good place to work"

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

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some intelligent people, work on new technologies

    Cons

    Talent not recognised. Negative work culture. A LOT of gossiping.

    Advice to Management

    Care for your employees and encourage a positive culture


  7. "Sadly declining"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Interesting projects
    Only expected to work your hours

    Cons

    Incredibly risk averse
    Secretive to the point where you don't have the information to do your job
    Public service mentality

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, we're all in it together!
    Promote skilled people rather than block them due to bullet points

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great and stable environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment, colleagues, area, benefits, activities

    Cons

    Low salary, too much management interfere

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Was a joy to work at until the executive rot set in post-GFC."

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    Current Employee - Manager in North Ryde (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in North Ryde (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CiSRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * World-class researchers and engineers from whom you will learn an enormous amount.
    * Friendly project teams, passionate about their subject and willing to help.
    * A "nothing is too hard" approach to problem solving and project deadlines.
    * Peerless academic credentials in Australia.

    Cons

    * Much of the executive is bereft of strategic management experience and this mediocrity breeds distrust and dysfunction.
    * A toxic culture of fear permeates much of the middle-ranking managers.
    * The legal department, once regarded as trusted resource to navigate a difficult IP landscape, is now often viewed as an willing agent for the incompetent whims of the executive.

    Advice to Management

    * A couple of you should leave now before it's too late for the rest of us.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CiSRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    OK place for a career start
    Still some smart and good people there to learn from
    Good location, easy to access by public transport

    Cons

    Very poor top management
    Too much politics
    People scared to express themselves
    Lots of red tape with Canon Inc.
    Too many employees including managers are left and leaving - not a good sign.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics and politicians at the top, more honest managers


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