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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Reviews

Updated Oct 10, 2019

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3.8
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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation CEO Dr. Larry Marshall (no image)
Dr. Larry Marshall
66 Ratings
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  • "CSIRO is currently favouring processes over people(in 13 reviews)

  • "The senior management team is uninspiring, and seem to live in a different world from the people actually producing outcomes(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great for career development"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lucas Heights, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great for providing junior employees with the opportunity to prove themselves and take on additional responsibilities Really great colleagues Great place to learn from some absolute technical experts

    Cons

    Additional responsibility not formally recognised after a sustained period (year and a half) Pay a little low

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-09-20
  2. "World class research organisation"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Truly multidisciplinary research, at scale, and at the cutting edge. Very flexible in terms of leave and leave without pay etc, but bizarrely picky about working from home.

    Cons

    There is an amazingly efficient rumour mill at CSIRO. If only communication from senior levels down could work as well.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of managing change and reorganisations.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-09-13
  3. "World class research organisation"

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    Recommends

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    CSIRO is capable of multidisciplinary research at scale, more so than university organisations, though that may change in the future.

    Cons

    There is a portion (not dominant but also not negligible) of staff who have peaked in their careers who are no longer engaged in research as actively as they are engaged in bemoaning change in CSIROs processes and structure.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-09-06
  4. "Funding cycles inhibit science innovation"

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    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Working with many talented scientists, and good support from immediate managers.

    Cons

    Lack of job security due to funding cuts.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-03-11
  5. "Excellent work flexibility and work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time

    Pros

    They offer great work flexibility in terms of hours, part time work, job sharing, types of leave etc, and work/life balance and self improvement through internal courses. This is all dependent on your seniors, however. If you have a supportive manager then you will find it a great place to work in terms of work/life balance and promotion.

    Cons

    Too much change in terms of structure, reporting line, management and project/portfolios and flagships. This uncertainty impacts on morale and makes it hard to achieve or focus on ever-changing goals and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and open.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2014-03-30
  6. "Awesome, fun place to work. Great conditions. Salary a bit low if you're a high-achiever."

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Sydney

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Variety in work, relaxed work-place, great working conditions.

    Cons

    Salary isn't competitive if you're a high achiever, particularly for engineering disciplines. Promotion and opportunities flatten out and slow-down considerably as you reach CSOF6. Salary is set nation-wide - disadvantage if you're in Sydney or Melbourne (higher living costs). Great for cheap cities (Hobart, Darwin).

    Advice to Management

    Pay your engineers more, you're losing the best to other companies. You'll be left with those who are comfortable doing the basic requirements, and those hanging on for retirement.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-09-12
  7. "If you want pure research, it is a good place to be"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can have great work life balance.

    Cons

    You should be ready to handle something you are not familiar with.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-09-09
  8. "Woeful"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    HR staff enjoy good salaries.

    Cons

    I have seen compelling evidence that this organisation is corrupt. Promise a lot; deliver little.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting taxpayers' money on interstate toga parties while scientists are told that there is no money for travel.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-10-11
  9. "Good organization to work for but, has its issues."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The work is great. Interesting and varied. Great people to work alongside. Highly educated, professional work force. Flexible work arrangements. Diversity is actively encouraged. Great IT infrastructure.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical culture. Tendency for management to avoid responsibility and to shift blame onto staff. Subject to Australian Public Service rules, including arbitrary caps on employee numbers and restrictions on Enterprise Agreement negotiations. More focused on adhering to government policy than meeting customer expectations. Engineering and technical expertise not valued.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-09-17
  10. "Great impact driven company"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sydney
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are very nice, flexible work hours, great purpose!

    Cons

    There is bureaucracy and inefficient processes

    Advice to Management

    If management reduced inefficient process, had faster & greater transparency of decision making this would lead to better staff satisfaction

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-08-31
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