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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance and flexibility as well (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people the salary is above average, flexibility is fantastic (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Some management and staff are displaying odd behavior prompted by fear and uncertainty about job security (in 4 reviews)

  • Chances of proportion seem to be highly linked to office politics (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "World class research organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. "World class research organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    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.


  3. "Funding cycles inhibit science innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of job security due to funding cuts.


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  5. "Excellent work flexibility and work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hobart (Australia)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hobart (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not under lots of stress. Can choose from doing research or doing engineering. Friendly colleagues. Easy to cooperate with experts from complete different fields.

    Cons

    Not at its best time. Always restructuring, group and team changed a lot. And with the risk of redundancy, but eventually works well.

    Advice to Management

    Should give group and team more control of the resources to support them to purse what they think is interesting.


  7. "Research Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Encourage the innovation, interesting ideas.
    Good corporations with industries.
    Good bridge between research and industries.

    Cons

    Work / Life balance is not good.
    The manager should look after the team culture building and management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to culture.
    Fewer politics.
    Good vision.


  8. "Summer Research Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place, and friendly people. Guidance at every step.

    Cons

    A very congested conference room.


  9. "Summer Vacation Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The supervisors offer excellent mentoring and support and there is quite a lot of freedom given to you to work on your own project in the way you want

    Cons

    Some projects were not very well defined in terms of the outcome expected to be achieved by the end of the summer program


  10. "Good place, good people"

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    Former Employee - Vacation Student in Hobart (Australia)
    Former Employee - Vacation Student in Hobart (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People at work are organised, professional and very experienced. They encourage frequent work breaks and have very supportive staff.

    Cons

    None observed, good place overall but experience may vary for full time staff/researchers.


  11. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Support Services in Carlton North (Australia)
    Current Employee - Support Services in Carlton North (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent researchers working on great leading edge technology with local and international collaborators. Good work life balance and flexibility as well

    Cons

    Continual restructuring and a tendency for trying to achieve quick wins rather than pursue a longer term sustainable strategy. Limited career progression

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring



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