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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2019

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Chief Executive Dr. Larry Marshall (no image)
Dr. Larry Marshall
4 Ratings
  1. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment to work

    Cons

    Nothing as much as I can remember

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-03
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Some projects are cutting edge technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting, sometimes exciting Projects, smart people

    Cons

    A lot of management getting paid high bucks, but not doing anything

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-21
  3. "Medeocre"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    Good workers Good CEO Good working equipment

    Cons

    Corrupt Company, focusing on un-important topics

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-02
  4. "Interesting work, pay could be better"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    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

    Flexible work hours Nice benefits like long service leave, parental leave Interesting projects

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be limiting Pay is better in private sector

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-02-13
  5. "Perfect workspace"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxing working style, friendly colleagues, not too much pressure

    Cons

    Easy to get lazy, salary is low

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2018-04-23
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Flexible work hours & able to take unpaid leave. Get to work with things that don't need to be sold or make money. Cutting edge projects. Minimal customer disruption. Collaborative atmosphere. Freedom of information.

    Cons

    Run by the government. Government hates us. Continual cost cutting. Retrenchments every Christmas. I feel like a contractor even though I'm a permanent employee. Run down offices. Heartless management practices.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2018-01-30
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Ashamed to have worked for CSIRO."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Turn up (or not) whenever you like. Do (or not) whatever you want, whenever you want. Relaxed and casual, no pressure, no responsibility. Generous pay and plenty of perks just for being on the books.

    Cons

    Grease trap. All the talented, ambitious people quickly pass through and leave the toxic, morose, depressing and stagnant workplace. Those who are happy to indulge in whatever work they feel like doing (or any other activity for that matter) and/or those with no ambition, drive or talent, including some with incompetence on the dangerous level stay for life (hence "grease trap"). No possibility of performance management of staff who year after year fail to complete anything (because "bullying") and no chance to get rid of actual bullies because management is weak. Projects are generally very poorly thought out and very rarely deliver anything of value, and for programmers, this results in software being built and never used, over and over again, year after year. Hit the end of potential career path very early on (within a few years). Soul destroying atmosphere with toxic office politics. Nepotism, favouritism and cronyism always sees those on the inside of the clique getting whatever they wish for and those on the outside to sweep up the crumbs.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2017-04-22
  8. "It was valuable."

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    Surrounded by extremely/talented and dedicated people. The culture is fairly relaxed as well as having a great extra-curricular program.

    Cons

    Since the Government has a huge stake in CSIRO, there are not a lot of products designed for the commercial market. This can limit you in some circumstances.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2013-03-26
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