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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. "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
  2. "World class research organisation"

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    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
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance Interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    CSIRO is currently favouring processes over people.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-26
  4. "A fun time filled with learning"

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    Former Intern - Student Vacationer 
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    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a positive experience with CSIRO, and was exposed to a wealth of projects and technologies. For a student, this was a great learning experience with a organisation focused on the innovation and science (mostly, commercialisation is always a question but more of matter of keeping CSIRO sustainable from my view).

    Cons

    My social environment was insular and I didn't interact with many other employees on a day to day basis outsidr of work related meetings.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-03-13
  5. "CSIRO - Science"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Brisbane

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

    Pros

    CSIRO was a great multi-disciplinary place to work. There was a free flow of ideas and sharing across projects

    Cons

    Sometimes Line Supervisors can be busy across other projects.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2017-09-07
  6. "Terrific people to work with in a difficult industry."

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    Former Employee - Communications Advisor in North Ryde
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is work that inspires you. A place where you know the work being done by the incredible scientists and support staff make a tangible difference to the world around us. There are so many different aspects of the organisation, that there is bound to be a role that inspires you. Everyone I met, had the best intentions and honestly believed in the work the CSIRO did.

    Cons

    The CSIRO is going through a difficult transition, which means lots of changes. Being a government entity also has its own set of challenges. Externally, no one knows about the CSIRO and that can prove to be a challenge when so many people want to work for Google or Apple.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck, Australia needs you to get this transition right.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-10-03
  7. "Love Working Here"

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Great people, exciting science, opportunity for travel and advancement. There are so many reasons for choosing CSIRO as your employer.

    Cons

    Can be caught up in paperwork, but this is easily overlooked when you consider the caliber of people and work that surrounds you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a place that is open and accepting of change. Understand the dynamic world we live in is changing constantly.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-09-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, salary and flexibility"

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    Administration 
    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Great people the salary is above average, flexibility is fantastic. Brilliant research. Professional development encouraged. Opportunities given to up skill.

    Cons

    Lack of job security given the past few years of budget cuts. CEO is completely out of touch with staff and the research that underpins CSIRO.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-06-13
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely weak management and poor work ethic throughout organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to those looking for an easy life. Turning up to work is optional for most low-level employees - making attendance compulsory would be considered bullying by many of those with a public-sector mentality.

    Cons

    Extremely weak management. CEO does not seem to under value of public-good science, has no PR skills, and is taking CSIRO in a terminal direction. Research directors, group leaders, and team leaders range in competency but have very little true power. Some line managers have extremely low work ethic and little understanding of what makes good science or management. Many research scientists and technicians utterly... incompetent despite working there for 20+ years.

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    Advice to Management

    CSIRO needs a huge clearout of its numerous underperforming staff from top-down. The scientific and industrial research being done at CSIRO would be much more cutting-edge if they replaced the numerous lazy, incompetent staff with those who want to achieve great things. Slashing entire programs of clear public-good value, for example climate change, is not the way to make the organisation perform better. CSIRO needs... to continue to balance fundamental science, translational science, and industrial application. But only with better staff and management will CSIRO be of good value to Australia.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-04-24
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Current leadership is very business-focused"

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist 
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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, opportunity to do work that matters and large-scale interdisciplinary work, surrounded by intelligent, motivated people. Good training, development and promotion opportunities. Challenging and interesting work. Australians value CSIRO and CSIRO scientists.

    Cons

    Current CEO doesn't seem to see the point of public good research such as social and environmental research -- focused only on science that will generate income for industry. Promotion goalposts shift depending on current leadership (sometimes it's publish or perish, sometimes publications are worth little). Frequent rounds of redundancies over the past few years. Limited opportunities to work with research students.... Salary scales haven't increased since 2013.

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    Advice to Management

    Show your staff you value their science. Offer appropriate salary increases in line with the universities, recognise the value of public good research and multiple paths to impact.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2016-02-24
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