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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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  1. "Australia University, Malaysian work culture"

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

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak full-time

    Pros

    Offers one of the best salary

    Cons

    An efficient, good and knowledgeable employee tends to be overloaded with tasks


  2. "Politics + Difficult career progression + Lousy management"

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    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Situated in a peaceful city.
     - Great facilities (at the cost of expensive study fee)

    Cons

    - Have to fork out extra money for carpark (in addition to the stellar high study fee)
    - It is very political (with gossips and internal dis-unity)
    - Arrogant lecturers (some lecturers can't even be consulted in office! - always missing due to handling personal stuff, AND what can of lecturer look down upon his/her students? Answer: an overpaid employee!)
    - Lousy lecturers (the new ones can't even speak English properly!)
    - Lousy management (for not knowing the standards and absurdity of their own lecturers)
    - Strictly a FOR-profit corrupted organisation (Don't come here for the exuberant fee! You will have to pay off the loan for the next 15 years of your life. Instead, go to am affordable one - no need to pay high fees = bigger savings in the future = use that money for investment)
    - Difficult career progression..enough said (no opportunity to go higher)
    - Lots of 'empty shell' lecturers - what i mean is that the lecturers are all talk no technical expertise. (Go ask them a difficult question, and they go around in a roundabout way, showing off how knowledgeable they are....without answering your question by the end of the day).
    - Again, fellow lecturers should not undermine students (motivate them instead, you are in the education industry for Christ sake! Where is the passion?)

    Advice to Management

    You are in the education industry, act like one (instead of slapping high study fee to students). AND the current lecturers are mostly (highly overpaid) empty shells. I cannot work with people who belittle their own students!


  3. "Great Place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. great benefits that covers whole family
    2. great working environment
    3. flexi working hours (academics)

    Cons

    1. Bonus is not contractual and depending on company performance
    2. very hard to get career advancement


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  5. "Excellent working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people working with you, under you and the ones you work for are all very nice people, its a very energetic and lively environment and you don't feel threatened in the least.

    Cons

    Salary is fairly low, sometimes you have far too much work, the hours are some times unkind.

    Advice to Management

    Consider having some of the supervisors take mentoring classes, they often leave the new workers alone without aiding or advising in any way.


  6. "Swinburne life is full of adventure."

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    Current Employee - Student in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Student in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is in a very natural place. The city is not hectic. people there are sober and friendly. Weather is superb and lifestyle is very much flexible. Nature is the best attraction.

    Cons

    The city is a bit small in size. Except nature therr are that much of fun. Its not the capital so number of people living there are less.


  7. "Lot of learning in various fields, good for academics. But, not recommended to work here more than 3 - 4 years."

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice support for attending conferences of international level, possibility of receiving research grants from the university and to be involved in some limited staff development activities.

    Cons

    Very limited staff development, high teaching load and lacks a high level of academic freedom enjoyed by academics in other universities.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to know what is happening in each School or university. Relying on only heads of the departments may not provide the real scenario/situation existing.