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University of Sydney Australia Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work with smart people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with brilliant colleagues who are generally at the top of the class, as those are the students that get to be tutors.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Should academics run businesses?"

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    Current Employee - Faculty Staff in Camperdown (Australia)
    Current Employee - Faculty Staff in Camperdown (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organisation
    Education & research for bettering society
    Flexible work hours
    Inspirational students & academics
    Diverse staff and opportunities for career changes

    Cons

    Executive leadership
    Arrogance
    Salaries (compared to other sectors)
    Poor business decisions fuelled by academic arrogance and not business acumen

    Advice to Management

    All universities need a CEO or similar with equal power to the VC driving the business and let the VC and academics focus on research

  3. "Very good"

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice boss~Supportive environment~Working hours 9:00 am -5:00pm very good work-life balance~Salary is relatively good.I strong recommend those people who want to enjoy an easy life to work in University

    Cons

    Future career development opportunities are not clear.
    Not many young people. A lot of colleagues are already in their 40s or even 50s


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Library - Micromanagement to the extreme"

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    Current Employee - library lackey in Camperdown (Australia)
    Current Employee - library lackey in Camperdown (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great fellow staff members (who suffer with you)
    Variety of work that can be interesting

    Cons

    Managers don't stick up for you, they allow misbehavior from specific people because they are on Equal Employment Opportunities, or they think the person is to hard to deal with. Instead they pick on people who take the criticism as a way to ensure they have a purpose in their current position.
    Micromanagement to the extreme, and a focus on authoritarian leadership that focuses on 'Do as I say' and does not involve negotiation for small issues.
    They actively encourage you to stay in your current role (including asking you to not apply for secondments) and try everything possible to hire more externals.. then wonder why current staff members leave to other departments within the university.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and bringing in new crap for the sake of new crap.
    The new flextime may work well for corporate, but for shift workers it absolutely is not flexible and cause some people to work unrecorded hours. (That's exactly what you wanted, right?)


  5. "Tutoring ideal job for a current student"

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    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Sydney part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great pay for tutors
    - Very flexible as class times can be worked around other work or study commitments

    Cons

    - Sometimes given bad/inconvenient class times.

    Advice to Management

    - Give experienced tutors greater preference over class times.


  6. "Good salary but bad bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Camperdown (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Camperdown (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and flexibility
    Access to transport depends on what part of campus you are on

    Cons

    Limited career options for non-academic staff
    Internal processes slow
    Unit admin not responsive

    Advice to Management

    Sort out your support services


  7. Helpful (2)

    "academic roles"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    salary and benefits for continuing staff

    Cons

    internal toxic politics and job insecurity

    Advice to Management

    take better care of staff

  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Camp Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Camp Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Structured programs
    - Benefits
    - Health and Fitness

    Cons

    Limited parking on site, free parking for employees would be beneficial


  9. "Decent experience, recommend to others"

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    Former Contractor - University Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - University Tutor in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management team is good, spend a good time as a casual tutor

    Cons

    Tutoring hourly rate for engineering faculty is not very competitive


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid if you value your integrity"

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    Former Employee - PR & Communications Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - PR & Communications Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice physical environment
    Proximity to shops, cafes and the CBD

    Cons

    This place thrives on nepotism, and if you're not in with the right people then you're not going to have a good time. If you do drink the cool aide then make sure you align yourself with the right people.
    The University of Sydney takes the worst attributes of the public service and the corporate world and combines them into a truly awful entity. It's an organisation that tacitly condones unconscionable behaviour, both through it's unwillingness to deal with its residential colleges (and the hazing, sexual harassment, obnoxious sense of entitlement that they continue to represent), and through the empowerment of a management team whose petty power struggles result in a tolerance of a habitual bullying and harassment of other staff from within their ranks, and self-serving decision making which would see them summarily dismissed in an organisation that actually held them accountable. Management use policy and procedure to justify preordained decisions rather than to guide the decision making process, despite claiming the moral high ground on integrity.
    This is also an organisation that rests on its reputation, gladly patting itself on the back over former glories but failing to notice the changing world around it - any true innovation, leadership or creativity, at least on the professional services side, has long since left the building, and is now provided by consultants, while on the academic side standards continue to slide in order to court international fee paying students and the dollars they bring.

    Advice to Management

    Either start living the values you claim you stand for by holding management and the colleges accountable for their behaviour or stop pretending you're a force for good.
    Actually start enforcing your policies, not just paying lip service to them.
    Shift your focus from the continuing desperate pursuit of international reputation and return to the long forgotten values of academic integrity


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