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University of Sydney Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Career progression is slow for most (in 3 reviews)

  • The University of Sydney takes the worst attributes of the public service and the corporate world and combines them into a truly awful entity (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work if you want work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; reasonable compensation; great super of 17%; with 10,000 employees there are limitless resources at your fingertips.

    Cons

    Too much red tape and bureaucracy - if you have an idea or vision it is incredibly hard to make progress through all the levels of approval and policies. Everyone is always 'too busy' which makes it hard to set meetings and thus projects take a very long time. The professional service units and the faculties all operate as their own organisation each with their own goals and agenda's. This is fine, but a holistic university strategic vision needs to filter its way down from the top so that employees in service units and faculties are aware of the 'bigger picture' and can instil a culture and strategy accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Think more broadly regarding ALL aspects of the university so that the university can move forward as one unit. Get the PSU's and faculties collaborating more so that there is less cross over of responsibilities and more common knowledge so that everyone is on the same page and is working towards a common goal.


  2. "Fun but jock culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Sydney part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, very fun and social, very supportive of further learning and professional development

    Cons

    Jock culture and inadequate support for employees when facing harassment by clients, which happens regularly at a gym

    Advice to Management

    Provide clearer guidelines for management of harrassment for both employees and clients

  3. "Good for University Employment"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved teaching my students, helping them learn and answering their questions. School facilities OK. Could be worse.

    Cons

    Postgrad teachers get paid poorly. Work 16 hours a week, get paid for 8. Lots of bureaucracy at the top, like any university, and there is no help from them. Poor student reviews can cause you to lose your teaching position.


  4. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Access to large network of academics

    Cons

    Minimal training. Poor staff management and facilities

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay for the sector, work that is usually beneficial for society, progress is being made towards making the university modern and in line with its reputation

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement for professional staff. A culture that encourages division between academic and professional staff which is fairly common in the sector. Some unmotivated people spoil work areas through poor attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue improving


  6. "Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    Improve team work skills effectively.

    Cons

    Some mentors are not fully responsible.


  7. "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

  8. "Review for Usyd"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, starts at 9 finishes at 5

    Cons

    Takes long for things to happen here


  9. "friendly colleagues and great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    great facility, good salary, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    can not think of at the moment


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time

    Pros

    People who care about teaching and research

    Cons

    Administration is often really slow


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