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  • The workload for academic staff is unbalanced (in 3 reviews)

  • Slow to change processes and innovate (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ambitious applicants stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High salary, flexible hours, low demands - ideal if career is not your highest priority.

    Cons

    Very political, bureaucratic, slow-moving, and support structure (HR & IT) leave a lot to ask for. Virtually no opportunities for career development. If you like challenges, you will find working here very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in operations, talent management and retention - plan for quality service, otherwise the reputation of the University will be tarnished on the long term.


  3. "View from the middle."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Academic freedom is still alive and well at usyd.

    Cons

    Space to exercise academic freedom being squeezed. recent staff survey damning wrt gender bias. Several large organisational restructures in the past 4 years (to continue for the next 3) will continue to take the toll on staff.


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    "Enormous Workload"

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

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

    Pros

    My colleagues.
    The students.
    Teaching students things I feel passionate about.

    Cons

    Overwhelming and unhealthy workloads.
    Neoliberal policies enforced via several tiers of management.
    Lack of work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Genuinely reduce workloads. The university cannot make the government fund universities adequately but overloading academics is unfair - make cuts in non-core areas like marketing.


  6. "Lack of effort all around"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Intern - Anonymous in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Sydney as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location, Location,Location, Nice coworkers, very laidback

    Cons

    lazy coworkers, no advancement oppurtunities

    Advice to Management

    Try a little more please


  7. "Bureacracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Hours
    - Work life balance

    Cons

    - Innovation is stifled by red tape


  8. "Researcher"

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    Current Contractor - Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked in a good group which was almost perfectly free of any unwanted you know what.

    Cons

    Everything that has to do with anything outside your research becomes an awful lot of very broken bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Why are there so many managers??? When you can answer this question you should list what their responsibilities are. After that you should review your structure.


  9. "An old institution that lost its way."

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    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer/Research Scientist in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    An old university with a lot of history.

    Cons

    Lost its academic values and moved into the corporate world. It is failing at both.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to becoming a university.


  10. "academic"

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    Former Employee - Academic
    Former Employee - Academic
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good research environment
    some dedicated teaching staff in business

    Cons

    international students in business who did not speak english adequate to study
    management more interested in the pot of gold from international students than standards of academic excellence
    lowest common denominator for passing

    Advice to Management

    look at the opportunity costs to reputation vs acceptance of international students without adequate English fluency
    consider staff loads for teaching given poor English in business and low morale sue to dropping standards and reputation for study of undergraduate and Masters in Accountancy students


  11. "Lack of strategic planning and care"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice area to work in, Newtown is surrounded by great places to eat.

    Cons

    The PMO in IT is run very poorly at the moment. They are trying to improve it however at every level of the organization there is lack of strategic vision, planning and guidance. Everyone does what they feel like. Every couple of years they move people around but don't change the culture.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be strategic and probably firw yourselves or change yourself!


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