University of Sydney Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

University of Sydney Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
18 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson
Belinda Hutchinson
2 Ratings

18 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. "Research Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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. "Marketing Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor

    Pros

    It is a great place to work

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Library - Micromanagement to the extreme"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?)


  4. "Preoccupation with buildings and prestige"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Formidable reputation
    Ridiculous salary and conditions for the majority of staff

    Cons

    Politics
    Disfuntional management
    It is a rich kids club

    Advice to Management

    Focus on low SES students, ditch the entitled culture and stop building monuments to yourself


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ambitious applicants stay away"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "View from the middle."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Enormous Workload"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Lack of effort all around"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Bureacracy"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Researcher"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


Showing 18 of 227 reviews
Reset Filters