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Updated April 21, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Left with nothing that you can use in the 'real world'"

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

    Pros

    Above average wages
    Good maternity leave if you get to utilise it
    35 hr week
    5 weeks annual leave

    Cons

    Bullying not dealt with
    Poor HR policies
    Lack of business acumen or sense of work urgency
    Boys club
    Poor behaviour gets rewarded
    Lack of staff development
    All skills are university specific so when you try to enter the 'real world' you have nothing that the 'real world' values
    Non-supportive environment
    Lack of opportunities at top end
    Archaic systems
    Poor communication - lots of people researching same thing
    Everyone dislikes the VC
    Lots of employees are useless at what they do but get away with poor performance whilst the rest of carry them.

    Advice to Management

    Reward staff
    Thank staff


  2. "Researcher, Kolling Institute"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    New building. Good FACS and histology equipment. Great animal house. Close to the station and soccer field. Great weather all year round.

    Cons

    Absence of communication between CEO/director and staff. Highly bureaucratized and inefficient management. Pretty boring atmosphere, not stimulating for research. Not many charismatic leaders. Departments are too disparate and not much knowledge and skills are shared between them. Core facilities with equipment are not staffed and the equipment is pretty old by now.

    Advice to Management

    Need to think about more efficient ways to help researchers to place orders and other household duties.


  3. "Terrible culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Support Staff in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Support Staff in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work, research academics are passionate, few of the support staff are great and will go above and beyond to help you out.

    Cons

    Support staff believe they run the place. A lot of politics and power play. Majority of support staff have very little education or up to date knowledge only concerned with protecting their patch

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture. Reward the stars. Don't let the old guard stuff around with bright young sparks or they will leave.


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  5. "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good staff, good facility, friendly

    Cons

    Challenging, Work load, Competition

    Advice to Management

    Struggle


  6. "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


  7. "salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good review structure for early starters

    Cons

    nothing specific but should be good

    Advice to Management

    good work


  8. "Mixed experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, nice campus. The students there are still going to include some seriously bright kids as Australians like to stay in the same city. Thus, even in areas where Sydney is marginal you will still get some smart students through.

    Cons

    Surprisingly hierarchical behavior from aging baby boomer faculty who were teleported to the top of the heap. Pretty eye-rolling to have faculty that managed to get promoted to Ass. Pro. or higher with hardly any publications (or in some cases no PhD for the bulk of their career) to be cracking the whip now for junior faculty.


  9. "Much to be desired"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice location, lots of sick days and leave

    Cons

    Impossible to get a permanent research position


  10. Helpful (1)

    "beautiful campus, but often isolating"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fairly good wages, depending on the department and supervisor you can work flexibly, Christmas shutdown

    Cons

    It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive

    Advice to Management

    Stop sacking people for arbitrary reasons, there is no sense of trust or belonging.


  11. "Your Mileage May Vary"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    USyd is generally well-respected within Australia and certain overseas locales.
    One able and willing administrative staff member can probably solve whatever issues you have.
    If you have an opportunity and the means by which to enjoy it, Sydney is a fun city.

    Cons

    Your student experience and employability depends almost exclusively on your relationship with your supervisor.
    There are very few constructs in which supervisor-student conflicts can be resolved.
    Supervisors are not in any way obligated to financially support your research or presentation of your results.
    Unless you're a prolific publisher, your 3.5 year PhD will not make you competitive for international fellowships.
    There were more infrastructure problems here than I've ever seen elsewhere: prevalent power and internet failures, web proxy snafus, and the like.

    Advice to Management

    The APA-level stipend is laughably low; provide top-ups for accepted students. Do not allow faculty to take-on students they clearly cannot or will not support financially and intellectually. Allow students the opportunity to create a thesis committee, so that one faculty member's (often strong and loudly vocalised) opinion does not dominate the direction of research or disagreements.


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