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University of Western Australia Reviews

Updated May 9, 2018
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Pros
  • great flexibility in scheduling working hours (in 7 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus, great amenities, good pay, great benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The only down side is job uncertainty, as we are currently going through a realignment and the renewal project which could mean job changes or losses (in 2 reviews)

  • Hard to find parking and public transport not very convenient (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Phd candidate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice working environment. nice colleagues.

    Cons

    there is no cons as far as I am concerned.


  2. "Research Scientist at the University of Western Australia"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    The relaxed atmosphere of the campus. The general collegiality of most (but not all) of the faculty and staff.

    Cons

    The politics and cronyism present in the administration are both transparent and coarse. The administration is very top-down and heavy-handed which can impede innovation and diminish morale.

    Advice to Management

    Should give greater democratic weight to the input of the faculty.

  3. "Research Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time, good benefits, not much pushing

    Cons

    Underpay, not team building, short term


  4. "Adequate environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    If you have an ongoing contract it is a secure job

    Cons

    Restructure every 3 to 5 years and heaps of redundancies

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire these outside companies to do consultancies


  5. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great reputation, and many people are good.

    Cons

    Let down by poor back room systems (finance, HR, and IT).


  6. "Good University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    friendly staff and casual environment

    Cons

    it is hard to find parking


  7. "Good for retirees who don’t mind politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good.
    No one cares what you do (or don’t do).
    Some people can comfortably stay for years without doing any work.

    Cons

    Very political.
    The blind leading the blind.
    Spent big money on consultants for political power.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretend like you know what you are doing.

  8. "Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Western Australia (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Perth is nice
    Close to the beach

    Cons

    Long ways from anywheres
    Culture is behind the times


  9. "Here for a good time, not a long time?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good superannuation contributions, eager to recruit high calibre academics from away

    Cons

    High cost of living, poor quality of housing, union negotiated pay rather than merit based pay, lack of clear strategic vision or goals, a lot of stagnant staff

    Advice to Management

    Look after your good employees and remember UWA is an education and research institution not a for-profit business!


  10. "Working at UWA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    Location and many people are good.

    Cons

    Back room systems including financial and HR are horrendous. HR completely understaffed.


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