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Updated February 1, 2018
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is perfect (in 5 reviews)

  • great flexibility in scheduling working hours (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of career development support (in 2 reviews)

  • nothing really everything is just amazing (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. "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!


  4. "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.


  5. "UWA part time employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Western Australia part-time

    Pros

    Good support networks for staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to resolve issues, especially if you need to go through different departments.


  6. "More About Money Than Education"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, access to cultural events

    Cons

    Profit driven, prioritises management above employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't close ranks in the face of complaints from your staff.


  7. "Good enviroment, good atomsphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, good for career growth

    Cons

    nothing I can imaging about

  8. "Flexible and friendly"

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

    I worked at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, 17% super for ongoing staff! option to purchase additional leave, flexible work arrangement, staff sports day

    Cons

    organisational restructures, layers of management and hierarchy makes decision making hard


  9. "Cushy but not for humanities professors"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively secure job, good benefits and leave policies.

    Cons

    Humanities highly undervalued in an environment dedicated to STEM.

    Advice to Management

    Go beyond a utilitarian understanding of research.


  10. "Uncertain future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Western Australia full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Central location
    Great overall atmosphere

    Cons

    Recent change in senior leadership
    Former Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson implemented significant reform, which had a negative impact on staff culture; remains to be seen how the new VC transitions

    Advice to Management

    Ensure consistency across faculties/colleges of policies, procedures and mostly importantly culture. Each faculty operates very differently.


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