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University of Western Australia Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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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. "Lab Demonstrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Demonstrator in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Lab Demonstrator in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Western Australia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great pay for a student;
    - Relaxed working environment;
    - Flexible working hours;
    - Fulfilling;
    - Provides great opportunities for further job applications as a student to use plenty of examples from this role.

    Cons

    - Nothing to complain about.
    - Communication between lab demonstrators, unit coordinators and students is always an issue.
    - Can sometimes (very rarely) have to deal with difficult students. But that in itself is a learning experience.

    Advice to Management

    Make communication systems with between student, unit coordinators and lab demonstrators a lot better.


  3. "student researcher"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    if i get postdoc fellow researcher i want to continue

    Cons

    if i get good salary i will continue

    Advice to Management

    it be better if i will be paid more


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  5. "Casual Teaching"

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    Former Employee - Casual Teacher in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Casual Teacher in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people in this position (casual teaching at UWA) are either current post-grads or have recently complete their degree. For that group (and I was one of them) this isn't a bad job at all, the hourly rate when you're in front of a class is pretty decent and as you complete your degree your salary gets a bump. As a Ph.D. I was getting something like $54 an hour.

    Cons

    Marking is a different story. The hourly rate is less and most things, exams, quizzes assignments will have been done up in the unit budget using a predetermined rate (something like 8 or 12 exams per hour) to determine how many hours you're actually allowed to claim for marking, regardless of the actual time it may take you.

    The other issue I had (that exists in engineering but may be less of an issue in the other faculties) is that a lot of casual teaching is based around giving tutorials and there is a pay code for tutorials but that pay code isn't used in the unit budgets and it isn't one you're allowed to claim. Instead of "tutors" casual teachers are branded "facilitators" and while the hourly rate is the same, tutors get paid 2 hours of prep time for each "original tutorial" during the week and 1 hour prep time for each "repeat tutorial". Facilitators get no more than 1 hour per week in total for preparation, class administrative duties and answering students questions outside of class. This is not really enough time as it's usually necessary to go through a problem set ahead of presenting it to the class, simply reading off supplied solutions makes for poor content delivery not to mention that the supplied solutions sometimes contain errors or skip essential steps.

    Advice to Management

    1. I know there's a financial crunch but casual teachers (at least in engineering) should be allowed to claim more hours for things they do outside the classroom (marking, answering student questions and e-mails, administrative duties related to both attendance and assembling the final marks, preparation time).

    2. Although most of the casual teachers at UWA are at least graduates it is still quite common to hire undergraduates to teach in a unit they may only have passed through a few semesters prior. I really think the university is playing a dangerous game by having less experienced, less mature people in these roles, which are often the primary source of contact between the students and the unit.


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    "On a positive trajectory"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Service Provision Staff
    Current Employee - Professional Service Provision Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The School is undergoing transformation and significant investment in facilities and infrastructure. The team are of diverse backgrounds and offer a warm welcome.The School's profile is building within Australia.

    Cons

    Greater collaboration between teams is needed but is improving.


  7. "Think twice"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits for level of work and experience. Beautiful location with lots of places to buy lunch.

    Cons

    Very poor support from managers and coworkers. Zero training, and they don't take kindly to complains about bullying or harassment. It's your fault if you get bullied. Appalling culture

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at yourself. You succeed when every else succeeds with you. And hire the best people for the job.


  8. "Pursue Imposible"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Boasts huge amount of available recourse

    Cons

    Incredible amount of arrogance and lack of responsibility from administration, does not utilise recourse


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    "Come for the view, stay for the purpose"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most beautiful location in perth.
    Genuinely believes in family friendly practices.
    Can work for an organisation that has a purpose.
    Good internal benefits including generous superannuation and health and well being packages.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy you would expect of an organisation of that size and history.
    Culturally recovering from a significant organisational change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "going downhill"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desk Top Support Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Desk Top Support Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work conditions are reasonably good. Great campus. Flexible work hours. Good superannuation. Certain amount of prestige.

    Cons

    No reward for high performers. No management of poor performers. Poor job descriptions. No ability for management to mandate leads to bullying culture. Often benefits are given because they are required to be, however that seems to be seen as a release from real people management. No commitment to funding of improvements. There has been a very high turnover in senior management in 2016. Paul Johnson is no longer CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define position descriptions with clear deliverables and measurable KPIs and tree these to departmental KPIs. Measure performance against these KPIS. Stop having external (and internal) reviews and pay attention to recommendations in these reviews. Either ignore the recommendations or implement them, but for goodness sake stop having new ones!


  11. "UWA Employment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff and working environment.

    Cons

    Very fem limitations are identifiable.


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