University of Sydney
3.7 of 5 45 reviews
www.usyd.edu.au Sydney, Australia

University of Sydney Reviews

Updated Mar 26, 2014
University of Sydney – Australia – “Open plan offices in the School of IT”

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A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

PhD Student (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at University of Sydney full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of smart people to commune with; bright and knowledgeable staff; excellent facilities and continual expansion. As a physics PhD Student, I found that having all of the different research groups in close proximity meant that there was often interesting interdisciplinary research talks.

ConsSometimes I have the feeling that Sydney University rests on its laurels a bit due to its reputation; which can make them seem a little haughty. In my visits to other universities, I have found them to feel much more welcoming.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunities if you can make it work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor for less than a year

ProsStimulating work, great levels of freedom.

ConsRemuneration is less than in comparable industry positions, and with heavy-weight bureaucracy. Many junior positions are casual (as is the case in academia). The cumulative effect is that they lose good people, and hence commercialisation opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementTurn from a "how can't we make this work" organisation into a "how can we make this work" organisation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Sydney

ProsI worked there part time while I did my PhD. Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world

ConsIn university, you need to pursue a research life. Otherwise, it is very hard to have an improve in career.

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Fairly good education received

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at University of Sydney part-time for more than 3 years

Prosstudents are pretty vibrant,
most research stuff are pretty good in their own field and are responsible
most lectures has been well prepared

Conshas an easy attitude on selecting tutors

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Much like other universities

PhD Student (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at University of Sydney full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSolid university with a good reputation

ConsIf you're not in one of their traditional areas of focus (e.g. law) you may find that the services and support is a bit rubbish.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has a tendency to centralise decision making and then ignore staff and students

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Associate

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Sydney

ProsAccess to large network of academics

ConsMinimal training. Poor staff management and facilities

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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Fun well-paying casual jobs for students

Student Ambassador (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I worked at University of Sydney part-time for more than 3 years

Pros- great casual pay rates
- fun and interesting co-workers
- opportunities for full-time positions
- great experience for a CV

Cons- work can be repetitive (eg logistics prep for but that should be apparent from the job description and interview process

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Exam supervisor

Invigilator (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsReasonable rates. Respectful of staff. Beautiful environs.

ConsShift assignment can be a bit ad hoc - no one wants to work 2 hrs have a 3 hr break and then work another 2hrs but this really doesn't happen all that often.
A rare few supervisors expect you to turn up 15 minutes early to set up=I just turned up at the time I was told to on my roster and ensured that my section was still set up effectively before the start of the exam - I don't need 15 minutes extra and if I am not getting paid for it I won't be showing up.

Advice to Senior ManagementBreak up the few remaining fiefdoms every so often.
Get rid of the insufficient desk dividers used in multiple choice exams or issue staggered exam papers for multiple choice so that copying is not advantageous for candidates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good. A lot of change, and the Unions bully people.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I have been working at University of Sydney full-time for more than 3 years

Prosambitious to do better, clever people and a nice location

ConsA lot of change in PSU's and people aren't always equipped to adapt. The Unions are dreadful, not clever and hold non-union staff to ransom. University Senate is full of arrogance and people who can't get past their factionalism. Very depressing to see some of the Senate behaviours.

Advice to Senior ManagementReform Senate. Please!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A rewarding experience as a lecturer

Lecturer/Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Sydney (Australia)

I worked at University of Sydney full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAcademics generally agree that universities can be difficult places to work these days. While Australian higher education, like elsewhere, is also succumbing to the quantification of research outputs, its universities still generally offer good working conditions. Throughout my three years there I felt supported by my department and school. As a junior scholar I was given a reduced teaching load, in recognition of the fact that it takes time to develop courses. The pay is excellent and the location of the main campus is beautiful.

ConsThe cons are the same as with any university: getting ahead as a junior (or senior!) scholar requires working six or seven days per week.

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