Leaves a lot to be desired
[anonymous] (Current Employee) – Hawthorn, VIC – 5 January 2016
Only do it if you're desperate... or, maybe if you secure a senior, permanent position... or, I hear astrophysics is nice?!
Unfortunately it seems, desperation to make up for long standing short-comings in practice, trying to keep up with the competition with a disproportionately strong focus on marketing, and rorting as many international students as possible in the process takes precedence over delivering a quality product and a valuable environment.
The computer network is terrible too. Often things wrong, and not enough support to fix it. Follow up to issues comes sometimes weeks later!! Although, I suspect that is a lack of management spending, not inadequately skilled support personnel.
However, I'm led to believe a lot of this and the cons aren't just Swinburne but rather Higher Education in Australia as a whole.
Free bean-ground coffee
Lack of job security and few future prospects, payment infrequency, very little inter-disciplinary engagement, heavy politics and bureaucracy, and a severe lack of constructive dialogue between management, administration and academic staff