I enjoy teaching and communicating with other people. The hardest part was coming up with new ways to explain concepts to students that didn't understand the first time. However, I never felt pressured or uncomfortable. My colleagues and management were really wonderful people.
Program Leader Community Engagement & Consultation (Former Employee) – Ipswich QLD – 12 October 2017
Working on contract is very difficult with periods of service generally depending on the funding you generate through your personal work area. Some contracts may be for 12 months, three months or only a month. A bit tough when you have a family.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Brisbane QLD – 17 September 2017
Supportive colleagues which made all the difference to my enjoyment of the job. However, while pay seems equitable, the hours put in to do an excellent and not just a competent job are not well-rewarded.
Excellent colleagues, ruthless senior managers, toxic work culture
Administration Assistant (Former Employee) – St Lucia QLD – 3 July 2017
Lovely campus. Good colleagues. Stimulating and challenging work. But toxic work culture, incredibly conservative, corporate, damaging. I would not recommend it, even if the salary is good and the job looks fantastic in paper. Crushing place, particularly for younger professionals who will be used and abused in a difficult environment for older and seasoned colleagues.
Volunteer Work: Assistant for event setting (Former Employee) – Brisbane QLD – 3 July 2017
Great staff to work with, the student services of UQ gave me a training before starting this volunteer work. I gained lots of experiences from this volunteer work, I had a chance to meet employees and discussed about job opportunities at the event.
A great place to work, save the spineless management!
Senior Technician (Former Employee) – St Lucia QLD – 16 May 2017
The University is a beautifully presented workplace with many great amenities for Staff and Students alike. Conditions are very good, with a fair pay-structure of penalties for overtime and accumulated extra-hours can be taken as flexi-hours. Typically, a working day is 7.25 hours. Work-life balance is encouraged. I found the majority of my colleagues to be honest and friendly, which made going to work a pleasure.
The caveat comes into play when considering what school you happen to be employed with, and importantly, whether previous staff have coveted your role for themselves.
In my experience, some management displayed cowardice and deception which could only be described as breathtaking, but alas, managers are not necessarily leaders.
Academic Staff tend to be over-worked and generally under-appreciated, Professional Staff may enjoy a relaxed work atmosphere, but this also seems dependent upon what school they are employed within, and the culture within that particular faculty.
If you plan to work at U.Q, you should seriously consider joining the Union on your first day. For if someone doesn't like your shoes, your hair-style, etc, you may not get past the probationary period.
Good Conditions and amenities
Some staff are relentlessly overworked, elements of deception within workplace culture
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Brisbane QLD – 8 May 2017
Working at UQ comes with the same frustrations you might face at any large organisation (e.g. payroll processing, possible delays when communicating with HR, etc), but generally it is exciting to work at a beautiful campus (St Lucia) with excellent facilities (apart from parking).
Had a pleasant experience working at the University of Queensland
Research scholar (Former Employee) – Brisbane, Australia – 20 February 2017
I was assigned to work on a vaccine related project with my supervisor at the University of Queensland. My typical day would consist of discussions with my supervisor, performing lab duties, helping other honour students, making notes of the daily tasks, keeping the stock of all the chemical supplies and plastic wares required for the experiment. The tasks were enjoyable as we all had a very friendly and healthy conversation with our supervisor and had fun whenever possible !