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Workplace that was productive.

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Although it was a productive workplace, delivering courses to students, the staff are very competitive. However, if you were to go against or disagree with majority of people in management and higher management you weren’t treated very well.

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Job satisfaction

Cons

Management staff
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Poor

Hate working there the management is the worst I have ever worked under on getting paid for lunch and then they have all their meetings during the lunch period
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Incredible working opportunity with great PD

Great roles to work in with challenging and exciting work. Exceptional professional development opportunities and great flexibility in the organisation.

Pros

Professional Development Opportunities

Cons

High workloads
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A good academic environment with nice staff and a very supportive student admin team.

Central Queensland University is a very good place for beginning academics to start. There are students from over 50 cultures on most campuses. Staff are kept busy with 3 semesters per year. Enrolling is a very busy time. The students are from diverse backgrounds and often the overseas students have existing qualifications so they are used to a tertiary environment. The International campuses are usually located close to the Central Business District. This means that lecturers and tutors can be sourced from adjacent professionals.
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Don’t bother

Back stabbing, snippy and over inflated egos where you compete with abnormal people struggling to find their own purpose and existence instead of being proactive about student outcomes
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Depends on department

Great place to work as long as you had a good manager, and so forth up the chain of command, otherwise watch your back. Great work life balance and wages are twice as much as anywhere else. But very cut throat.
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Focused on making a return not on staff well being

Too many inefficient systems. Management is top heavy and distances itself from staff, generally only communicates by email and makes decisions without staff input. They expect very high performance with no support or help. Reputation is very low and career progression has many impossible hurdles to jump through. There are many other better universities in much nicer places to work for.

Pros

Low cost of housing in regional areas

Cons

inefficient systems, top heavy management, no career progression and support
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Teaching Experience

My experience while teaching to E-Business Systems was quite excellent. The quality of lecture slides, and assignments were to the top standard delivering the requied contents quite professionally.
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Very Clicky

Management have their favorites and people get promoted without merit. Director, DVC, VC level staff are not qualified for the job, so staff spend a lot of time chasing their tails to no avail. Is a them and us mentality. Not enough focus on the student experience, rather a lot of in-house competitiveness goes on and student outcomes are lost.
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Workplace culture is conducive to research

The job is more on research and development . The workplace is equipped with the tools and equipment needed for the work . The staff and students in the laboratory are approachable and easy to deal with. Preparations of media and culture materials are readily available. The laboratory is equipped with policies and guidelines for purposes of instruction, direction and proper behavioural expected to anybody using the laboratory facilities. Safety is always the concern of everybody using the laboratory .
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Fun, fast-paced team environment

Have the chance to work with many different areas in CQU during events. never boring and depending on the event - you may get to travel. every event worked is a great chance to build skills and network with other partners/areas in/with cqu
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Innovative university with focus on distance education and regional pressence.

As part of of the Masters of Engineering qualification that we offer the students are required to be present on campus for hands-on learning experiences in their field of study. My job is to teach them part of their curricula in a controlled laboratory engironment where they can transfer their theoretical skills into practice.
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Professional workplace

Good Workplace but undergoing structural change. Can be very organised but due to their number of campuses and complex structure across multiple campuses communication was difficult at times.

Pros

Professional Environment

Cons

Long Hours
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Good work life balance

Healthy corporate culture and a positive working environment. Staff are supportive of the students and make effort to cultivate understanding and deepen a professional relationship with each other.
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No appreciation or respect.

CQIT and CQU merged ( read CQU took over CQIT) five years ago, I worked for CQIT. The academics from CQUniversity treated us like garbage, and the management could not figure out how the VET industry worked. Since then it has gone from bad to worse with over half of the teachers leaving and not being replaced, all of the lower management are also gone, as are all of the admin support. Market share has dropped from over 70% to about 5%. You can then figure out what is expected of the teachers that are still there. To add to the misery, they recently forced a new EBA on the VET teachers which strips away all of the rights they used to have, and reduced annual leave from 9 weeks to 6 weeks per year, and reduced wages, some as much as 30% as they removed a pay scale for those teachers who held tertiary qualifications.

Pros

None.

Cons

Every7 aspect of the job.
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Productive and welcoming staff members

Training and continual support towards research programs were well received. Community engagement were enjoyable to join, with assistant to achieve personal goals in public speaking.
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Good work environment

Good management Flexible time, Not much general admin tasks and can concentrate on the academic task Good leadership Good workplace support Good learning resources
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A very challenging environment.

A very challenging environment with an international culture, where everyboby is willing to help. A place where there is the possibility to start a professional career.
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Good place but slow management

Good place to work. People are friendly and cooperative. The only issue is with management. They are really slow in performing even the smallest of tasks. Other than that its a very good place to work flexible hours, one can even go on Sundays to finish their pending work.

Pros

Good people

Cons

Slow Management
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Hard work constant study and assessments long hour and committment is needed to get through.

Long days and long nights, a lot of study and it is hard work when all of your friends are out having a great time relaxing or going to out. Family time is reduced.

Pros

Achievement

Cons

Lonely study on the weekends.
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Very practical and fun based workplace

During my time at CQU I was basically thrown in at the deep end as I had been employed to deliver an Automotive Electrical course. The course is a three stage course each stage being run over a twelve month period. My problem was that there were no classroom resources and very little practical resources. Over a twelve month period I designed and produced over twenty student resource workbooks which covered all the requirements for the course. My duties also involved writing the theoretical assessments which included moderation and validation in accordance with the specifications for the Australian Training Council. A huge learning curve. The rewards were 100% success for the students and very positive feedback from students regarding the workbooks.

Pros

Left alone to get on with the job

Cons

Good holidays and team spirit
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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.5 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture
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