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Used to be great, now it's toxic with unrealistic expectations

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The institution's work culture is marred by unattainable expectations from management, who believe employees can complete 10-12 hours of work within a 7-hour window. While accruing flexi-time is necessary to fulfill job duties, employees face repercussions when utilizing this flexibility. Fear permeates the atmosphere, with leadership lacking an understanding of the job's demands. Those who adhere strictly to their hours without accruing flexi-time are unfairly labeled as lazy, fostering a culture that stifles addressing workload concerns without fear of retaliation.Moreover, a perpetual sense of urgency prevails, with competing priorities creating an environment of high stress. Despite this strain, the institution fails to acknowledge that the incessant pressure and competing demands lead to multiple staff departures or even breakdowns. There's a lack of recognition from the institution regarding the adverse impact of the work culture on its employees' well-being, perpetuating a cycle where these issues go unaddressed and unresolved.Management seeks compliance akin to robots, discouraging any form of questioning or autonomy. Unfortunately, there's a notable lack of regard for the skills and expertise of the workforce. What was once a positive workplace has devolved into toxicity, eroding the respect and satisfaction employees once had. There's a clear bias towards favoring younger and more malleable staff members who can be easily influenced. The institution seems to prioritize individuals who are more impressionable, potentially at the expense of experienced personnel, - 


Expectation of unpaid labor
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Unsupportive, exploitative and toxic culture

Lack of support from management with big egos. The work expectations for no pay is unreasonably. The workload gets bigger and bigger and when you want to be paid for the work full timers should be doing next time you don’t get offered work. Good for yes people who enable exploitation. If a person fails students they mark over top so they pass as it’s a ‘University directive’ which compromise quality and integrity
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It use to be a good place to work but is getting worse with every year.

What is the best part of working at the company?Pay and conditions were good. Great people to work with.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Poor organization, management can often but not always be pretty hopeless, the staff run the place not the managers.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Work environment is good but often people would have to do flexi time to get their work finished and then be in trouble for having too much flexi time up. People making the rules that have no idea what is going on.What is a typical day like for you at the company?often good but also very frustrating at times due to the lack of managerial skills.
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Excellent job.

I have learned so many things from this job like presentation, problem solving, answering to students queries, meeting other staff weekly and refresh my own costing and financial reporting knowledge by discoursing PASS sessions to peer students.
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Productive and knowledgeable work place.

The experience i got as a pass leader in Charles Sturt was very valuable. It helped me to enhance and share my knowledge with junior batch mates. Also Charles Sturt is a lovely place to study as well as to work.


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  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager
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Worse place to work

Management is terrible treat workers really bad most workers have mental health brake downs due to the stress unnecessary put on them by management expectations are extremely high for workers to go well and above there duties they expected workers to work in dangerous situations


Good money


Bad management
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Working with like minded people to educate students to take on the duties in NSW police force

Well developed and continuous improvement of lesson plans and utilisation of staff with operational policing experience. A learning by doing approach.


Great people to work with who were committed to deliver quality outcomes
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Enjoyed my time with csu

Productive, collaborative, friendly workplace. Busy role but always had staff to support me and assist or guide. Excellent work life balancw with flexibility in start and finish times and 35hr week. Woul drecommend.


Flexibility in work hours


Lack of job security
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Excellent work culture

Excellent workplace to be in. Enjoyed every moment. Typical Australian university with balanced work-life ethos. Good team-mates who makes your feel at home.
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Mostly great people. Management style has changed over the years.

Was a friendly, family orientated organisation when I started. Learned a great deal during my employment in several divisions and departments. Most staff were fantastic, right up to the top. With changes in the management through retirement and leaving, staff morale had slumped by the time I left.
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No place for ambitious person

If you like a challenge this is not the place for you. If you are ambitious and seek a promotion this is not the place for you. This is a teacher focused environment where the lesson plans are given to you and you have to adhere to them rigorously. There is no room for creativity in your lesson plan.
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great place to work

friendly staff, they teach us a lot on how to run a successful work place. i have enjoyed my time working here and valued my job. i recommend working here.
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Very Good Atmosphere with supportive staff

It was an awesome experience working with Charles Sturt University. Very supportive and motivated staff who are always there to help. From Student to Employee, Charles Sturt University played a great role for my career.
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Good place to work and study

Was fun being a student on reslife and a residential advisor. The job was full on at the start but eased off through the year. Highly recommend to someone living on campus.
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Productive and Fun Workplace

Enable me to feel valued and I have achieve their full support. They value difference, and embrace people with diverse backgrounds and thinking styles. Got a lot of life experiences from their.


Personality development


short tenure ( was Part time)
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Dynamic institution

Great management and workplace culture. All staff were fully supported to ensure the best academic outcomes were achieved from our students. Fantastic tutorial support provided.
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Institution, to make you professional

Working environement is so friendly and staff is mery much cooperative that attracts you to work in such a nice environment. I recommend to work with CSU.
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Fun workplace

CSU is committed to helping staff balance their work and life commitments while meeting the operational needs of the University. They offer a range of flexible options and work progression for their staff.
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its a good venue where student can practice professionalism

It was a great experience for me as i have learned how to work with people in all sorts of life. From directors, students, to suppliers. • Facilitated, supported and coordinated all activities of the student council • Headed the promotion for extra-curricular programs for the students • Planned and arranged all meetings with the members • Help the students in their issues and problems • Represent the Melbourne Campus in the inter-campus meetings
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Excellent community and work

CSU offers an excellent work environment, with great services both on and off campus. Casual student work is amazingly flexible and fits in well with study and work balance


Free counselling as student/staff, Up-to-date on tech
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great place to work

I would love a permanent full time job with CSU, it was the best. Great culture and benefits. My role was casual, management was great! Would recommend




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Based on 57 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.0 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.7 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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