Researcher (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 16 April 2019
-UNSW successfully receives a lot of funding every year in comparison to other universities in Australia however the output is very poor. -The universities credentials and prestige is reliant on the productivity of a few labs (mainly computer science and engineering) only while the rest of the labs are sub-par. -Researchers at UNSW are mainly concerned with status and benefits rather than producing quality research. -Most of the research is very shallow and can be picked apart fairly easy however with good politics low quality research can be published easily. -Salary is extremely generous at UNSW. This is to attract scientist by money rather than the quality research. -If considering going here to pursue a career in a research I would heavily advise to do thorough research on the lab of interest and think critically about the work being published and not just where the work is published (i.e. Nature, Nature, Nature). -However, I do highly recommend attending the university as a student. Student services and programs are plenty and will provide a rich experience and many platforms for new undergraduate/postgraduate students.
Lots of funding
Poor management, low productivity (besides a few labs), work quality is low (again besides a few labs)
All staff members here are eger to be there and are a supportive learning and working environment. There are multiple opportunities for job advancement. Great networking opportunities and fantastic place to get a taster of various job descriptions.
Human resources (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 6 March 2019
This is a terrible place to work. The good people are pushed out and the bad people give themselves pay rises for doing less and offloading work to others.
It's no surprise there's no overview when senior management is in on it. Managers somehow arranged to "work" from home for roles that requires servicing the rest of the organisation. What's the incentive to enact change when they have a cushy job sitting on their laurels pushing papers? Where is the independent oversight?
It's ironic that a place that's supposed to promote equal opportunity is itself so unequal.
You see real life examples of backstabbing, gossiping, politics, infighting, bullying
Laziness, entrenchment, bureaucracy, small mindedness, two faced "managers"
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 24 February 2019
This was my first position upon graduation so much was learnt in relation to the practical operation of a Research Laboratory.
Upon receiving guidance from my supervisor and colleagues, experiments would be undertaken to produce relevant organophosphorous compounds. The extreme reactivity and toxicity of these compounds was a prime concern.
Reaction products were subject to; infrared spectroscopy, NMR analysis and X Ray Crystallography. All these tasks involved liaison and consultation with colleagues.
The day to day running of the laboratory-maintainence, ordering of equipment, cleaning etc was a constant focus.
Seminars were attended on a weekly basis in which research from within the Faculty (Organic Chemistry, UNSW) was discussed.
The faculty had a warm and collegial atmosphere where all individuals were valued.
research assistant (Former Employee) – Kensington NSW – 19 January 2019
excellent academic environment advances research and literature survey skills in a resepectful manner multicultural etc highly uplifting only wish there was a more significant sense of belonging to the School or Faculty as a group as there are group gatherings only available about once a year and this is not enough apart from that everything wonderful and also a nice and pleasant location and excellent teachers and supervisors
I cannot give a valid opinion on this work site as I haven't been there long enough to create a valid perspective of the place itself. For the short time I was there however, it seemed like a good place to work at.
Student Volunteer (Current Employee) – Sydney NSW – 21 November 2018
Management of an event is usually quite concise outlining clearly for the volunteer what they are required to do and be responsible for. Volunteers and event managers strive to make events fun for both guests and volunteers in order to create an enjoyable experience for all.
It has been more than 30 years since I worked at UNSW. It was my first job after graduation and I was a scientific research assistant. I remember it as a modern institution where management was good to work with and academic and non-academic staff worked well together. As a researcher the hardest part of the job was getting good results. The best part of the job was when the research went well and your results were published in journals.