University of New South Wales Employee Reviews

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Lots of funding but poor management
Researcher (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW16 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.
Pros
Lots of funding
Cons
Poor management, low productivity (besides a few labs), work quality is low (again besides a few labs)
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Excellent
Project Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Canberra ACT4 April 2019
Excellent work culture, lovely people and good salary. Fexiblle working hours and some very good sports facilities. Good library facilities and all in all good.
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Toxic culture
Human resources (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW6 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.
Pros
You see real life examples of backstabbing, gossiping, politics, infighting, bullying
Cons
Laziness, entrenchment, bureaucracy, small mindedness, two faced "managers"
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5.0
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A typical day
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW24 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.
Pros
Teamwork
Cons
Isolation and unusual hours
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3.0
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Good work place
Student Development representative (Former Employee) –  Division of philanthropy14 February 2019
good work place, good hours, good pay, good location, short term work, good and reliabel payment system, not the best bosses and management envirmonment, stirct
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excellent academic environment
research assistant (Former Employee) –  Kensington NSW19 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
Pros
supportive academic environment, sports, volunteer opportunities, location
Cons
lack of engagement with other researchers at the school
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Great work/life balance
Business Development Manager - Kakadu Software (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW17 January 2019
Great place to work and progress in your career. Typical 9-5 hours for professional staff. Diverse, inclusive and respectful environment. Can be overly bureaucratic at times.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Location
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4.0
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Not Applicable
Azure Integration Architect (Former Employee) –  Kensington NSW17 January 2019
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.
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4.0
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Conducive for learning, friendly colleagues
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  Kensington NSW2 January 2019
Typical day consisted of western blotting, cell culturing, pipetting, updating lab book.

After results collected, typical day spent on literature research and working on presentation of results
Pros
Good experience
Cons
Long hours
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5.0
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Very comfortable working environment
Student Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Sydney NSW21 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.
Pros
Volunteering at your own discretion
Cons
None
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Great casual demonstrator work if you can land it
CASUAL TUTOR (Former Employee) –  Kensington NSW14 November 2018
I definitely recommend trying to become a demonstrator at UNSW. You have flexibility to plan your lessons and as long as you do your due diligence you'll have a great time.
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5.0
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Great place to work
Infrastructure Architect (Current Employee) –  Randwick NSW8 November 2018
A great place to work, fantastic people, sensational work life balance.

The only bad thing about working at UNSW is that it difficult to get to and parking is a pain
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4.0
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Advanced for a university
Data and Information Management Officer (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW7 November 2018
Effective goal oriented management and advanced IT systems compared to most universities. Willing to spend money to ensure staff are upskilled. Great place to learn new things.
Pros
Training, learning
Cons
Hard place to get to
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3.0
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Some great people held back by too much workplace change
Anon (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW31 October 2018
Too much wrangling for senior IT director positions has driven weaker results. Too much change continually. Senior Leadership is too immature to be able to achieve too much in IT improvements.
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2.0
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Not very vibrant
Marketing and Events Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW31 October 2018
Need to restructure the management and create a great work ambience.
Work life balance is great. It is a quiet place to work, depends on what you prefer.
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4.0
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Transformation underway
Manager - Management Reporting & Analysis (MR&A) (Current Employee) –  Sydney NSW26 October 2018
UNSW is going through an exciting journey of transformation to achieve the 2025 strategic objectives; the campus environment is fantastic and management is very flexible with working arrangements.
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Learning, networking and productive
Project Officer (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW15 October 2018
Great place to work, where individuals come together with different sets of background, presents ideas, discuss, build agreement and present outcomes. Learnings was overwhelming.
Pros
Approachable and mentoring supervisors
Cons
nothing
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4.0
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Good research environment
Reserach Assistant (Former Employee) –  Randwick NSW16 September 2018
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.
Pros
Great environment to do research
Cons
Non-permanent contracts
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4.0
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A Fun workplace
Professional Development Programme Intern (Former Employee) –  Kensington15 August 2018
I was there for a brief time as a student intern. It was a great experience. I learnt a lot about how programmes and projects are managed by the university.
Pros
great suppportive colleagues
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5.0
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Nice and encourage atmosphere and encouraging people to work with
Financial Control Accountant (Current Employee) –  Sydney NSW13 August 2018
I started 8 month ago at the UNSW and since then I learn every day. Professional work colleagues, managers, etc. Multicultural enviroment. I totally recomend to everyone working at the University. I love it!
Pros
Morning teas, b-day cakes, almost every week. It is a beautiful moment to have a chat with your work colleagues.
Cons
More permanent positions and less internal contractors.
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