University of New South Wales Employee Reviews in Sydney NSW

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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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Supportive academic environment, sports, volunteer opportunities, location
Finance Services Team Leader (Current Employee) –  Sydney NSW28 August 2019
The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington. Out of all Australian universities, UNSW has the highest median ATAR and attracts the highest number of top 500 students. Wikipedia
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very good
Data Entry Operator (Former Employee) –  NSW Sydney31 May 2019
worked in a educational background . it was a kind of challenge. Work with people who has come from different back ground and different culture . It was a pleasure to work with them.
Pros
had free lunch
Cons
Worked long hours to achive targets.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Corporate, scholary university
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW8 July 2018
Working as a casual academic teacher, fellow colleagues were friendly and approachable. Teachers are often recruited based on industry experience. Great autonomy.
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Highly flexible and reputable working place
Ph.D. Candidate & Tutor (Current Employee) –  Sydney NSW15 May 2018
UNSW is amongst the best universities in the world to work and study, and so it is in terms of facilities. Accessibility and flexibility is high and culturally engaging.
Pros
Gym access, cafes and restaurants, facilities, flexibility
Cons
Low wage salaries, expensive area to live
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working with young enthusiastic personel
Swim Instructor (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW10 April 2018
Since my completion of working at the UNSW they have upgraded some of the facility making it a better environment for members.

I loved working with the children and helping them to swim and grow confident around the water.

I found the management to be a little bit absent from what was going on and needed them to be more present in the environment.

My income was less of what less experienced staff were earning. This was not fair.

However, I was made to study and learn more about the campas I found this very beneficial.
Pros
none
Cons
Over worked under paid
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Business Society Philanthropy Portfolio Member (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW12 February 2018
Great place to study
Competitive environment
Freebies everywhere
Friednly culture, besides some societies
Extracurricular Events are everywhere
Good place
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Productive, fun environment
Art and Design Open Day Event Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW9 February 2018
- Fun, fast paced environment
- Lots of experience to gain from team communication to customer service
- Great management
- Very supportive workplace
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It was tough and lot of mind work invloved
Researcher (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW5 December 2017
Working hours were flexible and the role was target oriented. The working environment was excellent but I lack the technical support from supervisor however the moral support was always there.
Pros
Challenging and task oriented environment
Cons
Lack of JD
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Great people, good pay
Simultaneous interpreter, translator, educator (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW9 October 2017
This is a great academic place to work in, even as casual, but there were limited opportunities for full-time and permanent employment. The pay was good.
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