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Productive environment with plenty of resources.

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I really enjoyed my time working in the University of Sydney. I started as a tutor two subjects and subsequently gained more subjects after that. Besides tutoring, I were also given chance on setup new laboratory demonstration units for Thermal Engineering 1. After the completion of my doctoral degree, I got a change to work with an academic on three consulation projects that helps me broaden up my knowledge.

Pros

The pay as tutor is great.

Cons

To secure a long term permanent job may be chanllenging.
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Awful

Woke Censorious cliquey. I wouldn’t wish this institution on my worst enemy . A climate of obsession with cherry picked diversity and countless unproductive meetings where the only true decision reached was the time of the next meeting

Pros

The students

Cons

Most of the academic staff
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Culture of secret deals and undermining staff

Loved everything about USyd. Beautiful campus, traditions, power of investment, talented academics and students. But management works through secret deals, backstabbing and undermining staff. Slow to make decisions and decisions are made to curry favour rather than for the best interests of student experience, outcomes or research performance. Depressing for those who seek purpose.

Pros

Beautiful campus, talented staff, lots of money

Cons

Poor management culture and poor decision making
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Ridiculous expectations

Workload too high. Pay was worth two people and so was the workload. Very hierarchical. Boring. Huge organisation though so room to move and potentially excellent pockets to work in.
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Good pay and super, very helpful colleagues and manager but very highload

The colleagues in my team are marvellous and very helpful and provides guidance, manager and director in the middle level are understanding but the workload is heavy due to shortage of funding and unrealistic expectation of the senior management and researchers who I serve who seem to be only interested in bringing in more funding for USYD.

Pros

Good pay with super, very helpful colleagues

Cons

Very heavy workload, most employees in my portfolio find it difficult to cope even working long hours, others try to survive by taking the blame for any delay in the process
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Difficult and stressful

University of Sydney has a terrible culture. As a employee, I worked 15-20 hours beyond my paid work hours. Excessive pressure and stress year round. I cannot recommend Sydney Uni as an emoyer.
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Fun, diverse workplace.

Remote management and admin is a double edged sword. Some great facilities but some are old and run down. This is slowly changing with upgrades in the pipeline.
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No blame culture

I had the opportunity to work with a great manager in a small team. A common sense approach prevailed and the team were able to achieve great results.

Pros

Culture

Cons

Politics
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Very high pressure role, unreasonable demands required of your time.

Very high pressure role. Management expects a what ever it takes attitude, even if that means working 24:7, and taking no leave unless it’s Christmas. Constant pressure, demands by the CFO and his team are unsustainable and there is no pay rises except for a mandated annual increase.

Pros

Good superannuation benefits, some additional leave days granted for Christmas, generous long service leave benefits (unlikely to make it to 10 years)

Cons

Long hours, constant pressure, no down time except at Christmas, need to be almost on call 24/7
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Work life balance. Supportive staff, flexible and recommended.

I had a teaching contract of two years. Staff were supportive. There was flexibility and good pay. One of the best places I’ve work at. Recommended.
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Loved the uni but..

Always making rolls redundant and so many chops and change.Other great staff, heaps of friendly amazing people. Management treat staff as there disposable.

Pros

Meet great people

Cons

Management
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Trash place

A toxic workplace full of elitism, avoid at all cost. Obnoxious and didactic people make you feel worthless, unless you are an overachiever they will treat you like a real friend.

Pros

No pros.

Cons

Toxic
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Creative and challenging workplace

I found working with academic and business leaders to be intellectually challenging and rewarding at the same time, I built strong and trusted relationships with VC, DVC’s, and executive leadership. I’d definitely enjoy working at Sydney University again if the right role presented.

Pros

Great executives, complexity and undergoing massive change

Cons

Areas remain stuck looking over their shoulders rather than forward and embracing change
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Stimulating, cooperative, caring, collaborative environment.

If you are willing to work hard and be willing to collaborate with your colleges, things will all fall into place. The University of Sydney gave me a laboratory of my own, they were always willing to cooperate with infrastructural modifications to accommodate my own independent research work even though I was just a visiting scholar.

Pros

Many

Cons

Few
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Basically good

No performance review. Don't know how our comments were responded to. Previous examiners resented having to reapply and be retested. Basically enjoyed my time there.
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Friendly Work place

Very busy work place . I have to work with management of the university.I learnt many new things such as emergency responds, Assist students for their any needs. Hardest part of the job is responds to emergency situations such as fire, injuries and conflicts of students in the campus.

Cons

long hours
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Supportive and easy-going enviroment

I worked at the Usyd in the Marketing Communications team as a graphic designer between September 2019 and March 2020. There my main work was in printed design, designing brochures and magazines. The Marcoms team is very supportive and high skilled. The Usyd environment is really relaxing and inspiring.
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Collaborative and fun place to work

Great place to work. The University always looks at new technologies to support student and teacher collaboration and state of art research facilities.
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I gained more formal experience regarding the supervisor

I learned how to prepare the class roo fr the exam condition. I learnt the new technology based methods to conduct exams. I got better at team building and gained more experience in dealing with people coming from various backgrounds. My management skills improved as I was dealing with students and colleagues and supervisors in given period of time.

Pros

Shift work and enjoyable as get to meet different people

Cons

Distance between buildings and carparking
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Great environment, supportive team and easy going culture

Great company to work for with a good team who are always happy to help. Working on lots of different roles the position is varied with lots to do on a daily basis.
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Toxic workplace culture

Very interesting work fields, good salary and super payments are offset by a toxic workplace culture, incompetent managers and lack of vision on management level. Every 5 years or so major restructuring takes place and many lose their jobs: ongoing, continuous means nothing. Job descriptions are inaccurate for the actual work you’re doing. Independent thinking, creativity and initiative are discouraged in favour of excessive micromanaging resulting in above average staff turnover. Despite specific policies flexible work arrangements are discouraged or prohibited. Saying this, University of Sydney is a big organisation and it depends on where you work, but a disillusioned and incompetent management among general staff seem to be frequent University wide. The Library is one of the worst.

Pros

Good salary and high super

Cons

Excessive micromanagement, incompetent management, lack of vision
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Based on 159 reviews

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4.1 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
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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