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University of Sydney Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
52 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work life balance at the research assistant level (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • As a general staff it takes a lot to get a promotion or a reclassification (in 2 reviews)

  • It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall excellent experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Sydney

    Pros

    As A PhD student I found the university was equipped with latest technology,knowlegeable staff

    Cons

    sometimes you tend to face racism

  2.  

    Lack of strategic planning and care

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at University of Sydney as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice area to work in, Newtown is surrounded by great places to eat.

    Cons

    The PMO in IT is run very poorly at the moment. They are trying to improve it however at every level of the organization there is lack of strategic vision, planning and guidance. Everyone does what they feel like. Every couple of years they move people around but don't change the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be strategic and probably firw yourselves or change yourself!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    postdoc experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great environment and friendly workmates. research support is fantastic and salary is relatively high compared to the US

    Cons

    it sometimes takes time to get paperwork done especially when it involve multi-lab collaboration you have to go through lots of paperworks make me think australia is like a asian country

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    postdoc position at the University of Sydney

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    well paid salary. I came to sydney for postdoc after receiving my phd in the US. Postdoc salary much higher than in the US, which is an important factor to drive me come over to Australia for postdoc. In general the research environment is great and I enjoy the freedom to explore my own ideas. Research support is quite generous as well.

    Cons

    In general, living cost is very high compared to the US. Some local australian are arrogant and not nice to outsiders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Best time of your life

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to be doing what you are passionate about, do a PhD at Usyd. Top notch research in my opinion.

    Cons

    Supervisors can be a bit difficult to deal with. Choose well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    USyd is generally well-respected within Australia and certain overseas locales.
    One able and willing administrative staff member can probably solve whatever issues you have.
    If you have an opportunity and the means by which to enjoy it, Sydney is a fun city.

    Cons

    Your student experience and employability depends almost exclusively on your relationship with your supervisor.
    There are very few constructs in which supervisor-student conflicts can be resolved.
    Supervisors are not in any way obligated to financially support your research or presentation of your results.
    Unless you're a prolific publisher, your 3.5 year PhD will not make you competitive for international fellowships.
    There were more infrastructure problems here than I've ever seen elsewhere: prevalent power and internet failures, web proxy snafus, and the like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The APA-level stipend is laughably low; provide top-ups for accepted students. Do not allow faculty to take-on students they clearly cannot or will not support financially and intellectually. Allow students the opportunity to create a thesis committee, so that one faculty member's (often strong and loudly vocalised) opinion does not dominate the direction of research or disagreements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    beautiful campus, but often isolating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good wages, depending on the department and supervisor you can work flexibly, Christmas shutdown

    Cons

    It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sacking people for arbitrary reasons, there is no sense of trust or belonging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to commune with; bright and knowledgeable staff; excellent facilities and continual expansion. As a physics PhD Student, I found that having all of the different research groups in close proximity meant that there was often interesting interdisciplinary research talks.

    Cons

    Sometimes I have the feeling that Sydney University rests on its laurels a bit due to its reputation; which can make them seem a little haughty. In my visits to other universities, I have found them to feel much more welcoming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities if you can make it work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Stimulating work, great levels of freedom.

    Cons

    Remuneration is less than in comparable industry positions, and with heavy-weight bureaucracy. Many junior positions are casual (as is the case in academia). The cumulative effect is that they lose good people, and hence commercialisation opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn from a "how can't we make this work" organisation into a "how can we make this work" organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Fairly good education received

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Sydney part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    students are pretty vibrant,
    most research stuff are pretty good in their own field and are responsible
    most lectures has been well prepared

    Cons

    has an easy attitude on selecting tutors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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