AgResearch (NZ) Reviews

Updated 6 Dec 2020

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  1. "Scientist"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Dunedin, Otago

    I have been working at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary nice people great campus

    Cons

    High pressure environment can be beurocratic

  2. "Nice people but no job security"

    3.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely helpful team, learned a lot of new lab techniques

    Cons

    Lack of job security, a lot of fixed term contracts


  3. "Good people bad company attitude towards staff"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Palmerston
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work, has a lot of potential, good work life balance

    Cons

    Bad salary, corporate environment encourages bulling culture, business driven not science driven company

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  4. "Great people, flexible work hours"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Hamilton, Waikato

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great scientists to work with

    Cons

    Too much project management was making it difficult to do science

  5. "Good place for work in New Zealand if you are finance professional"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - FINANCE BUSINESS ADVISOR in Christchurch, Canterbury
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ) for less than a year

    Pros

    People, Company´s culture, Interesting Field, Ability to speak up when you see space for improvement

    Cons

    Lack of formal training (probably only contractor´s issue)

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    "Scientist in AgResearch"

    2.0
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    Research Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AgResearch (NZ)

    Pros

    Your colleagues are great, the work/life balance is good

    Cons

    The current management has lost sight of the fact that AgResearch is a science provider for NZ Agriculture.

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    "Great people, great science"

    4.0
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    Summer Research Assistant in Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ)

    Pros

    The people at AgResearch are wonderful, with excellent communication between different groups. Research is innovative and the summer research position for students is an excellent opportunity and introduction to the scientific industry.

    Cons

    Compensation is not as high as other crown research institutes. Drastic staff reduction in late 2015 due to administrative mismanagement.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Family atmosphere"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hamilton, Waikato
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Very friendly atmosphere, get to know everyone - Large, beautiful campus - Away from town centre, close to university and residential area - Cutting edge research

    Cons

    - As with most research, plague by lack of funding and competitive funding process - Lower than average salary - Limited career development (common in science)

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  9. "Why are they training so many PhD?"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Researcher 
    Recommends

    I worked at AgResearch (NZ) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a fairly laid-back company. I enjoyed my time over there and the management team was very supportive. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    AgResearch trained way too many PhD students and they don't care about their career development. It cost 1/3 to get a PhD student rather than hiring a postdoc and they give little room for scientist to grow.

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