1. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Technician in Dunedin, Otago
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Otago for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A friendly and inclusive environment

    Cons

    Occasional uncertainty over contract rollover

  1. "Lecture Theatre Invigilator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dunedin, FL

    I have been working at University of Otago part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible for students, good pay rate

    Cons

    Initially takes a long time until payment

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stable employment but kind of stuck in the mud"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Otago full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Job security, empathetic superiors, and supportive co-workers within academic departments really do make it a nice place to work. After working in several academic depts, in several divisions, I found people were consistently realistic about a life-work balance, barring one division in particular (check Cons). Reasonable supplies/tools to get the job done (barring one division - check Cons), excellent staff support via the library system, hardworking talented IT division looking after everyone, good benefits/sick leave, moderately decent salaries.

    Cons

    Very little progression available, upwards, sideways... people tend to get pigeon-holed into exactly one job with little opportunity to train to move upwards out of that job. Any academic training is partially or fully on the staff member's shoulders, and they restrict the number of hours you can be out of the office (etc) if you want to attend lectures/labs. The Humanities Division is so strapped for cash you'd better not ask your HoD for a text book, a new computer, a new office chair... it gets ridiculous at times. Watch your stationery usage too, they panic over that. People are, as I said before, great about a work-life balance. Just not in Health Sciences. I found that for both academic and general staff the hours, especially unpaid hours, are terrible. You can be bullied into working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, and they'll flippantly tell you to just "take time in lieu when we're not busy", and the depts are always busy (thanks to summer school, evening tests, etc). If you don't do those extra hours don't expect to get a good review each year - that'll affect any pay raises. You'll be labeled "unhelpful" and not progress through pay levels. I saw a lot of staff get caught out by that in their first year. They don't care if you have a new baby, a sick kid, a sick spouse, etc. Work comes first. Note that Humanities and Sciences seem less stern in this area. (I have no data on Commerce).

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