Employee Review

  1. 3.0
    Former Employee

    It's Alright Here

    Apr 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Dunedin is a beautiful city and the campus is lovely. Our colleagues who work here truly care about their students, their research, and their jobs. There is an incredible wealth of talent and ingenuity everywhere you look.

    Cons

    Remuneration typically falls within bottom quartile for most given vocations by design, when compared with other Universities. This makes achieving any sort of living wage difficult, if not impossible. There is a historical lack of racial diversity in executive leadership, which feels tone deaf for the times. Many employees suffer from PTSD from the support services review. Procedure often suppresses innovation, which keeps organisation somewhat behind in several areas.

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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Lecture Theatre Invigilator

    Dec 3, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Dunedin, FL
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    Pros

    Flexible for students, good pay rate

    Cons

    Initially takes a long time until payment

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Stable employment but kind of stuck in the mud

    Jun 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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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