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Pros
  • "Great work environment, really good fellow employees(in 9 reviews)

  • "Relaxed atmosphere, work life balance and generous holidays(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Some disgruntled staff due to the University re-cutting its cloth to suit the situation it found itself in post-earthquakes(in 9 reviews)

  • "This university is not for international academics(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      PhD student in department electrical Engineering and school of biological sciences

      Feb 22, 2018 - PhD Student in Christchurch, Canterbury
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      Pros

      Great culture and no sexism, more true of electrical engineering. Academics and technicians are very willing to help in both departments.

      Cons

      Some staff are thoroughly overworked in electrical engineering. This is also true for biological sciences but the problem seems worse.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      PhD Candidate

      Nov 6, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Have some of the best academics and professors in the world

      Cons

      Many changes in the working environment and space lately

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Bullying Parochial Mediocracy

      Nov 7, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good Sabbatical system, many motivated students, decent infrastructure, many great colleagues and a lovely campus.

      Cons

      Management and administration is based on revenge, petty politics to soothe fragile egos, and little to do with reality. The culture is extremely xenophobic and day-to-day management is mostly by bullies who abuse their power with full support from upper management. Christchurch is a great city for work-life balance but if your boss is a bully (highly likely at UC) then life can be living hell at this University! Cannot expect the ambitious academics in power to keep up with their own field of self-proclaimed expertise.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Look Elsewhere

      Jul 3, 2020 - Senior Lecturer 
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      Pros

      New Zealand has eliminated COVID-19

      Cons

      This university is not for international academics. Maybe if you already live in Christchurch or somewhere else in New Zealand and would like to give teaching a try, it might be worth looking here. Otherwise, it's a complete dead-end. The New Zealand government abolished academic tenure in this country several decades ago, and the universities here freely lay-off even well known professors whenever they decide they want to cut their budgets. I don't have any idea why anybody from another country would even consider working here. Most people who work here are utterly mediocre and more concerned with climbing mountains or fishing or walking in the woods than their careers.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      A Truly Nasty Place!

      Mar 14, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      We have a new Vice Chancellor who seems to want to turn this place around (though this won't be easy and may not even be possible).

      Cons

      First, our administration spent a ton of cash on a project of self-sabotage driven by an arrogant, glorified local software hustler, a smarmy and sleazy former medic, a washed-up and bumbling viola player and a narcissistic former newspaper reporter who managed actually to fail his own PhD (!). Our new administration seems to want to fix things now, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for any miraculous turn-around at this fourth-rate university that routinely attacks its own academics. Stay smart and stay away!

      7 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      don't waste your time

      Aug 13, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The city this university is in has a good public arts initiative called 'Gap Filler'.

      Cons

      This is a small and insignificant university that has worked very hard for nearly a decade now to make itself even smaller and more insignificant. And it has achieved this outcome. The place suffered a bunch of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that drove away some students. So UC responded by publicly attacking a bunch of their own departments, which drove away many of their best academics and a lot more students a few years after the earthquakes. Don’t waste any time on this place.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Institution in Disarray

      Jun 20, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Most of the good things there once were to say about this place no longer apply. Most high-quality academics that once worked here have left for greener pastures.

      Cons

      This university has been vandalised by a senior "manager" who refers to members of the faculty as “passengers” on his bus. The arrogance and idiocy in this pretty much speak for themselves and say it all.

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      12 people found this review helpful
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