University of Otago Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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3.8
83%
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University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne
Harlene Hayne
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly and competitive work environment(in 8 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours and personal agency over how to get the job done(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Small town; limited job opportunities for certain specialties(in 3 reviews)

  • "Since the support services review commenced, many of the general staff are having to bridge the gap for more than one position(in 3 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "University Tutor"

    5.0
    Former Employee - University Tutor 

    I worked at University of Otago part-time

    Pros

    Great employer, very supportive and professional

    Cons

    My employment occurred during COVID-19 Lockdown period. So I was unable to benefit from the full in-class teaching experience!

  2. "Good work, OId culture"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 

    I worked at University of Otago full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Unisaver scheme, one Hour lunchbreak

    Cons

    Lacking Culture, old School employer


  3. "Otago University"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in Wellington, Wellington

    I have been working at University of Otago full-time

    Pros

    Great Student life, very open and accessible classroom

    Cons

    Cold, and course organisation is not very structered

  4. "Otago University"

    1.0
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Dunedin, Otago

    I have been working at University of Otago full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues and campus setting

    Cons

    Poor management direction with little or no support for staff. Job descriptions don't align with realities of position undertaken.

  5. "Great place to study"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student 

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

    Pros

    Very diverse, collaborative and encouraging environment and faculty

    Cons

    The weather might not be the best

  6. "awesome place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Dunedin, Otago
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Otago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance, great opportunity to learn

    Cons

    less exposure, less work opportunities

  7. "Mostly great"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Wellington, Wellington
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Otago full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility and autonomy and work that matters

    Cons

    Soft funded researchers have to find research funding. Difficult to get to Associate Professor as there is gender inequity in the criteria for promotion

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  8. "Slower pace"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Dunedin, Otago
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Otago full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Full time is 37.5 hr More relaxed environment

    Cons

    Decision making often takes much longer

  9. "Great"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dunedin, Otago
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Otago full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment and campus is beautiful

    Cons

    Toxic work culture and not enough benefits

  10. "Fine"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Dunedin, Otago

    I have been working at University of Otago part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff discounts, study support, own office

    Cons

    Only part time so can't comment

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