University of Otago Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2021

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3.5
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University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne
Harlene Hayne
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work environment with friendly people(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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Library

      Apr 27, 2021 - Student Assistant 
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      Pros

      Great support from management, very flexible with hours during times of stress.

      Cons

      Pay was average, shift times inconvenient.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great People, Good Word

      Jul 9, 2021 - Assistant Research Scientist in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      Challenging, interesting work with qualified people.

      Cons

      Old buildings, systems in need of update.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Decent Opportunities but Disconnected

      Jul 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great coworkers and lots of opportunities

      Cons

      Disconnected structure, departments don't talk to each other, bad pay

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Like a curate's egg

      Jul 16, 2021 - Associate Professor in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      Great colleagues and physical environment

      Cons

      Senior management obsessed by neoliberalism

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Alright place to work

      Jul 11, 2021 - Research Fellow in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      Salaries were good for the work you're doing

      Cons

      Toxic environment, very individualist, little cooperation between academics

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    6. 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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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Flexible work hours for a student

      May 21, 2021 - Barista in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      Flexible work hours, able to fit around class

      Cons

      Not a huge amount of hours for casual workers

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Don't! After a decade I have yet to meet a single happy person here.

      Jun 29, 2021 - Associate Professor, College Or University in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      no COVID-19, good investment plan if you can afford it.

      Cons

      Worst academic experience, dreadful to students, staff and faculty.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      UOO review

      May 2, 2021 - Research Assistant in Dunedin, Otago
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -good collaborative networks -highly skilled researchers with diverse backgrounds

      Cons

      -pay for temporary research assistants is not great -short sightedness with regard to staffing assets by higher level management has led to uncertainty about job security, and has effected moral and job satisfaction

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Terrible management

      Jul 4, 2021 - Senior Lecturer in Dunedin, Otago
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      Pros

      Great pay, nice campus, a good commute

      Cons

      The "Otago way": outdated and stifling

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