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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Reviews

Updated 19 Jul 2019

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93%
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69%
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Dr. Larry Marshall
61 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great flexibility and attention to work life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • "Friendly environment, flexible working hours, advanced scientific research capability and good reputation(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "CSIRO is currently favouring processes over people(in 13 reviews)

  • "The senior management team is uninspiring, and seem to live in a different world from the people actually producing outcomes(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place for growth"

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    Former Employee - Innovation Consultant in North Ryde
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to do meaningful work, excellent L&D, excellent care for others.

    Cons

    Internal systems and processes can be incredibly frustrating and often based on long standing personal referral pathways which take time to build

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-04
  2. "Meaningful and impactful work"

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    Current Employee - Research Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Providing meaningful and impactful work. Lots of interesting opportunities.

    Cons

    Internal processes can be frustrating.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-20
  3. "Flexible work but lacking performance culture"

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    Former Employee - Engineer 

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In general excellent work life balance with very flexible working hours (with the exception of a couple of projects that were definitely not so) Excellent career development opportunities for post docs

    Cons

    Difficult to progress or transition to technical role unless PhD qualified. Extremely bureaucratic in role promotion that makes advancement difficult for high achievers at the start of their careers (not applicable for PhD qualified employees as they typically start at a high enough salary band not to be effected, issue particularly relevant entering at CSOF 3 & potentially below) Promotions more to do with longevity than capability. Can be inflexible in meeting demands of industrial clients within short time frames, seemingly due to bureaucratic systems that prevent mobilisation of the workforce. HR & senior management appear unable to traverse these issues. Seemingly a lot of dead wood. Very frustrating achieving double the output of colleagues who are at higher pay brackets. Recent redundancies have resulted largely in people who wanted to leave leaving while the dead wood remains.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-16
  4. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Canberra
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    laid back, do you own research, many oppurtunities to learn

    Cons

    Cant think of any cons

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-01
  5. "Reasonably good"

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    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Smart people, who in general, are trying to use their science to have a positive impact on Australian society. -Flexible working hours. -Its unique cross-disciplinary nature enables some exciting and ambitious projects to be undertaken.

    Cons

    -Salaries are no longer competitive with industry or academia -Too many small projects that are not funded adequately to compete; either against industry or in the academic space. -Strong tension between doing science and developing products, which sometimes works out ok, but sometimes does not work out.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-07-07
  6. "Some projects are cutting edge technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting, sometimes exciting Projects, smart people

    Cons

    A lot of management getting paid high bucks, but not doing anything

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-21
  7. "working at CSIRO"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work and enjoy yourself for what you love

    Cons

    uncertainty about future funding, and objectives at work can be political

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-17
  8. "Great for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Executive Manager in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance Interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    CSIRO is currently favouring processes over people.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-26
  9. "Interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Lindfield
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging and will be working with world experts

    Cons

    Government interference makes for a lot of paperwork

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-05-28
  10. "Depressing place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    I was there for nearly 5 years and I was on the picket line 6 times. Low morale, low pay, constant fighting for workers benefits between union and management.

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    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation2019-06-04
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