Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Employee Reviews about "csiro"

Updated 17 May 2020

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  • "No cons - CSIRO is an Australian employer of choice(in 17 reviews)

  • "HR & senior management appear unable to traverse these issues(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excelent Employer"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Manager 

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the world's greatest scientists and innovators who are making a real difference to the future of our lives and our planet.

    Cons

    No cons - CSIRO is an Australian employer of choice.

  2. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Intern - Internship in Clayton
    Recommends

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great amount of resources you can make use of, and I got a lot of independence to do my research. Nice collaboration with Monash University.

    Cons

    It was a rather individual project. Seems like you need a PhD to get a job with CSIRO.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just bad."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Canberra
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    equipment, space. Can't say much else that's positive

    Cons

    Bad culture, bad supervision, bad structure, bad support. I don't know a single ECR (postdoc / PhD) who enjoyed their time at CSIRO. No cohesive program, no skill transfer. Very isolated work culture.

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    "Secure job but terrible organisation culture"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Jobs are secure. You literally can do nothing and still get paid a lot of money.

    Cons

    1- Nontransparent 2- Very toxic work culture 3- None existent leadership and very poor management 4- Bullying is common 5- Unqualified individuals (close friends with people in charge of Business Units within CSIRO) get promoted to balance gender and diversity in the organisation (especially executive and management positions). 6- Very exclusive management (performance does not matter but what matters is if one is a member of unofficial exclusive clubs that decide how rewards are decided)

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great for researchers"

    3.0
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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.

  6. "Terrific people to work with in a difficult industry."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Communications Advisor in North Ryde
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is work that inspires you. A place where you know the work being done by the incredible scientists and support staff make a tangible difference to the world around us. There are so many different aspects of the organisation, that there is bound to be a role that inspires you. Everyone I met, had the best intentions and honestly believed in the work the CSIRO did.

    Cons

    The CSIRO is going through a difficult transition, which means lots of changes. Being a government entity also has its own set of challenges. Externally, no one knows about the CSIRO and that can prove to be a challenge when so many people want to work for Google or Apple.

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    "Great people, salary and flexibility"

    4.0
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    Administration 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Great people the salary is above average, flexibility is fantastic. Brilliant research. Professional development encouraged. Opportunities given to up skill.

    Cons

    Lack of job security given the past few years of budget cuts. CEO is completely out of touch with staff and the research that underpins CSIRO.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely weak management and poor work ethic throughout organisation"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to those looking for an easy life. Turning up to work is optional for most low-level employees - making attendance compulsory would be considered bullying by many of those with a public-sector mentality.

    Cons

    Extremely weak management. CEO does not seem to under value of public-good science, has no PR skills, and is taking CSIRO in a terminal direction. Research directors, group leaders, and team leaders range in competency but have very little true power. Some line managers have extremely low work ethic and little understanding of what makes good science or management. Many research scientists and technicians utterly incompetent despite working there for 20+ years.

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  9. "CSIRO"

    3.0
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    Current Contractor - Research Officer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, work that has value, often opportunities to learn and training, it has good industry networks - good paternity leave

    Cons

    Poor management direction, proclaimed vision from senior management is not backed up by action in supporting staff and CSIRO, bit too bureaucratic, difficult to get other government funding

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  10. "Contributing to Society in a Supportive Work Environment"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Newcastle
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for less than a year

    Pros

    CSIRO has a strong understanding of how to organise research, with a clear but malleable sense of strategic direction. The organisation is quite open/flat-structured in terms of who has access to whom. There is an earnest desire to contribute research for the public good. Interface with academia and industry is better than most places, meaning that most projects are directed at some sort of applicable outcome. Good for engineers. Nevertheless, organisational cadence is still only medium-paced, rather than agile. Good benefits - gym membership was a plus. Positive atmosphere driven by love for work breeds a happy culture with good work-life balance. Research has integrity and well trusted (funding sources are transparent, and management is accountable).

    Cons

    As an intern, access was more or less constrained to a certain project, and focus on this area precluded much exploration of what else was on offer/how much freedom researchers at CSIRO have to explore.

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