Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated 16 Jul 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "More CRO than Research for Australia"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Melbourne
    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

    Generally the physical resources are excellent - current equipment, and recognition that scientific instrumentation does require lots of maintenance. Most staff are very open to internal collaboration

    Cons

    The organisation is shrinking, but the workload doesn't . There is a huge burden of non-technical staff none of whom have external earnings targets. The senior management team is uninspiring, and seem to live in a different world from the people actually producing outcomes. For example, the executive team is well remunerated, including bonuses, which increased during the 4 years where the EA was stuck, and the rest of us stayed on the same salaries. The internal reward/promotion system is self-initiated (then goes through an review process). Thus the pushy get ahead, and not necessarily the deserving.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible work but lacking performance culture"

    3.0
    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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  3. "CSIRO"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  4. "Publishing for profit or to push science forward?"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Editor in Collingwood
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team at CSIRO Publishing are top-notch, dedicated, professional and they really know their craft (scientific publishing).

    Cons

    The team is wary of senior management, who tend to keep the middle managers in the dark. A major restructure went through in the late noughties that saw many editors given long notice periods, which was terrible for staff morale and the scientific impact of the journals they managed. Some staff are allowed certain perks (e.g .working remotely) without this being explained to others, so there is a fair lack of transparency from senior management that can be seen as 'playing favorites'.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Canberra

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, interesting research problems to work on

    Cons

    Government and Senior Management bureaucracy

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Below expectations for a government science organisation."

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Low stress and fairly secure working conditions, with excellent superannuation compared to standard commercial companies. Excellent work life balance which accounts for the low stress work environment.

    Cons

    Low chance for personal advancement. Average to poor middle and senior management sees advancement of less capable personnel. Low incentive for trying to make large achievements.

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