Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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  1. "Great place for work life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Software Engineer in Canberra
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance Create impact Open minded

    Cons

    Fixed salary and growth No extra incentives

  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. "review"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours and work-life balance

    Cons

    no private offices for the senior researchers

  4. "If you want pure research, it is a good place to be"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can have great work life balance.

    Cons

    You should be ready to handle something you are not familiar with.

  5. 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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    "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.

  7. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging science Friendly workplace Promote collaborations actively Provide opportunities for career development Promote work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes political interference driving the priorities

  8. "Great people"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

    Pros

    Great people, Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Govt cutting funding each year

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, but low morale"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation full-time

    Pros

    They recruit great people. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Cuts in funding means you see lots of staff leaving. Your experience depends on your business unit leader. Some like to micromanage causing loss of agility and poor customer service

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney
    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

    Excellent work-life balance. Flexible work hours & able to take unpaid leave. Get to work with things that don't need to be sold or make money. Cutting edge projects. Minimal customer disruption. Collaborative atmosphere. Freedom of information.

    Cons

    Run by the government. Government hates us. Continual cost cutting. Retrenchments every Christmas. I feel like a contractor even though I'm a permanent employee. Run down offices. Heartless management practices.

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