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NSW Department of Education and Communities Reviews

Updated 28 September 2017
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NSW Department of Education and Communities Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli
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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Parramatta
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Parramatta
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working condition with great culture and values.

    Cons

    Application process is long winded.

    Advice to Management

    Give career progression opportunities to hard worker.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bullying is ignored and friends are promoted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good and the hours are good.

    Cons

    No one is interested in actually doing any work, everyone is horrified of change, and there are bullies and even HR complaints from multiple staff members just mean it's ignored, or the person is moved to another equal level role. There is no way to ever progress your career and once you're in a pay grade, you are there forever.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell us it's great to work here when the turnover is ridiculous, there's open name calling, high turnover, and people storm out of meetings. THIS IS NOT NORMAL.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Rapidly deteriorating environment"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Office Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Corporate Office Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some truly amazing projects and initiatives going on. Some people truly are there for the right reasons and passionate about what they do. The pay is ok, benefits like maternity leave and sick leave are good.

    Cons

    Massive issues with culture - bullying is rife. Lots of sychopants and incompetent management. Turnover is significant. Blame shifting, narcissist executive are everywhere. Not worth the impact on your health. Very few areas that are enjoyable working in.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave.


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  5. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Sydney
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really helped me refine behavioural management and classroom management strategies, lots of initiatives that try to bring the best out of young graduate teachers

    Cons

    Rigid hiring system that has a long wait list for permanency. Staff are overworked and not rewarded adequately for the hours and effort to make public education a quality one that competes with other sectors. High rate of teacher burn outs. Only the best teachers seem to survive!

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on retaining good employees and incentives for permanent staff to grow rather than being complacent after grinding for many years into permanency.


  6. "Blacktown - A Corporate HR Nightmare"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacktown
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacktown
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time

    Pros

    You will learn what type of leader not to become.
    There is some amazing talent coming through the doors

    Cons

    The culture!
    Do you want to gain experience in dealing with a psychopath ED?
    Do you want to watch skilled, passionate and quality staff rapidly burn out?
    Then this is the place for you!

    I am consistently amazed that the Department of Education, so intent on marketing their zero tolerance of bullying in schools, blatantly ignores or seemingly endorses this behaviour in their corporate space and senior executive team to the detriment of lower ranked staff.
    It is a shame watching so many skilled, passionate and talented staff become incredibly damaged in a workplace, and it is heartbreaking watching the upper echelons be notified or aware of numerous independent cases of bullying, harassment, wastage and gross negligence elect to ignore and/or whitewash each and every one of them.

    It is somehow worse when even those in The Executive team are fully aware and even tolerate that behaviour themselves from their direct reports - Corporate Services, I’m looking at you.
    Start utilising the policies you've developed and protect yourselves and your teams.

    Advice to Management

    I was hopeful that the new Secretary would not tolerate this behaviour from his executive team, but yet again, there is no action.

    Want to instil confidence in your staff Mr Scott? Prove that you can provide staff with a safe place to work. Prove to us that those tick-a-box policies actually MEAN something and that gross negligence, intentional bullying and horrendous, narcissistic behaviour will not be tolerated and will instead be handled appropriately.

    This is how to instil confidence and build your staff up, instead of ruining great, committed and talented people.

    Stop breeding a toxic culture so rife in bullying and nepotism. Instead, nurture and support your staff to develop to their great potential.
    This is an organisation ripe for change and has incredible potential to build a world renowned team, but needs a HUGE cultural overhaul.

    The proof is in the action, or inaction taken.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Profound waste of taxpayer money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time

    Pros

    The hours, pay and benefits are good for corporate staff.

    Cons

    There are people here who do literally nothing and it's impossible to get rid of them. There are others who are actively destructive to their peers, projects, and the entire process - and it is also impossible to get rid of them. I can't fathom how people get away with the reckless behaviour. Management is utterly spineless from the lowest level up. There are no consequences for squandering time, resources, or being abusive to people. If you do well, there's no reward for that either. It's impossible to get recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Actually address performance issues rather than ignoring them. Reward employees who try and work hard, rather than just ignoring them, too.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture, incompetent staff"

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

    Pros

    Flex that's about it really

    Cons

    Toxic toxic toxic and incompetent culture. Avoid wherever possible

    Advice to Management

    Lol.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Go private instead"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NSW Department of Education and Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You aren't beholden to rich parents. No forelock-tugging or kowtowing.

    Cons

    Pay section is dreadful. Outrageous bureaucracy and rampant credentialism. Incompetent bureaucrats lord it over teaching staff. Micromanagement by bureaucrats. Poorly written and terrible department-wide policies.

    Advice to Management

    Devolve all management, hiring and pay rates to schools.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "If you are talented and smart, this place is not for you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The main office is near Circular Quay, and you can take lovely walks at lunch time

    Cons

    Management are too busy trying to cover up mistakes made. In doing so they have failed to notice the talented staff they have working for them.
    Teams are micromanaged to the point where they are not allowed to make decisions for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Please quit. You will do the Department a huge favour.


  11. "Good Perks. Unmotivating Workplace."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NSW Department of Education and Communities  (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flex time is great. Salary is reasonable. Day length is short (35 hour week).

    Cons

    Many people are there to bludge. There is your typical government bureaucracy. A lot of women looking to go places despite not having the skills - so expect some backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Innovation and less bureaucracy would go a long way.


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