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Sonic Healthcare Reviews

Updated 5 December 2018
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Sonic Healthcare CEO & Managing Director Colin Goldschmidt
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Pros
  • "Challenging work environment, solid employees" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedule to balance work/family" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "The sad part: This comes from the highest levels of management" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Low morale, repetitive, overnight hours are depressing" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Scientific Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Great team, superb culture and excellent managers.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment.


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Results/Switch Board Clerk in North Melbourne
    Current Employee - Results/Switch Board Clerk in North Melbourne

    I have been working at Sonic Healthcare part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice staff, easy team to work with.
    good hours, very flexible for staff members.
    reasonable pay

    Cons

    often short-staffed.

    Sometime policy makers do not consult employees before introducing new procedures

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work! happy to be a part of this team

  3. "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonic Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growing.
    Like minded people.
    Work life balance good.

    Cons

    Training not formalised.
    Old style HR processes.

    Advice to Management

    More people focus.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management, nepotism, low pay, unrealistic workloads"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to talk yourself into getting a job as the interview process is very unprofessional. Stepping stone to something better in the health industry.

    Cons

    Poor management and very low pay. Nepotism is rife as is favouritism. Little to no training but getting your butt kicked from management abundant.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your staff, actually listen. TRAIN your staff. REWARD staff for excelling.


  5. "Not a lot of support and training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues and other managers were better to work with than others

    Cons

    Not a lot of support and training, heavy workload


  6. "Lab Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment very supportive

    Cons

    Management are very unhelpful at times


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Lots to learn, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Limited career advancement in labs

  8. "Customer Service Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Gym, tea room and parking onsite

    Cons

    low salary and was not as transparent

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  9. "Great employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sonic Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Staff were lovely (but it's a huge company so can depend where you work). Supervisors were quick to identify and fix problems. I enjoyed coming in to work there every day and was sad to leave.

    Cons

    Not really a con but pay seems to be in line with the market rate (which is low) although this varies significantly depending upon your roles and qualification.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lucky that it's a national supported company or it wouldn't still be afloat."

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    Current Employee - Administrative and Support in Adelaide
    Current Employee - Administrative and Support in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonic Healthcare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy. Flexibility. Best service and resources in pathology sector.
    A huge number of passionate and skilled workers.
    Pathologists working for the company are world class and respected by medical community.
    Majority of services provided in the state rather than being sent interstate.

    Cons

    Disorganised - so many plans that never come to fruition.
    Fear culture - most departments live in fear of their jobs.
    Discrimination - huge disparity in pay for doing the same job. If you are not a white heterosexual male you will not be equal.
    Intimidation by management - no direction or accountability, unless they want to shift blame onto the worker.
    Colleagues commonly disappear overnight without explanation.
    Employees expected to turn a blind eye to unethical behaviour.
    HR purely exists to protect management, not the employee.
    No development or training.
    Promotions based on who has been there the longest, not on skill.
    Those who suggest improvements are viewed as troublemakers.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and hire people based on skill rather than nepotism.
    Value employees and give positive reinforcement.
    Racism and sexism are not ok.