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Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, apart from the usual problems of academia

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monash University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unpretentious yet high-achieving academic colleagues
    Comfortable modern facilities in Faculty of IT
    Senior academics generally supportive of career growth for juniors
    Flexible work arrangements
    Open to innovative teaching methods

    Cons

    Cynicism and distrust between professional and academic staff
    Increasing weight of bureaucratic micromanagement
    Lack of transparency
    Pessimism about the future of universities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Universities can prosper in the future, but they need to transform themselves. To survive, you must be willing to invest in experimenting now with radically different educational models, such as MOOCs and gamification. And you must give students a reason to prefer your courses. Make education magical, inspiring and compelling. Hire people who can help you to do this, and give them the freedom and resources to unleash their enthusiasm.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Teaching Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Teaching Staff in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Teaching Staff in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great flexible work opportunities.
    Allows you to keep your skills to date and be in touch with day to day feeds.
    Students bring a lot of dynamics and fresh perspective
    Good way of giving back to the community

    Cons

    Class times could vary across semesters
    Consultation Times are often not well utilized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tap into the pool of skills available with the group of Teaching Associates for varied research projects instead of focusing on a select few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Satisfying experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor/Research Associate
    Former Employee - Tutor/Research Associate

    I worked at Monash University

    Pros

    Great facilities. Great faculty and departmental management (engineering) which is forward-looking and keen on self-improvement.

    Cons

    The location of the Clayton campus, though in close proximity to industry, is not a 'happening' area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote industry engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Monash University is an absolute peaceful place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible life style and very friendly colleagues

    Cons

    You need to have your own motivation to make your career a difference.

  6.  

    great Australian University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Contract Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Contract Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful facilities.Multiple locations, in Melbourne, Malayisa and South Africa.
    Good induction processes. good technology.

    Cons

    Hard for sessional staff to secure and coordinate work, as no online process, only face to face networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work-life balance for academics is necessary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Clayton North (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Clayton North (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people in my department are nice and friendly. There is a lot of research money available and a good culture.

    Cons

    There are no health benefits for foreign workers. The academic staff needs to do a lot of administrative work, particularly with regards to travel. The gym is pretty expensive and not so nice. Food on campus is quite bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to think that it cuts cost to have the academic staff do their own travel and admin work, but really these are their highest paid employees and it would make more sense to let them focus on core competencies.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great team, great work/life balance, great role

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Monash University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Caulfield campus is very central, easy to go to city after work
    - Strong work/life balance (9 to 5 95% of the time, basically pushed out the door after 5pm)
    - Great friendly and large team
    - Work never boring (lots of variety)
    - Very collaborative team
    - Rewarding role
    - Progression opportunities for those who stay long enough

    Cons

    - Monash Mobility limits career progression to those with fixed term contracts > 6 months or permanent staff
    - Bureaucracy still a problem in universities (it is a government organisation after all)
    - Salary tends to cap out at higher levels compared to private sector
    - More women than men in education - not as much diversity
    - Didn't get much exposure to senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide career progression opportunities for those who work, regardless of their length of service. Hard to get into a role at a university, especially at the higher/medium levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monash University

    Pros

    Excellent culture dedicated to fostering good science

    Cons

    Short term focus hinders foreign employees from establishing permanent research groups. Difficult for non-Australians to realistically remain at Monash for the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider supporting longer term contract awards and offsetting employee costs for permanent residency.

  10.  

    Great Opportunity for Student Work

    Current Contractor - Tutor/Research Associate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Tutor/Research Associate in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Remuneration great for student employees, flexibility in work hours, convenient campus and great colleagues

    Cons

    Campus can be difficult to get to depending on where you live in Melbourne

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work

  11.  

    Postdoc at Monash Uni

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary (compare to other places), secure and calm.

    Cons

    The progress of research is usually slow, though depends on the group you're in.

    Neutral Outlook

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