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    Top-heavy management; academic staff peripheral to much decision making

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Great location and better than average salary and benefits. Emphasis on research and hosting academic conferences that further international scholarly interchange. Select group of students who make teaching a joy.

    Cons

    Little input from academic staff on many important decisions, which tend to be made at the executive level by managerial types. Top-down style of governance is not appropriate for a research university of this type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency in decision making, more involvement of academic staff in formulating and finalising governance-related decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too many chiefs, not enough indians

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    Great physical environment, lots of very smart people, best students and research staff in the land. Superb rank-and-file administrative and academic staff who soldier on and make the best of poor management. Has huge potential to be a genuinely top level university in the global context.

    Cons

    Very clumsy management from above coupled with arrogant 'we know best' approach that determinedly shuts out staff. Uni PR is more important than staff welfare. Staff are given only a token voice in major decisions. Meanwhile, everyday things like IT systems, student enquiry systems, etc, don't work well at all. Many staff are very overworked and pressured by staff cuts and broken systems. Endless rounds of reviews and restructures constantly destabilise and drive down morale, while management sails on, patting each other on the back, blissfully unaware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the circles of groupthink. Come down from the clouds and learn to actually talk to staff. If the senior management team were half as capable at their jobs as the average overworked admin or research staffer at this uni, it would be unbeatable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A greedy bureaucracy, obsessed with appearance at the expense of substance

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    Good academics occasionally visit
    Good location close to CBD
    Slightly less bureaucratic than state government

    Cons

    Steadily increasing bureaucracy at the expense of productivity.
    Full of lazy and uninspiring academics with low ambition
    Not a good place for ambitions people
    Excessive focus on advertising and manufacturing 'excellence' to attract foreign students
    Decades behind the cutting edge in research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't run a University like McDonald's. Re-orient the focus on substance rather than profit. The performance management culture and glossy brochures scare away good academics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Up and down.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Access to great resources and information.

    Cons

    Lack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers

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    Current Employee - MPhil in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - MPhil in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Highly ranked University, Nice coworkers, great location, department is decently equipped, also my office is next to the best coffee shop...

    Cons

    Management needs to improve the way international students are treated. Research positions should be offered because the Uni is interested in research rather than the fees...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to improve the way international students are treated. Research positions should be offered because the Uni is interested in research rather than the fees...

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