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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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3.5 37 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many chiefs, not enough indians

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementBreak 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A greedy bureaucracy, obsessed with appearance at the expense of substance

    Research Fellow (Current Employee)

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

    ConsSteadily 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Up and down.

    Coordinator (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsAccess to great resources and information.

    ConsLack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers

    MPhil (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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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