University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and conditions, bonus leave over Christmas (in 4 reviews)

  • Great location and better than average salary and benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work (in 2 reviews)

  • Little input from academic staff on many important decisions, which tend to be made at the executive level by managerial types (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. research fellow

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best pay for a University job

    Cons

    Difficult to progress past a certain level, Huge pressure to publsh in top journals, competitive between co workers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees mental health


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    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to great resources and information.

    Cons

    Lack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.


  7. 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 Management

    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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