University of Melbourne

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University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    Pros

    great environment with good facility

    Cons

    hard working , doing experiemnts

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good researchers, terrible administration.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedule in research. I was able to coordinate my time with my adviser and take time off for other projects as needed.
    - Good mentorship by advisers. I learned a lot of new skills in modeling and it was the right balance in terms of hands-on time with my adviser. I also was able to choose where my project was headed

    Cons

    - TERRIBLE administration. They were so late on my paperwork that I lost a chance to apply to a scholarship. There was also very little support and what support there was, was completely overwhelmed by all the requests to ever respond to anything.
    - Not amazing office culture. There weren't many opportunities to interact socially with other researchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire some better administrators and office managers.

  3.  

    Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Great work life balance and conditions, bonus leave over Christmas
    Good team and collaboration within division
    Very nice people to work with
    Above industry pay with additional super

    Cons

    Low career opportunities unless you want to carve out a career in the University,
    Training was average and targeted too broadly (ie. available to all academic staff, or all professional staff)
    Not a dynamic fast moving environment
    Can be difficult to work with people from other divisions
    Too many layers of senior management - takes too long to make decisions, too many committees etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At a senior level, make decisions faster and communicate more rapidly to staff
    Processes for decision making unclear and need to be improved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tutor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    Cons

    Not enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    pretty good pay, experience will depend on the department.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for a university.

    Cons

    Unimelb is all about brand image, it is not backed up at the level of the department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    Pros

    relaxed culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    everything takes forever to get approved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice, but laden with bureaucracy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Generally nice people to work with. Relaxed environment and no corporate nonsense.

    Cons

    Absurd and unnecessary bureaucracy causes work to sometimes be laboursome

  9.  

    Lots of money for little work but no prospects

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

    I worked at University of Melbourne part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great salary rates. Fun work teaching smart kids. Okay support from management.

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic, no real work prospects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort into internal promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very frustrating if you are accustomed to pace, progress and accountability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communication Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Communication Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Good maternity leave policy
    Good superannuation (which makes up for the low wages)
    Good workplace for administrators who are not particularly talented nor ambitious.
    Good job security
    Very very bright students and some very bright academics and research staff
    Good location
    Good governance and policy
    Not much work pressure - very 9 to 5.

    Cons

    Senior and executives managers are hired/promoted on account of their academic accolades in a very narrow field rather than their ability to lead and run a multimillion dollar portfolio. Deans, Heads of School and Directors are responsible for administration and management tasks far beyond their ability and many have little experience or the performance record in managing people and/or financial sustainability.
    Change is very slow and bureaucratic.
    Not overly challenging.
    Pay is not based on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept that the university is not run like a business and there is still a mentality that students are not customers (despite the premium pricetag for the product). A lot of talk, not much action.

  11.  

    Good place for gaining experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Good experience but not a place to build your career.

    Cons

    Poor management of people,could improve how it treats people .

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