University of Melbourne
3.5 of 5 35 reviews
www.unimelb.edu.au Melbourne, Australia 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 22, 2014

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University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander

Elizabeth A Alexander

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    Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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

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

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

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    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsAcademic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    ConsNot enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    pretty good pay, experience will depend on the department.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsPay is good for a university.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosrelaxed culture, good work/life balance

    Conseverything takes forever to get approved

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice, but laden with bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsAbsurd and unnecessary bureaucracy causes work to sometimes be laboursome

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    Lots of money for little work but no prospects

    Tutor (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

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

    ConsHeavily bureaucratic, no real work prospects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore effort into internal promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Communication Manager (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementAccept 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.

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    Good place for gaining experience.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood experience but not a place to build your career.

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

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    A strange place by commercial measures... but then again, it's a university for crying out loud...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosif you can survive the speed (or lack thereof) and want to retire safely, this is a place for you. great for people with no aspirations, professional or otherwise.

    Conslow wage, aging staff, no real incentives to develop, political in an academic sort of way, slow moving, academic in nature, no respect for professional staff

    Advice to Senior Managementhard to say really. It is all relative to the education environment. Something tells me that the "university of the future" isn't going to look like this.

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