University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated July 8, 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. good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great environment with good facility

    Cons

    hard working , doing experiemnts


  2. Helpful (2)

    Little girl with a curl, right in the middle of her forehead (Professional Staff)

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    When she's good, she's very very good: - Work alongside great, intelligent people - Excellent sense of camaraderie among coworkers - My department Managers have all been fantastic - Pay is good, 17% super is excellent, good recognition of entitlements like parental leave - Opportunities to progress in your career path are quite plentiful

    Cons

    When she's bad, she's horrid: - The restructure has been bad, really bad. There's no easy way to let go hundreds of staff, but a lot of the communication about it felt as though it were cloaked in a false optimism with language about "improving processes". It's about fixing the bottom line, we know it, just be honest about it. - Senior management for Professional Staff seem to have very little grip on the reality of day-to-day work and processes here at times. There's a lot of waffle about successes when services can in reality be underfunded, chaotic and dysfunctional. - Organisation can have a lot of internal politics. - IT systems are quite poor and go out of service on a regular basis. - There's a new emphasis from Senior Management on getting things done, but often there's too much rush put on things. More emphasis needs to be put into better, more sensible planning - sometimes it feels like ideas were thought up in the bath last night and presented as Priority One the next morning. Bad decisions made on the fly and then un-done six months later.

    Advice to Management

    More focus needs to put into the ability to analyse and plan a business. Generally speaking, you have shown the ability to employ great people - but bad decision-making practice has embedded itself in the University and a more methodical, consultative approach is needed.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Difficult Transformation Period

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    17% super mat leave 37.25 hour week

    Cons

    After an organisational restructure some new senior management (or those transferred into new areas) are more focussed on serving themselves than improving the University for students & employees. An already bureaucratic, slow-moving political organisation has now ground to a halt. Projects area has particularly stalled and most staff are looking for new opportunities. Fixed term staff are being employed on extremely short projects even though there is a huge backlog of projects to be delivered. There has also been a large reduction in roles in the 90-120k salary range so limited opportunities for progression within the organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Improve and streamline governance processes and encourage senior management to take a University first approach. Manage by exception, don't micromanage your staff as it makes them feel untrusted and unvalued. Value the knowledge and experience of staff who are experts in their field.


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  5. World-class, research-intensive university with unfortunately not so world-class respect for its army of research staff.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkville (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great take-home pay (best of all Australian universities) high world-ranking => good to have on CV great location

    Cons

    bureaucracy is overwhelming if you require research labs - be prepared to put up with suboptimal facilities for a (very) long time as PostDoc you are second-class staff compared to professional staff and tenured academics work/life balance depends too much on your line manager despite clear policies

    Advice to Management

    more support for working parents in the form of guaranteed childcare places remove discrimination of research-contingent funded staff (severance pay, permanency, superannuation, work/life balance) do away with all those professional staff in the faculties that duplicate work central already does (MRO, faculty research admin) and invest that money in additional tenured Level B positions


  6. Management getting stingier by the year

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No one bothers you as long as you get your work done. Good colleagues generally and professional staff mostly helpful.

    Cons

    IT generally lacking; constant problems. New policies don't often make sense and creates duplicate work instead of being more efficient. Poor planning.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap. There'll be a bigger price to pay in the long run.


  7. 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 a 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 Management

    - Hire some better administrators and office managers.


  8. Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Tutor

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    Cons

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


  10. pretty good pay, experience will depend on the department.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

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

    Pros

    relaxed culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    everything takes forever to get approved



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