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University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people - not always consistent management coming from the top.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful interacting with students - a lot of great staff.

    Cons

    Not always cohesion between departments which could lead to confusion for staff and students, especially with referrals. Also a tendency to instigate large policy reviews that didn't seem to go anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards treating casual staff better - there should be some professional development to support them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging place that is Ever Changing in the Heart of Melbourne

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    Former Employee - Manged Services in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manged Services in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Fantastic Location and Facilities. Leader in may disciplines but old and tired in other disciplines.

    Cons

    Great brand , fantastic location , can get tiring with endless streams of staff and students year after year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    PHD Candidate

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of freedom to pursue your own interests.

    Cons

    The stipend is very low and often below minimum wage for the hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase stipends and decrease total PHD student count

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  5.  

    I Worked in the administration for a year and then a faculty for nine years before taking retirement benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Incvigorating environment with lots of academically gifted people. Good comraderie

    Cons

    The two recent staff rationalisations (2010 and 2014) have been traumatic for some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good ship going...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience working for a central area

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    Current Employee - Manager (Professional Services) in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager (Professional Services) in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    The environment takes some time to get your bearing in. There are notable tradeoffs but ultimately, is a very rewarding environment to learn to navigate. Have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    The weight of "this is how we've always done it" makes things very difficult to achieve cooperation from the rest of the University areas on pretty much anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to run professional areas as a business, do so in earnest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience. Great working environment and opportunities to learn new things.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to work if you are in the right team

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    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Good salaries for the sector and a great location on the city fringe. There are some really talented people working here and lots of positive work on the academic side which can be inspiring. It's Australia's best university so will always look good on your resume, and it's a big organisation so there is room to move around.

    Cons

    It can be extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical, and it can take a long time to get anything done. Culture in some areas is better than in others; the senior management don't always put enough effort into building a positive team culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great work culture, overly bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, better than average remuneration, room to move within organisation and between institutions, transferable skills.Good variety of work

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and decentralised. Red tape inevitably leading to process inefficiency. Lack of accountability in certain areas. Excessive amount of institutional knowledge required in order to fulfill often basic job functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding and productive

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

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great research and great people

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as in industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No major issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience, not a long term option.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance, laid back environment. Great people to work with, nice to work somewhere that does make a positive contribution to the community through its research. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Too much University bureaucracy, too many employees who aren't competitive but simply stick around for the staff benefits. There aren't enough career progression opportunities as there are in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be greater focus on innovation and performance management of employees. Those who under perform should be pushed out.

    Recommends

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