Massey University

  www.massey.ac.nz
  www.massey.ac.nz

Massey University Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
9 Reviews
3.1
9 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
CEO
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A good employeer

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

    I have been working at Massey University full-time

    Pros

    Good workmates; Opportunity to get involved in lots of different projects; Friendly Atmosphere; Technical Skill-set Utilised; Well Defined Roles; Flexibility in terms of working arrangements.

    Cons

    Not all people are "A-Players" - there are some people of cruise control; You need to be good at Self-Managing if you actually want to get stuff done and see results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes need to be seen through where change has been proposed;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Mind-changingly memorable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Team Member in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Help Desk Team Member in Palmerston North (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Massey University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very pleasant working environment, fosters collaboration. Decent benefits even for the contractual employee. Trust based system in managing employee shifts, and time-offs.

    Cons

    The only con during my short tenure of employment was the fact that they were only taking on contractual employments. I would have stayed if offered a permanent role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think allowing IT Help Desk personnel to rotate between functional departments would allow the unit to function much better as it will enable them to see the big picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good learning experience

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

    I worked at Massey University

    Pros

    Learn and develop from working with highly skilled staff.

    Cons

    Work pressure can be ridiculous at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poorly managed, with faculty inbreeding

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

    I have been working at Massey University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The "good" thing about Massey's College of Business are the low expectations of achievement. You can, and many do, glide through the life of mediocrity. Palmerston North has cheap housing, but the Auckland campus is in the middle of one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in New Zealand. People can be genuinely nice, as is the norm in New Zealand.

    Cons

    It is a regular occurrence that people get promoted based on whom they know (the best way is to be a buddy with the vice-chancellor). While some faculty are genuinely good in research, promotion is basically based on the number of publications, and the expectation is to publish in C journals. Funding for conference travel and research is severely limited, even by New Zealand standards.

    There is a general race to the bottom in the quality of the teaching, funneled by the need to capture an ever-increasing share of an ever-declining pool of foreign students. This is done by lowering standards, so much so that the Chinese university officials visiting other NZ universities to establish exchange programmes have asked "You don't let everyone pass like Massey, do you?".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lack of vision and knowledge of your own identity is severely detrimental to the reputation of the university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Part time work enjoyable and relevant to study

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Palmerston North (New Zealand)

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

    Pros

    Good hourly rate, left to get on with it and trusted which felt really good.

    Cons

    A few issues with communication effectively that meant I wasn't always in the right place at the right time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre university with excellent staff who are under-appreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor/Senior Tutor in Albany (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Tutor/Senior Tutor in Albany (New Zealand)

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

    Pros

    Great students, nice facilities (for NZ standards), good pay for NZ standards. Good co-worker comradeship (misery loves company?)

    Cons

    Tutors do the majority of the teaching, with lecturers solely focused on their research. When PhD qualified tutors try to get hired into the next level, it is near-impossible as Massey mainly hires overseas-educated lecturers. The result is brilliant tutors who are much-loved by students frequently leaving to find better opportunities elsewhere. There is no career-track for the grunt-work, exploited tutors at Massey, and therefore the education becomes second rate for the fees-paying students. All in all, a ridiculous system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire lecturers from your current pool of very talented tutors BEFORE accepting applications from overseas people. Appreciate what you have, and pay back your exploited teachers/tutors with fulltime jobs, instead of just continuous exploitative practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    A Great Place to Work and Learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Wellington (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Wellington (New Zealand)

    I have been working at Massey University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays for my ongoing training/education while working at the same time. Flexible hours and rewarding work.

    Cons

    Academia does not pay well and particularly in New Zealand, it is difficult for post doctoral students to get a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee morale. Out of work functions, retreats, etc. can be beneficial to work on building team-bonding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    University management is secretive, cliquish, and sometimes ruthless toward the lower-downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmerston North (New Zealand)

    I worked at Massey University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The role of extramural or distance learning at Massey is a positive feature. Palmerston North has a lot of features to recommend it in terms of lifestyle. If you can avoid getting stabbed in the back at work, this can be a good place to settle down.

    Cons

    Management, staff, and union subcultures are blighted by much opacity, rancor, and duplicity. Some senior managers even seem to take pleasure in sabotaging the career of a given staff member. Backbiting and turf and fiefdom battles are not uncommon in the campus subculture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift the central management culture to one of treating staff and lower-ranking managers with more human decency and less Machiavellian secrecy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Institute of Fundamental Sciences is not a Science center, full of politics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Palmerston North (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Palmerston North (New Zealand)

    I worked at Massey University

    Pros

    If you absolutely love sheep and can't find anywhere else to work, it's a wonderful place.
    The surrounding natural environment is probably it's best quality.

    Cons

    Science takes a back seat to politics quite often. Poor funding and lack of useful help for students are also not the best qualities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and focus more on real Science, and give voice to both students and publishing professors involved in actual science.

    Doesn't Recommend

Work at Massey University? Share Your Experiences

Massey University

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.