Melbourne Business School Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Very enjoyable

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Melbourne Business School as a contractor

    Pros

    Interesting research with practical, commercial application

    Cons

    More political than I thought it would be although this didn't negatively impact me


  2. Excellet

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent support and commaderie. Free snacks is a plus!

    Cons

    Work culture is a little on the boring side.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Something needs to change if the rankings position is going to improve, start innovating!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great academics who are some of the best in their fields in Australia, pleasant working environment, learning potential, bright students who are committed to maintaining the schools premium local brand.

    Cons

    Toxic environment with very little collaboration between professional staff. The other reviewers summed it up well, a finger pointing, bullet dodging, blame orientated culture. Over the last 12 months the staff turnover has been very high.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and adopt a collaborative, supportive work environment.


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  5. business school needs internal review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good student mix, premium brand recognition in Australia, great location, part of university of Melbourne and now merged with Faculty of Business and Economics so greater choice of subjects and lecturers; great executive education offering

    Cons

    Bullying culture which came from previous Dean and has remained in place; not a lot of competence surrounding the current Dean at a senior level; lots of same old same old, not much innovative thinking or acceptance of it; new dean wants students to experience failure but not part of the risk profile of the school, not sure that staff can translate the strategy into outcomes for their divisions


  6. Great opportunity to develop cutting edge training

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Independence, x, x, x, x

    Cons

    nothing, x, x, x, x

    Advice to Management

    Better organisation and facilities would be greatly appreciated


  7. Helpful (2)

    Could be a great place if leaders could convey a vision and plan for the future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. You get to work with some wonderful and very dedicated people. Front-line staff work very hard to deliver a superior service and are very proud of what they achieve. The product (both Executive Education and the MBA) are very well renowned. If you get "in" with the faculty, they can be an interesting resource. Good salary for a not-for-profit organisation too. Good balance of professional, corporate, and educational work. Delivery of the products is first class, not to say it can't be improved, but it truly is quite fantastic - this is due to the dedication people put into their jobs.

    Cons

    The business has been looking for direction for the last 4 or so years and is yet to find it. The new Dean (Zeger) appears to have a stronger vision for the place but it seems to stop at senior management and doesn't cut through to the rest. Upper echelons are highly political, are not transparent, and work to serve and protect their own positions. They don't seem to engage their staff. HR is ineffectual - I don't know what they actually do.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people - they are all you have. Communicate a vision and put forth a plan. It's not only the vocal ones who have good ideas. Listen!


  8. Helpful (5)

    Big Dichotomy Between Professors (including the dean) and Professional Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlton (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlton (Australia)

    Pros

    I think there is a good work-life balance there. There isn't much pressure and working after hours is generally not necessary nor encouraged.

    Cons

    Place was very poorly managed from the top (the dean has since been replaced, so this may have changed). The culture was very much faculty-first with some of them being the most arrogant unreasonable people you could ever have the bad fortune of working with. The HR department was equally incompetent with the compensation scheme often decided in a post-hoc fashion (HR head has also been removed). My manager and team were great though.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Stimulating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, Great Culture, Great Location.

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic environment, can be slow moving at times

    Advice to Management

    Take Ownership of the organization !!



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