Monash University Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Strong work/life balance (9 to 5 95% of the time, basically pushed out the door after 5pm) (in 5 reviews)

  • very stable working environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Monash Mobility limits career progression to those with fixed term contracts > 6 months or permanent staff (in 4 reviews)

  • in my 5 years of stay 40% of academic staff was culled in ECSE in 2007 and two year later fresh staff was hired (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monash University full-time

    Pros

    Monash University is a comfortable place to study. The students are very welcoming and talented. Current building development is transforming the university into a stunning place.

    Cons

    It's quite far away from the CBD and recent changes to parking have made finding a car park a nightmare. Some buildings are now quite dated and it's always windy there.

    Advice to Management

    Monash management should decrease the cost of parking because its excruciatingly high for somewhere so far away from the CBD.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Flexible yet dedicated

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demonstrator in Clayton (Australia)
    Current Employee - Demonstrator in Clayton (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated to teaching, flexible working hours, good environment, good equipment, understanding employers, good lunch facilities

    Cons

    Limited parking spaces that fill up within an hour of the uni opening.

    Advice to Management

    Create parking spaces that are dedicated to employees and are offered at a lower rate... it seems strange that one has to pay $1000 for red parking when it is almost forced upon many people who work at Monash. Might as well pay $1000 less per year and simply give a free parking spot.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Rating Monash University

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Clayton (Australia)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Clayton (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Monash University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love what I do. Autonomous. Plenty of Professional/Personal Development

    Cons

    With all the Professional/Personal Development opportunities given, not a lot of succession planning occurs and therefore, no career progression.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Extraordinary institution

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Monash (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Monash (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely great academic institution with highly qualified academics.

    Cons

    Too expensive if you go there as student


  6. 30 Year Veteran, Technical Professional

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    Current Employee - Electronic Services Manager/STO in Monash (Australia)
    Current Employee - Electronic Services Manager/STO in Monash (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a technical professional, the working environment could not be any better. The advantages of working in a technical academic environment cannot be measured empirically. The variety of projects and challenges which have presented over a 30 year period could never have been possible in a corporate or commercial environment. Facing a new challenge or idea every day or week has kept me motivated and interested. A flexible work environment has provided ample opportunity to explore and undertake further education and training, which in this environment cannot be overstated.

    Cons

    Over 30 years, the opportunities for advancement of technical staff have been slowly eroded to the point where now there is almost no real professional development paths remaining. Significant advancements have been developed and put into place for academic and management career development but little if any such programs are provided for the technical professional. In many instances, speaking from experience, career development for technical professionals has been put into the too hard basket.

    Advice to Management

    Highly skilled and dedicated technical professionals throughout the university, in all fields, Science, Engineering, Arts etc feel that they have neglected. 15-20 years ago there were programs such as the Caroline Chisholm Award and the R.L. Martin Award which provided the opportunity for technical staff to undertake further training and professional development of their choosing. Having been the recipient of both awards, it allowed me to go to other institutions and gain valuable experience and develop skills and knowledge which helped me to directly contribute to many research projects and publications.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Ph.D. - Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton (Australia)

    I worked at Monash University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Increasingly knowledgeable and professional staff/researchers, large campus with medium range of foods available, excellent resources and equipment etc

    Cons

    Expensive to eat/exist on campus, though this is generally the case in Melbourne. There is also a general expectation that you will work long hours as the norm.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Review of Monash employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The innovation and ongoing career development.

    Cons

    Students can be pretty demanding.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Casual staff at Monash University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Monash University provides a friendly environment for staff to mingle and work with each other. Researchers at Monash are also critical and willing to share ideas and experiences with each other.

    Cons

    The human resource system can be more flexible for casual and part time staff, to take up different HEW level positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to having casual staff, especially postgraduate students, taking up multiple short term casual positions. Not only will it improve the efficiency in the human resource, it will also encourage the students to be more involved in their field of study.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great company with incredible resources and people to work with. It allows for growth of people and expansion into new areas. It allows for flexibility to perform at your best.

    Cons

    It can be hard working on contracts and on funding that is only secured by grants, but that is the same across all Universities and is not particular to Monash/

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work and the flexibility that Monash allows. It allows for projects to run better and staff to be enthused by their work.


  11. Good

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Monash University as a contractor

    Pros

    good environment and people, supportive

    Cons

    nothing bad about it really at all

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you doing



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