University of Melbourne
3.5 of 5 35 reviews
www.unimelb.edu.au Melbourne, Australia 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 21, 2014

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University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people - not always consistent management coming from the top.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful interacting with students - a lot of great staff.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top-heavy management; academic staff peripheral to much decision making

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat location and better than average salary and benefits. Emphasis on research and hosting academic conferences that further international scholarly interchange. Select group of students who make teaching a joy.

    ConsLittle input from academic staff on many important decisions, which tend to be made at the executive level by managerial types. Top-down style of governance is not appropriate for a research university of this type.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency in decision making, more involvement of academic staff in formulating and finalising governance-related decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAcademic freedom, varied times, decent salary.

    ConsNot enough work to earn a proper salary, no benefits, casual work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stimulating, well paid and well-connected

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros-availability of resources is a huge advantage.
    -good pay
    -great work environment
    -excellent research institutions are within a 2 mile distance.
    -great place to look for collaborations.

    Cons-some red tape and paperwork associated with any university
    -there is nothing being done to bring all teh researchers working in the area together. This is changing now.
    -There are not many cons I could think of, did I mention unnecessary paperwork?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsAcademic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    ConsNot enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport.

    ConsFor foreign employees, hard to get a permanent position, so you need to work hard to extend your contract.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsIt 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work culture, overly bureaucratic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsVery 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding and productive

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsGreat research and great people

    ConsDoesn't pay as much as in industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo major issues

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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