University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander
Elizabeth A Alexander
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and conditions, bonus leave over Christmas (in 4 reviews)

  • Great location and better than average salary and benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work (in 2 reviews)

  • Little input from academic staff on many important decisions, which tend to be made at the executive level by managerial types (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great compensation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great compensation, Flexible, Location, Comfortable, Hours

    Cons

    Tedious Work, Some Coworkers are incapable


  2. good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    Pros

    great environment with good facility

    Cons

    hard working , doing experiemnts


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Little 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 Management

    More transparency in decision making, more involvement of academic staff in formulating and finalising governance-related decisions.


  6. research fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best pay for a University job

    Cons

    Difficult to progress past a certain level, Huge pressure to publsh in top journals, competitive between co workers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees mental health


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lots of Potential

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    As the leading university (second oldest) in Australia in terms of teaching, learning and research, this organisation has great potential and opportunities for its employees. Pros: - Variety of IT, HR, Admin, Academic and Research positions. - Wonderful campus (beautiful gardens and buildings) - National and International leadership recognition - Intellectually stimulating - Attracts the best from around the country and some overseas. - Great career opportunities to work with leading academics and researchers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, being a classic university, it is slow to change and improve its culture and technology for its staff and students. Cons: - Slow to make minor changes and upgrades. - Reluctant to adopt new IT systems or technologies. - IT systems are scattered and information exchange is inconsistent. - Quality of IT service needs to improve significantly. - Career progression is slow and ill defined. - It takes too long to make management decisions. - Career or professional development needs to be better defined, supported and enabled.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on improving the core business of university - teaching, learning and research. - Learn, build, deliver and manage the organisation according to lean agile management practices using your students, academic and staff feedback to inform your decisions and improvements.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Little girl with a curl, right in the middle of her forehead (Professional Staff)

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Melbourne (More than a year)

    Pros

    When she's good, she's very very good: - Work alongside great, intelligent people - Excellent sense of camaraderie among coworkers - My department Managers have all been fantastic - Pay is good, 17% super is excellent, good recognition of entitlements like parental leave - Opportunities to progress in your career path are quite plentiful

    Cons

    When she's bad, she's horrid: - The restructure has been bad, really bad. There's no easy way to let go hundreds of staff, but a lot of the communication about it felt as though it were cloaked in a false optimism with language about "improving processes". It's about fixing the bottom line, we know it, just be honest about it. - Senior management for Professional Staff seem to have very little grip on the reality of day-to-day work and processes here at times. There's a lot of waffle about successes when services can in reality be underfunded, chaotic and dysfunctional. - Organisation can have a lot of internal politics. - IT systems are quite poor and go out of service on a regular basis. - There's a new emphasis from Senior Management on getting things done, but often there's too much rush put on things. More emphasis needs to be put into better, more sensible planning - sometimes it feels like ideas were thought up in the bath last night and presented as Priority One the next morning. Bad decisions made on the fly and then un-done six months later.

    Advice to Management

    More focus needs to put into the ability to analyse and plan a business. Generally speaking, you have shown the ability to employ great people - but bad decision-making practice has embedded itself in the University and a more methodical, consultative approach is needed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not good for IT professionals

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Services Member in Parkville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Services Member in Parkville (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Excellent work/life balance. You can pretty much make your own start/finish times, as long as you're working for about 7 hours. * Surroundingss. The Parkville campus is quite lovely. Much greenery, many interesting buildings. (If you have the time to walk around)

    Cons

    * The recent Business Improvement Program completely reorganised "non-academic" staff. The intent was to streamline the organisation; instead it has eviscerated it. In the current environment, it seems no one know what they're doing, who to talk to or how procedures and processes work. * If you're an IT professional (by which I mean, if you've been in IT outside of higher education) you will find this a strange environment. Often, there is no central person to make a decision; instead, you have a circle of people who all want to have their say, but none want to take responsibility and decide. * If you're an IT professional, you will not be welcomed by the University in general. Most academic staff (and even some non-academic staff) regard IT professionals as (a) untutored (if you have no degree), (b) a necessary evil, (c) not worth listening to.

    Advice to Management

    * The Business Improvement Program (BIP) was a thinly-veiled program to reduce staff costs. A headcount cutting measure. Nothing more. "Business" has not been improved by the changes. Recognise and admit that. * The higher-ups talk a lot about working together as one team, pulling in the same direction, and the good of the University. And yet, at the Director level, there are territory battles that rage unchecked and, it seems, unnoticed. Pull your people into line.


  10. Helpful (3)

    So pleased to be out

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Somehow it has a good international reputation, so at least you won't completely shoot yourself in the foot by working here.

    Cons

    Even while the University tries to "innovate" (i.e. copy overseas models), it is horribly stagnant with entrenched mindsets. It is EXTREMELY political; it is heavily taxed with unnecessary regulation of its own making, as well as poor reactions to outside forces; it is trying to get away with providing education more and more on the cheap; it is being run by academics pretending to be business-people, pretending to be academics; it is the most institutionally insecure place I have ever worked. My ethics and values were at such odds with the administration, there was no way I could stay. Take my advice: the second something doesn't feel quite right, you're probably not wrong. Make your move early. Don't trust that anybody is looking after you. Save yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Management is fairly irretrievable at this point, largely because they don't accept advice. So there's no point to offering any here.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Difficult Transformation Period

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    17% super mat leave 37.25 hour week

    Cons

    After an organisational restructure some new senior management (or those transferred into new areas) are more focussed on serving themselves than improving the University for students & employees. An already bureaucratic, slow-moving political organisation has now ground to a halt. Projects area has particularly stalled and most staff are looking for new opportunities. Fixed term staff are being employed on extremely short projects even though there is a huge backlog of projects to be delivered. There has also been a large reduction in roles in the 90-120k salary range so limited opportunities for progression within the organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Improve and streamline governance processes and encourage senior management to take a University first approach. Manage by exception, don't micromanage your staff as it makes them feel untrusted and unvalued. Value the knowledge and experience of staff who are experts in their field.



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