University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and conditions, bonus leave over Christmas (in 4 reviews)

  • Great location and pay was good, Flexibility with time tabling and schedule was appreciated (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Heavily bureaucratic, no real work prospects (in 2 reviews)

  • Red tape inevitably leading to process inefficiency (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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. Waste Money on Admin Staff and Student Union

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Rewarding work for academic staff.

    Cons

    Stop wasting money on pointless Admin staff and student union officials with no interest in looking after students.

  7. research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    lucrative extra allowance for current full-time students.
    attentive and diligent HR staff.

    Cons

    you don't get structured support. you have to be a self-starter

  8. World-class, research-intensive university with unfortunately not so world-class respect for its army of research staff.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkville (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great take-home pay (best of all Australian universities)
    high world-ranking => good to have on CV
    great location

    Cons

    bureaucracy is overwhelming
    if you require research labs - be prepared to put up with suboptimal facilities for a (very) long time
    as PostDoc you are second-class staff compared to professional staff and tenured academics
    work/life balance depends too much on your line manager despite clear policies

    Advice to Management

    more support for working parents in the form of guaranteed childcare places
    remove discrimination of research-contingent funded staff (severance pay, permanency, superannuation, work/life balance)
    do away with all those professional staff in the faculties that duplicate work central already does (MRO, faculty research admin) and invest that money in additional tenured Level B positions

  9. Challenging place that is Ever Changing in the Heart of Melbourne

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    Former Employee - Manged Services in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manged Services in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic Location and Facilities. Leader in may disciplines but old and tired in other disciplines.

    Cons

    Great brand , fantastic location , can get tiring with endless streams of staff and students year after year.

  10. Management getting stingier by the year

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No one bothers you as long as you get your work done. Good colleagues generally and professional staff mostly helpful.

    Cons

    IT generally lacking; constant problems. New policies don't often make sense and creates duplicate work instead of being more efficient. Poor planning.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap. There'll be a bigger price to pay in the long run.

  11. An outstanding 21st Century Research and Teaching institution

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    Former Employee - Research Student in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Student in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University of Melbourne is situated in the center of one of Australia's most modern cities, and has an outstanding record of research and teaching excellence.

    Cons

    The standard of research is unwaveringly high, and there is an expectation of high quality and influential research.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to focus on balancing the requirements of being a research centered institution with their teaching obligations.

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