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University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
37 Reviews

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  1.  

    work here if you wish to live a shorter life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The university is located in a great location with lots of restaurants and cafes around that area. Flexible work environment

    Cons

    The university's main goal is to make money and has unrealistic expectations on its employees. Lots of bullying originating from upper management. Just a job. In most positions here, don't even bother dreaming about a career pathway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too many chiefs, not enough indians

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great physical environment, lots of very smart people, best students and research staff in the land. Superb rank-and-file administrative and academic staff who soldier on and make the best of poor management. Has huge potential to be a genuinely top level university in the global context.

    Cons

    Very clumsy management from above coupled with arrogant 'we know best' approach that determinedly shuts out staff. Uni PR is more important than staff welfare. Staff are given only a token voice in major decisions. Meanwhile, everyday things like IT systems, student enquiry systems, etc, don't work well at all. Many staff are very overworked and pressured by staff cuts and broken systems. Endless rounds of reviews and restructures constantly destabilise and drive down morale, while management sails on, patting each other on the back, blissfully unaware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the circles of groupthink. Come down from the clouds and learn to actually talk to staff. If the senior management team were half as capable at their jobs as the average overworked admin or research staffer at this uni, it would be unbeatable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A greedy bureaucracy, obsessed with appearance at the expense of substance

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow

    Pros

    Good academics occasionally visit
    Good location close to CBD
    Slightly less bureaucratic than state government

    Cons

    Steadily increasing bureaucracy at the expense of productivity.
    Full of lazy and uninspiring academics with low ambition
    Not a good place for ambitions people
    Excessive focus on advertising and manufacturing 'excellence' to attract foreign students
    Decades behind the cutting edge in research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't run a University like McDonald's. Re-orient the focus on substance rather than profit. The performance management culture and glossy brochures scare away good academics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Up and down.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Access to great resources and information.

    Cons

    Lack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers

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    Current Employee - MPhil  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - MPhil in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Highly ranked University, Nice coworkers, great location, department is decently equipped, also my office is next to the best coffee shop...

    Cons

    Management needs to improve the way international students are treated. Research positions should be offered because the Uni is interested in research rather than the fees...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to improve the way international students are treated. Research positions should be offered because the Uni is interested in research rather than the fees...

  8.  

    Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Tutor

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    Current Employee - Tutor  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    Cons

    Not enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    pretty good pay, experience will depend on the department.

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for a university.

    Cons

    Unimelb is all about brand image, it is not backed up at the level of the department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    relaxed culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    everything takes forever to get approved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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