University of Melbourne
3.5 of 5 34 reviews
www.unimelb.edu.au Melbourne, Australia 5000+ Employees

University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated Mar 22, 2014

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83% Approve of the CEO

University of Melbourne Chancellor Elizabeth A Alexander

Elizabeth A Alexander

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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work here if you wish to live a shorter life

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsThe 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.

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Melbourne

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

Research Fellow (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than a year

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

ConsSteadily 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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

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Up and down.

Coordinator (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time for less than a year

ProsAccess to great resources and information.

ConsLack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.

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

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Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers

MPhil (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at University of Melbourne

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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...

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Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Melbourne

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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Tutor (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at University of Melbourne as a contractor for more than a year

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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pretty good pay, experience will depend on the department.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than a year

ProsPay is good for a university.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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bureaucracy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

Prosrelaxed culture, good work/life balance

Conseverything takes forever to get approved

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nice, but laden with bureaucracy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Melbourne

ProsGenerally nice people to work with. Relaxed environment and no corporate nonsense.

ConsAbsurd and unnecessary bureaucracy causes work to sometimes be laboursome

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