University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated July 30, 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 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. Helpful (1)

    work here if you wish to live a shorter life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Not good for IT professionals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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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. Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers

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    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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...


  7. Up and down.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Access to great resources and information.

    Cons

    Lack of relationships, lack of 'team spirit'.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too many chiefs, not enough indians

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time

    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 Management

    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.


  10. research fellow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  11. 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



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