Victorian Government

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Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
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  1.  

    Emergency assistance to the community at home and abroad and support to volunteers

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

    I have been working at Victorian Government full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As a non-profit organisation focused on emergency relief and assistance to persons in times of natural disaster, VICSES is an organisation to be proud of. The work tends to be challenging and rarely boring. In general, the managers listen to their team and are likely to implement suggestions. Regardless of the department, there tends to be a strong team spirit throughout.

    Cons

    Like with many low funded organisations, the pay will tend to be below the average and in some cases this means HR has had to compromise on quality when hiring for some positions. The machine still works, but some of the parts are worn out or the wrong size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the bulk of the employees (rather than just the loudest ones). Most of the changes implemented over the last few years have had a very positive effect.

    Recommends
  2.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Auditor  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Financial Auditor in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Victorian Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, policies and travel

    Cons

    promotions, perks, personal growth, no other opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    An amazing place to work at !!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Super Director  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Super Director in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Victorian Government full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working in the Victorian Government is amazing. The people are brilliant, the leadership team is highly inspirational, the benefits are second to none and the development opportunities are huge ! Top managers provide crystal clear strategy and direction, listen to staff, keep staff informed about what is going on, model the values, treat staff with dignity and respect, provide adequate thanks or recognition to the work staff do, take into account the differing needs and circumstances of employees when making decisions, manage and value employee input and discuss concerns and grievances. Also, the comprehensive induction program and mentoring program are the best I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    Nothing at all, just an amazing place to work at !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Typical Govt Dept, lots of potential however strangled by poor executives

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Victorian Government full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Govt employment agreement.
    Fairly stable employment.
    some good people doing good work.

    Cons

    wrong types of people have been senior executives
    high profile high stress portfolio
    They dont listen to staff
    HR has been reduced to a transactional service not a real HR dept

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sack the crappy executives and increase performance appraisals for executives. they are the ones that should be highly scrutinized not low level staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A good place to work at.. :)

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

    I have been working at Victorian Government full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It has a supportive culture where there is a mentor that is attached to you to train you and guide you. The process helps new employees in fitting into a new workplace and culture. There is opportunities to be seconded to other departments within the government to provide a broader range of learning and work experiences. Working in public service is also rewarding for those interested in public service.

    Cons

    Depending on what one wants to achieve, there are some who are happy to stagnate in the same place or position for 20+ years.

  7.  

    Broad opportunity for personal development

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer

    I have been working at Victorian Government full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to work with grass roots organisations and industry. Primarily to support development and growth of their businesses. Good opportunities to develop new skills and to move between departments.

    Cons

    Can be slow to make decisions. Not always possible to identify the right person to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks - taking into account it is taxpayer money of course

  8.  

    Changes in management since move to Geelong in 2009 has resulted in cultural change to Organisation

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Geelong (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geelong (Australia)

    I have been working at Victorian Government

    Pros

    The TAC still remains one of the better paid workforces in the Geelong region. I think this is mainly due to some of the wages still in parity with Melbourne salaries. This has changed over the past 6 months and newly advertised positions are now advertised at a lower rate.
    As it's a government job the perks are good.
    Flexible work hours
    Ability to 'pay' for extra leave.
    Some paid maternity leave

    Cons

    The TAC was one of those rare workplaces where you felt a great sense of pride to work. Unfortunately since the move to Geelong and the vast change in Senior Management, Management, and many new staff, the TAC is no longer a great place to work.
    Internal recruitment is biased with jobs going to friends of current managers rather than to the person best able. Many managers have turned the focus off the client and are more interested in advancing their own career prospects, at any cost.
    Few opportunities for part time work.
    New HR restructure is removing all part time/job share positions. What does this mean for the rest of the business in future?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with the real reason you are there - the Clients.

    Listen to the staff and ask for their feedback! A recent response to low scores in recruitment satisfaction for the staff satisfaction survey was "staff have an unrealistic expectation that they will be promoted within six months". This response was at a Senior Management level! This is ludicrous, why ask staffs opinion if you are just going to brush concerns under the carpet. The real reason staff were unsatisfied was the lack of transperacy in recruitment processes. No right of appeal, inexperienced staff being promoted to management positions whilst experienced staff had no opportunity for interview. Feedback after interview conflicting and inaccurate. Staff being told that a work example from 18 months ago was too old! A staff member in recruitment area obtaining senior position in the area they were recruiting for. Surely a conflict of interest!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Stable job for opportunities of advancement but not for innovative or entrepreneurial types.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Economist  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Principal Economist in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Victorian Government

    Pros

    Stable job, based in Melbourne, interesting public policy work, good work-life balance, opportunities to publish work, support for professional development such as post-graduate studies.

    Cons

    Political organization that does not necessarily know what it wants to achieve, premium on politics rather than real-world impact, timid and unqualified senior managers making important decisions, lack of accountability for completing work, magnet for lazy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear on objectives and honest to staff, hold staff accountable and do not shift bad staff within organization, show leadership in making the government better rather than acting helpless.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    been there too long

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Victorian Government

    Pros

    work and life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    salary not enough with my current role, some people there get paid more than me for doing less, not fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to be fair with remuneration.

  11.  

    safe easy and comfortable - but not inspiring

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Victorian Government

    Pros

    Work life balance, flex time, job security, level of responsibility, benefits, benefits, benefits.

    Cons

    Limited potential for advancement, recognition or support for doing exceptional work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage. Like so many government jobs people are promoted to their level of incompetence.

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