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Deakin University Australia Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance if you work in Geelong (in 7 reviews)

  • Universities always provide a very flexible work environment - Deakin is no different, and puts people first (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work load - large demand/expectation for work production even in low level academic positions (in 3 reviews)

  • Parking can sometimes be difficult (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Data Assistant in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Current Employee - Research Data Assistant in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)

    I have been working at Deakin University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working ethics and working environment.

    Cons

    Systems slow down a bit sometimes


  2. "University in Australia"

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    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management and flexible working conditions

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons for this organisation

    Advice to Management

    Good work

  3. "Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Geelong (Australia)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Geelong (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deakin University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team environment, inspiring VC and strategic plan, lots of career development opportunities

    Cons

    Work load can be high, lack of experience in some managers, inconsistent rewards and benefits across areas and teams

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is applicable to all staff, not just managers and executives


  4. "A friendly, forward-thinking university"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Faculty in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A proactive, well respected Vice Chancellor, scope and encouragement to try new ideas. Mixed management approaches, but mine was a positive experince. A relaxed and well-kept campus with some nice green spaces. Opportunity for internal growth and development. A fantastic city corporate centre.

    Cons

    The food options at the Burwood campus are terrible. Some academics are lazy and do very little. Perhpas like most universities, there should be greater accountability. There are a lot of people in roles who don't actually do anything and some poor managers who have no corporate managerial experience to draw from.

    Advice to Management

    Crack down on lazy academics and poorly qualified managers. They should be top of their game, driving accountability and leading by example. Allow additional food outlets to operate on campus.


  5. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)

    Pros

    nice people to work with and good environment

    Cons

    too much bureaucray and work load


  6. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice fellow workers who care

    Cons

    Too much reliance on sessionals - not enough stable work

    Advice to Management

    get a proper body of good lecturers


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great university staff benefit

    Cons

    Slow process as most of education section.

  8. "Dog eat dog"

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    Current Employee - Academic in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Academic in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Deakin University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues. Mostly nice physical environment. Good benefits, including salary and leave. Some job security, but only because of the work of the union and a tight EBA (I'm a union member, but nothing more).

    Cons

    Management has become meaner over the past five years. Despite paying lip service to issues such as job security, and employee wellbeing, the culture is very much a "dog eat dog" one. There is secret stack ranking from faculty management, and although it isn't Hunger Games or Amazon yet, the culture is heading that way. There is an expectation, not explicitly stated, that staff work long hours, to achieve high ranking journal articles, extraordinary eValuate scores, and serve on multiple committees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff like people. Don't be arrogant and remote from your staff. Management need to actually care about their staff, and recognise that loyalty is a two way street.


  9. "Tutoring"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Burwood, Victoria (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deakin University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues and teaching staff, moderate freedom in approaches to teaching.

    Cons

    Extremely low renumeration compared to all other competitors for doing the same work, and utilising highly questionable legal loopholes to justify low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your sessional staff, or else nothing else matters.


  10. "IT Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Geelong (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Geelong (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Deakin University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Universities always provide a very flexible work environment - Deakin is no different, and puts people first.
    The department I worked in was under pragmatic management (more corporate, less academic) which is a breath of air when this is what you are after, as academic politics can wear you off.
    The usual Higher-Ed percs apply : 17% super, annual salary increment, flexible working place...
    The digital facilities for working in teams distributed across different campuses or at home are very good, and you are encouraged to use them.
    They will try to retain you if you do your job well.
    Plenty of good people who want to do their job well.
    Opportunities for professional development exist.
    The salary scale is OK
    They are trying hard to be Agile on IT projects.

    Cons

    When they pierce through, academic politics can spoil the game.

    Advice to Management

    Remain pragmatic, driven by data and performance.
    Keep filling management positions with corporate minded when possible.


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