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Melbourne Business School Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Association with uni Melbourne brand which looks great on CV.

    Cons

    Worst management team I have ever worked with. Terrible dean and associate dean's with personal vendetta are ruining the culture.

    Work is boring and no scope for innovation.

     Have never seen such a turn around of employees in any workplace before.

    Advice to Management

    Sack the exec team and start fresh.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor culture and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Information Systems
    Former Employee - Information Systems
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location
    Has a lot of potential as far as branding and a workplace just needs a shake up.
    Some of the team I worked with are talented and great people to be around.

    Cons

    No Training

    Terrible boys club culture within management with no accountability for their mistakes.

    Far too many long winded meetings without any action.

    Where is the dean and what exactly does he do?

    Advice to Management

    Please value and communicate to your employees more. They keep you in your job.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time

    Pros

    Great students, dedicated staff, some great faculty.

    Cons

    Complete lack of effective leadership. Rudderless ship, absent dean, continual fighting with the University of Melbourne leaving MBs hobbled to do anything. Marketing and advertising campaigns completely ineffective, total waste of money. Swerves from one crisis to another with no strategic vision or plan. Incredibly high employee turnover costing millions of dollars and rendering functioning almost impossible. Employee morale terrible with back stabbing, ineffective leadership team.


  4. "Nothing has changed, nor does it look like it ever will."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay well. You don't have to work long hours. Connection to Melbourne Uni brand looks good on CV. None of things made it worth staying however and I would not recommend you come here for any of those reasons. Oh, and if you want to do your MBA or get some form of qualification from them, I still would say it's not worth it. There are many who have got their MBA whilst working there and haven't moved on afterwards - they get stuck and can't find other opportunities.

    Cons

    Having read the reviews left here previously it appears that nothing has changed - the new (not so new now) Dean could not lead a car down a one way street and he has surrounded himself with the most incompetent senior leadership team I have ever worked with, and they in-turn, have employed some of the most incompetent people I have ever come across. The bullying continues and just gets swept under the carpet with payouts, there is absolutely no accountability, no vision, low professionalism, poor systems and processes (as most people are incompetent so can't develop and implement these things despite given the resources to do so), a 'boys club' who go on monthly "strategy" meetings where women (from their teams) are not invited and they literally go to the pub (someone please do a credit card audit!). The culture is appalling and they know it but they have no idea what to do about it. They were going to do an employee engagement survey but they are scared about the results. They are happy to ignore it and bully those who question the status quo or call them the troublemakers. No doubt, if this review is read, they will never reflect on it and take on the advice, they will blame me and make up various conclusions as to what 'my problem' is. I could go on. It really is shameful and so utterly disappointing that somewhere that teaches students to be the best leaders cannot implement any of their own teachings internally. It's a perfect case of those who can do, those who can't, teach.

    I have no idea how the Board does not know about these things and why the Dean and SLT can continue to get away with their continued terrible performance, both financially and professionally.

    I feel for those who are there who are intelligent and passionate people, but they are few. I hope they don't go down with the sinking ship. I am so glad to have left.

    Advice to Management

    To the Board - Remove the Dean and purge the SLT. There are too many bad eggs who have been there far too long. It's the only way.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlton (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlton (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomy of work and some really great people

    Cons

    Not very development focussed or provides opportunities to work on stretch projects. No processes internally makes it a bit chaotic and unclear around roles. Too many long and pointless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Create a learning culture to keep high performing people. Review structure and roles to reduce double handling of work.


  6. "Excellet"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent support and commaderie. Free snacks is a plus!

    Cons

    Work culture is a little on the boring side.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Something needs to change if the rankings position is going to improve, start innovating!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Melbourne Business School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great academics who are some of the best in their fields in Australia, pleasant working environment, learning potential, bright students who are committed to maintaining the schools premium local brand.

    Cons

    Toxic environment with very little collaboration between professional staff. The other reviewers summed it up well, a finger pointing, bullet dodging, blame orientated culture. Over the last 12 months the staff turnover has been very high.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and adopt a collaborative, supportive work environment.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "business school needs internal review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good student mix, premium brand recognition in Australia, great location, part of university of Melbourne and now merged with Faculty of Business and Economics so greater choice of subjects and lecturers; great executive education offering

    Cons

    Bullying culture which came from previous Dean and has remained in place; not a lot of competence surrounding the current Dean at a senior level; lots of same old same old, not much innovative thinking or acceptance of it; new dean wants students to experience failure but not part of the risk profile of the school, not sure that staff can translate the strategy into outcomes for their divisions


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Could be a great place if leaders could convey a vision and plan for the future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Melbourne Business School full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. You get to work with some wonderful and very dedicated people. Front-line staff work very hard to deliver a superior service and are very proud of what they achieve. The product (both Executive Education and the MBA) are very well renowned.

    If you get "in" with the faculty, they can be an interesting resource. Good salary for a not-for-profit organisation too. Good balance of professional, corporate, and educational work.

    Delivery of the products is first class, not to say it can't be improved, but it truly is quite fantastic - this is due to the dedication people put into their jobs.

    Cons

    The business has been looking for direction for the last 4 or so years and is yet to find it. The new Dean (Zeger) appears to have a stronger vision for the place but it seems to stop at senior management and doesn't cut through to the rest.

    Upper echelons are highly political, are not transparent, and work to serve and protect their own positions. They don't seem to engage their staff.

    HR is ineffectual - I don't know what they actually do.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people - they are all you have.
    Communicate a vision and put forth a plan.
    It's not only the vocal ones who have good ideas. Listen!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Big Dichotomy Between Professors (including the dean) and Professional Staff"

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

    Pros

    I think there is a good work-life balance there. There isn't much pressure and working after hours is generally not necessary nor encouraged.

    Cons

    Place was very poorly managed from the top (the dean has since been replaced, so this may have changed). The culture was very much faculty-first with some of them being the most arrogant unreasonable people you could ever have the bad fortune of working with. The HR department was equally incompetent with the compensation scheme often decided in a post-hoc fashion (HR head has also been removed). My manager and team were great though.


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