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  • Little to no career progression available, or guaranteed job hours (in 8 reviews)

  • Conflict between academic staff and senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "don't work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Monash University full-time

    Pros

    They have some money, currently, to support research.
    The salary.

    Cons

    The hierarchical big business attitude.
    The lack of discussion and collaborative environment.
    The egos.
    The administrative tasks and overwhelming paperwork.
    The location.

    Advice to Management

    This is a public university not a private corporation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still operating in the 1970's"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Caulfield (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Caulfield (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great target markets - terrific challenge
    Lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Autocratic management
    20 years behind in understanding of marketing and brand
    Waste huge amounts of money
    Very antiquated
    Great maternity conditions

    Advice to Management

    You need to follow through on consequences for poor performance and bad behaviour at all levels and build in measurable delivery targets.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Monash university review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peninsula (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peninsula (South Africa)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are fantastic students, and the ability to generate research and share that research with the next generation is the reason why i continue to do my job.

    Cons

    1. Poor resourcing for staff 2. high overhead costs at every level make non cat 1 research non viable affecting 3. No time for research 4. Increasing student numbers and sophistication but decreasing staffing 4. No career progression if outside a privileged few 5. Overseas campuses take up too much resourcing for minimal gain 6. Too many hours 7. The management of the school of primary health care is appalling and incompetent, 8. reduction in admin staff means that systems are falling over; yet those same staff are bored in their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the central fees - this may mean reducing overseas or other campuses, but this makes us both non competitive to philanthropy but also a joke to government departments and collaborators. Give teaching and research staff enough time to do research, and the support that does them. Reduce duplication between faculty and central and thus the costs. Replace the head and business manager of the school of primary health care with people who are qualified to do those roles - ie have an ability to manage budgets (their own) some understanding of education and allied health and are not totally biased towards GP, an ability to take some responsibility for their own actions as well as some compassion for the people whose careers and livelihoods have been destroyed.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Monash Connect - better than starving to death"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Monash Connect in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Monash Connect in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monash University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary for doing little to no work
    Can adequately fund resulting alcoholism and drug habits

    Cons

    Staff poorly trained and serve no real purpose
    Bad work culture, fear of management
    Men consistenly promoted and hired over women
    No recognition by management that staff are human beings. People get fired for being sick
    Not enough work to do, department overstaffed by 200%
    Huge turnover of staff because everyone is bored and miserable

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy it while it lasts, its only a matter of time before the university realises how many millions of dollars you are wasting and fires you all


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Monash University Malaysia Departments"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of good academic staff and research groups willing to go beyond their job scope to further teaching and research.

    Cons

    Steady decline of student enrolment
    Toxic Culture
    Poor inter-department interaction
    Abysmal incentives for staff development

    Advice to Management

    This institution is not worth of the Monash brand. Talent that can find better opportunities elsewhere will not stay. Most of the problems are due to three departments that are very poorly managed:
    Facilities - Power outages, poor internet connection, lack of response to requests for furniture replacements or repairs. Don't be fooled by the new coat of paint.That and custodian services are sub-contracted which is probably why those aspects are decent.
    Finance: Does not know how to communicate budget status effectively. Most research groups have to do redundant work tracking and allocating their spending for the finance department. Research Fellows that manage to bring in revenue are hounded to provide transaction slips as proof so that their accounts are cleared to spend those amounts.
    Human Resources: Always confused by their own forms to be filled and will push back when a harassment complaint is brought up. Any excuse to avoid doing work.

    Heads of School and Departments do not hold their post for more than a year. It's very telling that this University is a backwater post for those with little choice in their careers.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "If you want a job that requires you to sit around all day doing nothing, this is the job for you."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Professional Staff in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Genuinely talented people
    - steady pay increases
    - Deep pockets when they want to spend

    Cons

    - Politics is a HUGE problem
    - Incompetent and lazy management
    - Some departments hire 20 people to do the work of 5
    - Management literally discourages anything that sounds like hard work and wants to keep the status quo
    - faction building managers create small legions of lazy good for nothings and protect them at all costs
    - Managers don't recognize hard work, and commonly reward people simply for being around long enough to be part of the furniture.

    Advice to Management

    You have created a culture of laziness through poor leadership & management. As universities are circling the drain, it's time to start kicking out people who aren't hard workers.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Review for Monash University Malaysia"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing can be written here, I have been working here for less than one year, and I already submitted my resignation. One last advise for anyone reviewing this comment, If you are a reputable and respectable academic , monash malaysia is not for you.
    simple words can summerize situation in monash malaysia " Worst Academic Institution in south asia" I had here the most awful 6 months in my life. If you offered any postion here, try to contact any one working in the university to know how this place is managed. Monash Malaysia achieve the highest turn out rate in Malaysian private universities.

    Cons

    Very bad salaries (the lowest in Malaysian academia )
    Difficulty in arriving to work, you will need a taxi each day if you don't have a car (google taxi service in Malaysia to know what i mean)
    High teaching load ( no time for a mature research)
    Trashy and week research output ( google MyRA report for Monash Malaysia)
    Lack of transparency in each situation and Fake Student evaluation reports to convenience you that you are a bad academic and don't deserve a promotion
    No promotion (Monash Malaysia do not promote its stuff as the management doesn't want to increase any salaries)
    Manipulative and Abusive Management and PVC

    Advice to Management

    Change your mind and mentally. The academic stuff is the most important part in any academic institution.
    Revise the salaries for the academic stuff Or you will always be in the bottom
    Be transparent and honest with your employees
    Encourage your employees to excel and advance in their careers


  9. Helpful (8)

    "About Monash University Malaysia"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No Major Pros, and you will not this from day one when you hit the floor of Malaysia. Just trust me "Monash University Malaysia" is a big illusion, just came if you really don't have any option

    Cons

    Bad Salaries ( have not been revised since 2007)
    far from the city
    very weak research
    worst higher degree students you will ever see, Crap research in crap research outputs
    Lack of transparency in every thing
    bad and manipulative management at all levels

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff and they will support you, Respect your academics! They're the reason you're doing so well!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Malaysia Campus: Do NOT work here (especially if you are an expat)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (less than 3 year). No Pros, other than the fact that you can put "Monash University" on your CV while looking for a better job elsewhere. I like my immediate department, but I have heard the horror stories of how other departments are managed.

    Cons

    The administration is a nightmare to deal with – especially HR, which holds a lot of mismanaged power over employees. Faculty haven't been paid on time, benefits are delayed, reimbursement and compensation for professional expenses are a constant battle with faculty administration and HR. When I arrived, the administration didn't even know I was coming (even though I signed the contract many months ago). It took weeks to get an email address, access to moodle, keys to my office, a computer for my office, etc. And, again, every little thing that should be a given for a new employee is a self-advocating battle you have fight with admin.

    The morale of the faculty here I could only best describe as "toxic." All of my colleagues seem to have complaint after complaint and most are constantly on the hunt for a new job, which is definitely telling.

    The placement of the university's campus is incredibly inconvenient, and don't believe the university website when it tells you that it has "easy access" to KL. It doesn't. Not at all. On average, it takes about 2 hours to get to KLCC via public transportation. It's a campus in the middle of nowhere.

    There have been numerous safety concerns on and off campus, and many students have reported sexual harassment, assault, and theft. The security on campus is pretty inept, and don't expect the local police to do anything to help.

    The salary is quite low for expats with good qualifications, and only allows for a lower middle class existence at best in KL.

    lack of transparency and bad management
    It's difficult to gain an upgrade. Employees on the same Level job do vastly different amounts of work, and hard work is no recognized.
    There is virtually no time and resources to do research, even though publications are the expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen seriously to the concerns of students, staff, and faculty. There is a great deal of mistrust leveled at management because employees and students do not see any improvements being made.

    Something has to be down about the Monash University partnership. They are trying to run a australian university like a Malaysian company and there are all sorts of procedural and culture clashes that prevent effectiveness and efficiency.

    There needs to be a procedure in place for new employees – especially faculty coming from overseas. Maybe a checklist of things that need to get taken care of? This was the worst beginning to any job I have ever had, and I literally started looking for new jobs the second day . The management needs to be proactive in making faculty feel welcome and can trust that the university is on their side. Right now, it is exactly the opposite of that.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Never think about it - Louzy - cheap - disgusting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Kuala Selangor (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Monash University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing: the university from hiring committee to management are manipulative

    Cons

    Everything: salary, work load, management, business vision, research facilities, resources

    Advice to Management

    You are imbeciles ... corrupt.. and very short sited


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