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University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great team, respects your studies if you're a student, they invest in your professional development, great work-life balance, amazing pay considering (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice campus, good working environment, excellent professors; have many teaching opportunities for researchers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Top-heavy management; academic staff peripheral to much decision making"

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    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.


  2. "Toxic Experience"

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, and great pay rate! Interacting with Uni students can be fun.

    Cons

    My supervisor had no regard for my work-life balance, and expected me to work through weekends, evenings, and public holidays. I couldn't speak up without fear of retribution or reprimand. Our research project was led with a blame-oriented approach rather than a solution-oriented leadership. This affected me both mentally and physically.

    Advice to Management

    Please respect casual employees as being part of the wider team. It's ridiculous that I was asked not to be in direct contact with some members of the faculty via email because they didn't know who I was. I'm obviously a staff member with a staff email. I had to ask someone else of a "higher position" to email on behalf of me at times.


  3. "What a disappointment"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Carlton North (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Carlton North (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Superannuation benefits are great
    Campus is a pleasant environment
    Students are inspiring
    Pockets of good people trying hard to make positive change

    Cons

    Senior management busy throwing others under the bus instead of listening and addressing real issues
    Cronyism - jobs given to incompetent friends who just perpetuate the problems and the bureaucracy to cover incompetence
    Plenty of talk about positive, inclusive change but far less authenticity in 'walking the talk'

    Advice to Management

    Value teaching and service to the organisation as well as research
    Stop the cronyism - fast - it is the single worst aspect and damaging positive change
    Hire senior leaders externally & choose people who can lead change and actually know how to do the work to manage resources
    Create a culture based on merit - reward people for high performance, not because of who they know or because they are 'yes' people
    Remember the students - they pay your salary


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  5. "Good bad ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employs a great mix of multicultural people who are mostly lovely. Parking and childcare are both available. Superannuation scheme is quite good as is job security.

    Cons

    it is hard for a university worker to be fired and you may have to deal with incompetent a employees who can’t be fired. Innovation and getting things done quickly does not happen often as there is red tape for employees as well and things often have to go through multiple people before they get approved.

    Advice to Management

    Make all employees feel like ‘owners’ versus ‘renters’, that their voice matters. People in positions of power listen to learn and engage with their employees. There a many talented people at the university. Take advantage of the resources at your disposal


  6. "research fellow"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too many chiefs, not enough indians"

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    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.


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

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    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. "Up and down."

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    • Senior Management
    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'.


  10. "Ripping off international postgraduate students as researchers"

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    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...


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