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Updated June 4, 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. "good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time

    Pros

    great environment with good facility

    Cons

    hard working , doing experiemnts


  2. "Working without supervision"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Parkville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Parkville (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working without supervision, task-oriented working
    - Flexible working hour
    - Good employee benefit

    Cons

    - Not enough skill development
    - Can get bored from time to time
    - No bonus for doing extra work

    Advice to Management

    - Better development program.
    - Some kind of reward program.

  3. "Be wary of Academic Services divisioin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great working environment, generally really impressive colleagues, working with smart and motivated students

    Cons

    Generally incompetent middle and upper level management. They burn through resources and money and never take the blame for their stuff ups

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage people and resources. Allow your staff to show their initiative and talents


  4. "Subject coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Subject Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Subject Coordinator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a big university with large numbet of students. Staff is mostly friendly and experienced

    Cons

    Difficult to get a full time position. Students are coming from many different backgrounds and cultures, making it difficult to engage them

    Advice to Management

    Enphasis is put in university rankings but little is been done in regards to proper support to research and value for your degree, in terms of employment opportunities


  5. "Tutor"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at University of Melbourne as a contractor

    Pros

    The university provides good facilities for both students and staff. Channels to troubleshoot and solve administrative issues are readily available.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the organization, there are often many layers of beaurocracy and paperwork involved to approve certain work related tasks. Short term contracts for tutors can be uncertain due to ongoing budget cuts.

    Advice to Management

    While it is good that the university is continuously upgrading the facilities, many employees find the cost-cutting measures in human capital may not benefit the in long term. Consider balancing the growth of both personnel and infrastructure.


  6. "Unimelb"

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    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the greatest research teams in water engineering across Australia

    Cons

    Not dynamic and vivid engough, not welcoming for the new opportunities and open to the industry

    Advice to Management

    Provide better facilities to link the university to the industrial projects


  7. "Tutor and Adjunct lecturer"

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

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

    Pros

    A very good research oriented school with great resources and a lovely campus.
    Motivated students.
    Great courses.
    A great environment to work, with a few issues.

    Cons

    Administration has become metastasized with constant five year plans that justify an entire layer of highly payed but relatively useless people.

    Schools rely far too much on casual contract positions with very little in the way of academic advancement opportunity. Again, they could afford many more professors if they spend less on marketing to themselves and relentless change management with endless restructures which sap the moral of what is otherwise a great institution.

    Advice to Management

    Many layers of management simply need to find themselves work in a field other than academia.

  8. "Great work environment - hard to get things done"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Organizational Development in Parkville (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Organizational Development in Parkville (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people there were great to work with and there was a strong sense of positive purpose

    Cons

    As a professional staff member it was very hard to get things done. The hierarchical nature of the organisation meant that initiatives needed to be endlessly debated before they could be implemented. Even once a decision to implement something was decided, the central administration had little power to ensure that Faculties and departments followed through.

    Unfortunately this meant a lot of good work would often go to waste due to inactivity.

    Career advancement and development was limited as often people would stay in a role for more than 5 years (some as long as 15 years). If you were specialised this made advancement in some teams next to impossible.

    Advice to Management

    The Vice Chancellor needs to be more bold in making things happen. Senior managers need to be held accountable for under performance and blocking innovation.

    As a side note, I think that the STEM areas of the university are going to be in serious trouble in future years if they don't build stronger links to industry


  9. "Competitive academic environment"

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

    I worked at University of Melbourne as a contractor

    Pros

    The University of Melbourne has a lot of very smart and motivated people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are a lot of politics, as with any university. In my old department, there was a lot of people working within their own teams and guarding their ideas in case people stole them.

    Advice to Management

    More collaboration between research teams would be helpful.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Little girl with a curl, right in the middle of her forehead (Professional Staff)"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Melbourne (More than a year)

    Pros

    When she's good, she's very very good:
     - Work alongside great, intelligent people
     - Excellent sense of camaraderie among coworkers
     - My department Managers have all been fantastic
     - Pay is good, 17% super is excellent, good recognition of entitlements like parental leave
     - Opportunities to progress in your career path are quite plentiful

    Cons

    When she's bad, she's horrid:
     - The restructure has been bad, really bad. There's no easy way to let go hundreds of staff, but a lot of the communication about it felt as though it were cloaked in a false optimism with language about "improving processes". It's about fixing the bottom line, we know it, just be honest about it.
     - Senior management for Professional Staff seem to have very little grip on the reality of day-to-day work and processes here at times. There's a lot of waffle about successes when services can in reality be underfunded, chaotic and dysfunctional.
     - Organisation can have a lot of internal politics.
     - IT systems are quite poor and go out of service on a regular basis.
     - There's a new emphasis from Senior Management on getting things done, but often there's too much rush put on things. More emphasis needs to be put into better, more sensible planning - sometimes it feels like ideas were thought up in the bath last night and presented as Priority One the next morning. Bad decisions made on the fly and then un-done six months later.

    Advice to Management

    More focus needs to put into the ability to analyse and plan a business. Generally speaking, you have shown the ability to employ great people - but bad decision-making practice has embedded itself in the University and a more methodical, consultative approach is needed.


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