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Updated February 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay is good, 17% super is excellent, good recognition of entitlements like parental leave (in 7 reviews)

  • 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)

Cons
  • As a professional staff member it was very hard to get things done (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management busy throwing others under the bus instead of listening and addressing real issues (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Demonstrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Get great support from the teaching staff. Great opportunity to blend in and know more about the university.

    Cons

    Could lose some work life balance


  2. "The University of Melbourne is an excellent place to learn that provides opportunities to join the academic staff"

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    Former Employee - Casual Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Casual Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding work where performance emphasis and feedback loops are centred on student rating of satisfaction. Even in the casual tutor role Melbourne university rewards those with demonstrated dedication to teaching and provides plenty of opportunity to shoulder additional responsibility for those who desire it and demonstrate the capability. I would highly recommend this role to anyone fortunate enough to be considered for this position.

    Cons

    Although the recruitment process is selective and demanding, once recruited poor tutors receive minimal performance management despite poor teaching quality. It is possible to receive consistently poor rating without ever being coaching or receiving sanctions to improve.

    Advice to Management

    There is a gap with respect to continuous improvement of teaching quality. The university collects robust data on student satisfaction but does not capitalise this to its full extent by recognising 'star performers' and coaching underperformers


  3. "Exciting experiences in a laid back environment."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fruitful collaborations
    most things on site but separated by walks through nice surroundings
    easy to talk to students, lecturers, and co-workers

    Cons

    harder for international people to compete for jobs at times
    geographically very distinct from collaborators in Europe and the US - makes international meetings harder

    Advice to Management

    ask workers about best plans to reorganize work spaces. They know more (if not best) what's needed where.


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  5. "Good environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport.

    Cons

    For foreign employees, hard to get a permanent position, so you need to work hard to extend your contract.


  6. "Stimulating, well paid and well-connected"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -availability of resources is a huge advantage.
    -good pay
    -great work environment
    -excellent research institutions are within a 2 mile distance.
    -great place to look for collaborations.

    Cons

    -some red tape and paperwork associated with any university
    -there is nothing being done to bring all teh researchers working in the area together. This is changing now.
    -There are not many cons I could think of, did I mention unnecessary paperwork?


  7. "The experience is indeed enriching!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tremendous scope for personal growth and learning

    Cons

    Tough competition, limited training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Need for frequent training programs


  8. "Best employee"

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    Current Employee - Enquiries Officer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Enquiries Officer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employer. extremely caring about your needs and if you need to take time off. worked here casually. For a casual employee, it was the best pay around with minimal stress. Constant feedback

    Cons

    Fast-paced. no promotions. fixed hourly rate even after more training.

    Advice to Management

    BIP is driving employees away with the insecurity. such a pity.


  9. "An outstanding 21st Century Research and Teaching institution"

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    Former Employee - Research Student in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Student in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University of Melbourne is situated in the center of one of Australia's most modern cities, and has an outstanding record of research and teaching excellence.

    Cons

    The standard of research is unwaveringly high, and there is an expectation of high quality and influential research.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to focus on balancing the requirements of being a research centered institution with their teaching obligations.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I found researchers at the mechanical Engineering department very friendly. Broad range of interesting projects. Good pay and flexible hours. The location is great.

    Cons

    Some of the offices are not as well maintained as others. Some of the labs I worked in had old tools and materials.

    Advice to Management

    Overall the management was good. I had one supervisor who was always there if I had any questions or needed anything.


  11. "Casual Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is very flexible and very well paid, the working environment is extremely friendly.

    Cons

    Casual Tutor roles are only offered on contract base and it's casual, does not grant you a working visa



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