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Updated December 7, 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 7 reviews)

  • The working environment is tidy and quiet (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "work here if you wish to live a shorter life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The university is located in a great location with lots of restaurants and cafes around that area. Flexible work environment

    Cons

    The university's main goal is to make money and has unrealistic expectations on its employees. Lots of bullying originating from upper management. Just a job. In most positions here, don't even bother dreaming about a career pathway.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "So pleased to be out"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Somehow it has a good international reputation, so at least you won't completely shoot yourself in the foot by working here.

    Cons

    Even while the University tries to "innovate" (i.e. copy overseas models), it is horribly stagnant with entrenched mindsets. It is EXTREMELY political; it is heavily taxed with unnecessary regulation of its own making, as well as poor reactions to outside forces; it is trying to get away with providing education more and more on the cheap; it is being run by academics pretending to be business-people, pretending to be academics; it is the most institutionally insecure place I have ever worked. My ethics and values were at such odds with the administration, there was no way I could stay.

    Take my advice: the second something doesn't feel quite right, you're probably not wrong. Make your move early. Don't trust that anybody is looking after you. Save yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Management is fairly irretrievable at this point, largely because they don't accept advice. So there's no point to offering any here.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not good for IT professionals"

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    Current Employee - Project Services Member in Parkville (Australia)
    Current Employee - Project Services Member in Parkville (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Excellent work/life balance. You can pretty much make your own start/finish times, as long as you're working for about 7 hours.
    * Surroundingss. The Parkville campus is quite lovely. Much greenery, many interesting buildings. (If you have the time to walk around)

    Cons

    * The recent Business Improvement Program completely reorganised "non-academic" staff. The intent was to streamline the organisation; instead it has eviscerated it. In the current environment, it seems no one know what they're doing, who to talk to or how procedures and processes work.
    * If you're an IT professional (by which I mean, if you've been in IT outside of higher education) you will find this a strange environment. Often, there is no central person to make a decision; instead, you have a circle of people who all want to have their say, but none want to take responsibility and decide.
    * If you're an IT professional, you will not be welcomed by the University in general. Most academic staff (and even some non-academic staff) regard IT professionals as (a) untutored (if you have no degree), (b) a necessary evil, (c) not worth listening to.

    Advice to Management

    * The Business Improvement Program (BIP) was a thinly-veiled program to reduce staff costs. A headcount cutting measure. Nothing more. "Business" has not been improved by the changes. Recognise and admit that.
    * The higher-ups talk a lot about working together as one team, pulling in the same direction, and the good of the University. And yet, at the Director level, there are territory battles that rage unchecked and, it seems, unnoticed. Pull your people into line.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    provided good hourly rates, especially when teaching more than one course

    Cons

    poor management of contract staff
    job insecurity as every semester depended on one hiring manager

    Advice to Management

    put tutors on year-long contracts to provide job security


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    Great passionate people, very knowledgeable and focused on world class outcome and on making a difference

    Cons

    silo thinking, still new at operating in a more dynamic and matrix environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue on your journey


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worked for a year on the Telethon"

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively high pay and ability to become a low level manager after working there for some time. It was great working with other students who were from similar backgrounds.

    Cons

    Most of the managers were other students and there were reports of workplace bullying. The hours required to work made it difficult to manage a social life at the same time. The expectations created before starting the job were very different to when we were actually working and calling people.

    Advice to Management

    Create realistic expectations for what the job is. Create better work hours and allow employees the ability to take time off if needed. Ensure a more professional relationship between staff and lower management.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible workplace for professional staff."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Parkville (Australia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Parkville (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working "where great minds collide" ... except that by definition and implication, collisions are violent and destructive and the verb "collide" indicates conflict. I think the marketing folk meant "collaborate" or "synergise" rather than "collide". Pretty accurate tag line, though, for what actually goes on, so kudos for being honest about the many conflicts that go on in this workplace.

    Aside from being around great minds, the only good thing about working here is being in a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Academics and researchers love working here. However, their great experiences (and high ratings on Glassdoor) come at the expense of the blood, sweat and tears of under-appreciated and overworked professional staff. Senior leadership is quick to take action if one academic makes an unreasonable complaint and slow to acknowledge hundreds of examples of excellent work that professional staff perform.

    Systems don't make any sense; leadership is dysfunctional; and inefficiencies are deeply embedded everywhere in the organisation. The most hardworking, competent professional staff would still end up being inefficient in this chaotic space.

    To top it all off, the culture of gossip and backstabbing coupled with the terrible IT systems are not conducive to achieving great work.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to genuinely reward and recognise professional staff. Behind every academic and researcher's achievement are dozens of professional staff who put in long hours dealing with inefficient systems and performing thankless jobs.

    Don't jump to change something that works just because a senior academic said something negative. You should also try to keep professional staff happy to be working here, and not simply treat academics as gods and staff as slaves.

    I was part of a huge exodus of miserable, frustrated, highly stressed professional staff who left the University in 2015-16, with someone leaving every week or fortnight from our area. Learn from our departures.

    Set an example of high professionalism in your leadership so that it trickles down to the ranks below. Professionalise the culture and weed out the toxic influences.

    Most importantly, perform an honest and comprehensive review of the BIP restructure and learn from all the terrible experiences that arose from it.

    Be genuinely agile; don't just pretend you are. Live the university services values.

  8. "Terrible environment for sessional staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulated students, wonderful course content.

    Cons

    No job security, no sick pay or holiday pay, no loyalty to great teaching staff. You learn whether you are teaching for the semester 2 weeks prior to it beginning. You are only allowed to teach a maximum of 5 tutes which is not enough to pay the rent or survive on - most people get around 3 tutes, often 2. Turnaround times for marking are ridiculous - often less than a week. School management won't listen to reason or protest or the union. They simply do not care about casual staff. You are told you must attend lectures but don't get paid for going and the same applies to attending meetings to discuss marking and subject curriculum. Avoid the School of Social and Political Science as they have a horrific reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Make tutoring contracts permanent and look after all your staff - it's that simple. We love what we do and should be treated with respect and the financial means to survive during and outside of teaching time.


  9. "IT Specialist"

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

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    Occasionally flexible with working hours.

    Cons

    Bullying. Discrimination. No career progression. High turn over of staff.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "Masters Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parkville (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parkville (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige of the university means nothing in the end.

    Cons

    Students were arrogant and many were bullies. Staff were also arrogant and bullied students.


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