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Updated April 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. "Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Perfect working environment for students.

    Cons

    Can't think of any really.


  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. "analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, annual leave, 17% super

    Cons

    not good promotion, always having a staff restructure

    Advice to Management

    listen to the lower front line staff as they have good ideas


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  5. "High hourly rate and supportive staff"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule as a casual assistant. Suppotive colleague and staff on campus. High rate and user friendly staff system.

    Cons

    For casual staff not enough and structured training. Could be a personal experience only. I enjoyed working at my uni in summary.


  6. "Good opportunity"

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    Current Employee - University Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - University Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for recalling knowledge
    Good in resume
    Easy way to meet other talented students, probably easier to form group in group assignments.
    Get training

    Cons

    Time consuming
    There is a chance for getting some tutorials with bad time slot.
    Need to be very careful with the words and acts, as this could affect the uni.

    Advice to Management

    This post is basically not related to management, as we don't manage people, we basically is the bottom most layer in the teaching team.


  7. "Amazing opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Communication Administrator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Communication Administrator in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The culture, diversity, management is at its best.
    Employee rights, health, well-being and safety is ensured at all levels.
    Job security and pay is highly satisfactory.

    Cons

    One needs to have strong internal networks to get a job.
    Pay rises and promotions are difficult.


  8. "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


  9. "Tutor work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good, flexible work to support yourself during your studies.
    Learn more from subjects you help tutor than when you took them.
    Large amounts of autonomy

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement if you don't plan on PhD
    Doesn't develop industry-related skills.

    Advice to Management

    Work out a way to incentivize experienced casual staff to stay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  11. "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.


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