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Victoria University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. "Teaching Mechanical Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible time to teach, relax environment to work.
    Hands-on students and eager to learn and engage if you know to engage them.

    Cons

    The parking spots are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Lab devices need to be updated.


  2. "The usual problems"

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    Current Employee - Teaching in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Victoria University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty and administrative staff, interesting students with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and languages, decent rate of pay for adjunct staff.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for casual, sessional, or adjunct lecturers and tutors to progress to full time (let alone tenured) positions - no matter how qualified and dedicated they are. None of your research time is subsidized, there is limited office space, and no job security.

    Advice to Management

    Support your casual academic staff! Invest in undergraduate degree streams like Creative Writing that are bringing in huge numbers of enrollments!

  3. "Student Services"

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

    I have been working at Victoria University full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Positive Social atmosphere

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  4. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Online Content and E-learning Designer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Online Content and E-learning Designer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money,
    Flexible hours,
    Good super
    good perks

    Cons

    Rigid Management System in place,
    Some rude colleagues


  5. "No longer the good place it was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Victoria University full-time

    Pros

    I'm a very long standing employee and I've seen it slide from having 5 star ratings for teaching and student support to where it is now - bottom of everything. There are still some pros of working here:

    * There are still students for whom I can make a difference.
    * Some of my colleagues are terrific people, with the interests of their students at heart. They are hard-working, selfless, and inspiring.
    * I still have opportunities for exploring innovative teaching practices.

    Cons

    * Morale is very low, teaching staff are disillusioned and exhausted.
    * Because the University has lost its reputation for good teaching, many students are simply those who can't get in anywhere else. Entry ATAR scores have plummeted, and simply to fill numbers the University enrols students who are well-nigh unteachable.
    * Combination of centralizing and staff-cutting means that essential matters take longer, and are harder to do.
    * Staff tend to be overworked.
    * There is a lot of reporting and information gathering with no apparent purpose other than to do it.
    * Trying to squeeze in research is becoming well-nigh impossible for many staff.
    * There is a strong feeling that the central management is completely divorced from the reality of the day-to-day work of the academic teachers and researchers.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on leveraging staff expertise, rather than trying to re-invent the university all the time. Good staff are leaving not because they are getting better offers elsewhere, but because they are simply fed up.


  6. "Great Learning Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive Management, great colleagues, PD opportunities

    Cons

    Change Management, lots of staff movement for re-alignments


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A warning to students to choose a safer option"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some fine and passionate educators, good information educators and a campus brimming with potential.

    Cons

    VU is in perma-crisis and any student thinking of a degree of any kind, but especially a postgraduate degree, is seriously advised to look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    VU's image locally, nationally and internationally is in shreds. There are simply too many true bad news stories from students and academic staff in the ether for a few fragments of good news spin to offset. A sinking ship in a country with too many universities.

  8. "Good place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Victoria University full-time

    Pros

    Emerging and more research focused now. More expert people are involving in diverse projects. The overall student management system is good and moving towards more online based courses.

    Cons

    Little resource to accomplish project works. Research project budgets are not sufficient to accomplish the project. VEs are more encouraged than post grad.


  9. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Victoria University full-time

    Pros

    Good, quiet office space to work, and provided with opportunities to travel overseas for conferences and professional development paid by employer.

    Cons

    computers are ageing and could be replaced, but otherwise things run quite well here. Sometimes in semester, the internet is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Please upgrade the computers, and provide more PD for students on a regular basis - both practical and theoretical.


  10. "Okay, but not worth the effort"

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    Former Employee - Student Services
    Former Employee - Student Services
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you're after seasonal work or a bit of extra money, it was pretty good, the pay was quite high. There were a lot of availabilities, especially during the peak period at the start of each semester.

    Cons

    Don't expect to have a 'home' campus. You're expected to work at all campuses - from Melbourne CBD to Weribee. If you can't commit to that, you're told not to bother working with them.

    The way the contracts done was pretty sneaky - we signed contracts that were to expire right after the peak period, and were told that there would be a high chance that the contracts would be renewed and really sold it as a long term career option. We went through a week long training learning how to use all the systems and processes, however not one of these skills were used once. As soon as census date passed, they massively reduced shifts from 4-5 days a week to 1 day a week. My contract was never renewed.

    I felt extremely unappreciated - management only seemed to talk to you if they were not happy with your performance and 9/10 times they had something to complain about. Most days you were never told what to do and you were dumped in the deep end with them assuming you could read their mind.

    As a final note, it was pretty sneaky promising up to 4-5 shifts a week on the advertisement. Not once did I work more than twice a week.

    Advice to Management

    There's too much micromanaging. Actually communicate to your staff, make them feel appreciated - and not only the staff you favour.


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