University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated 7 April 2015
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  1. The experience is indeed enriching!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Tremendous scope for personal growth and learning

    Cons

    Tough competition, limited training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Need for frequent training programs

  2. Too many chiefs, not enough indians

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great physical environment, lots of very smart people, best students and research staff in the land. Superb rank-and-file administrative and academic staff who soldier on and make the best of poor management. Has huge potential to be a genuinely top level university in the global context.

    Cons

    Very clumsy management from above coupled with arrogant 'we know best' approach that determinedly shuts out staff. Uni PR is more important than staff welfare. Staff are given only a token voice in major decisions. Meanwhile, everyday things like IT systems, student enquiry systems, etc, don't work well at all. Many staff are very overworked and pressured by staff cuts and broken systems. Endless rounds of reviews and restructures constantly destabilise and drive down morale, while management sails on, patting each other on the back, blissfully unaware.

    Advice to Management

    Break the circles of groupthink. Come down from the clouds and learn to actually talk to staff. If the senior management team were half as capable at their jobs as the average overworked admin or research staffer at this uni, it would be unbeatable.

  3. Good experience. Great working environment and opportunities to learn new things.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary.

    Cons

    Not enough work to earn a proper salary, no benefits, casual work.

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  5. Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and conditions, bonus leave over Christmas
    Good team and collaboration within division
    Very nice people to work with
    Above industry pay with additional super

    Cons

    Low career opportunities unless you want to carve out a career in the University,
    Training was average and targeted too broadly (ie. available to all academic staff, or all professional staff)
    Not a dynamic fast moving environment
    Can be difficult to work with people from other divisions
    Too many layers of senior management - takes too long to make decisions, too many committees etc

    Advice to Management

    At a senior level, make decisions faster and communicate more rapidly to staff
    Processes for decision making unclear and need to be improved

  6. Stimulating, well paid and well-connected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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. Tutor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Tutor in Melbourne
    Current Contractor - Tutor in Melbourne

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    Cons

    Not enough work to earn a proper salary, and no benefits, all casual work

  8. A good place to work if you are in the right team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries for the sector and a great location on the city fringe. There are some really talented people working here and lots of positive work on the academic side which can be inspiring. It's Australia's best university so will always look good on your resume, and it's a big organisation so there is room to move around.

    Cons

    It can be extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical, and it can take a long time to get anything done. Culture in some areas is better than in others; the senior management don't always put enough effort into building a positive team culture.

  9. Great work culture, overly bureaucratic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, better than average remuneration, room to move within organisation and between institutions, transferable skills.Good variety of work

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and decentralised. Red tape inevitably leading to process inefficiency. Lack of accountability in certain areas. Excessive amount of institutional knowledge required in order to fulfill often basic job functions.

  10. Rewarding and productive

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great research and great people

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as in industry

    Advice to Management

    No major issues

  11. Good experience, not a long term option.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible work life balance, laid back environment. Great people to work with, nice to work somewhere that does make a positive contribution to the community through its research. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Too much University bureaucracy, too many employees who aren't competitive but simply stick around for the staff benefits. There aren't enough career progression opportunities as there are in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Should be greater focus on innovation and performance management of employees. Those who under perform should be pushed out.

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