University of Melbourne Employee Reviews about "academics"

Updated 2 Jun 2020

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University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell (no image)
Duncan Maskell
47 Ratings
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  • "Reductions in no's of professional staff and centralisation of student services are creating overwork for academic and remaining professional staff(in 12 reviews)

  • "Academics are very smart in their subject area, but that does not always translate to good people and program management(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good pay, relaxed work."

    5.0
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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Melbourne for less than a year

    Pros

    Good to be with academics and learn on the job.

    Cons

    Some tasks can get monotonous.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Veterinarian in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to other senior academics and up and coming students

    Cons

    Beauracratic management system decrease innovation and customer service.


  3. "Pretty Good"

    4.0
    Former Contractor - Researcher in Parkville

    I worked at University of Melbourne for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place, great people, great topics

    Cons

    Contract management, direct management is weak. Academics are very smart in their subject area, but that does not always translate to good people and program management.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent incentives but has its issues in terms of culture and career progession"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    excellent super, sense of community and support (depending on department), good reputation so great for CV, flexible hours (depending on department), good and interesting projects, some very inspiring staff (academics and professional)

    Cons

    very hierarchical, lack of career progression and support - it's "who you know" in some areas, inability to deal with bullying and dispute management respectfully, bad behaviour rewarded or 'swept under the carpet,' people are not their most important assets as they try to promote, silos, clique culture in some areas

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  5. "Lots of bureaucracy, obsessed with Left-wing agenda"

    3.0
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    Current Contractor - Academic Tutor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and good location

    Cons

    Most jobs are on a contract basis. Administrative infrastructure is quite backward and inefficient. A lot of power-play between people. Not a safe place unless you buy into left-wing ideology. There is a lot of focus on inclusivity and anti-bullying but this always refers to gender and sexuality - other aspects of inclusivity such as racial, religious or freedom of thought is not emphasised. As a Christian, your worldview will not be respected here. Disappointing for an institution of academics that should be a space for open discussion.

  6. "Interesting time"

    4.0
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Work life balance, no problems with resourcing, nice people, great location (close to pubs, cafes & city), academics are great!

    Cons

    Beauracracy can be a bore, average career advancement opportunities

  7. "Good place to work but won't get permanent"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Fellow 

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well-reputed Rooms to grow great research opportunities

    Cons

    Non-realistic expectations from junior academics

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Be cautious early career researchers"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Academic in Parkville
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good research infrastructure, competitive salary

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility. Too much lip service, too little action. I personally, saw a few young academics through the years given little support for their career ambitions. These same people made significant contributions beyond their role to the agenda of their faculty.

  9. "Senior Lecturer"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good city, good interdisciplinary collaborations, excellent academics

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Academics exploited and spread too thin on too many task.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible workplace for professional staff."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Parkville
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time for 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.

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