University of Melbourne Employee Reviews about "professional staff"

Updated 25 Oct 2019

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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. "Researcher"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Student in Melbourne
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, good working environment, excellent professors; have many teaching opportunities for researchers.

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than industry. The efficiency of professional staff is low, perhaps because of the number of professional staff is small while the number of students, teaching and research staff is relatively large.

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  2. "A great and sometimes challenging place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parkville
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality facilities Excellent colleagues (and mostly high calibre students) Global reputation New VC seems to be focussing on the right things

    Cons

    Reductions in no's of professional staff and centralisation of student services are creating overwork for academic and remaining professional staff Student over-recruitment pressures in some departments

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  3. "Student Success Student Co-ordinator"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Coordinator in Parkville
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibilility, fair pay and increases within Hew levels, good colleagues and working environment, excellent maternity leave benefits

    Cons

    Quite hierarchical, division between academic and professional staff, faculties work in silo, various restructures

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "It's lucky the University has a good reputation"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing & Communications Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work, beautiful campus, and access to lots of different opportunities.

    Cons

    Little-to-no strategic direction, staff in management roles (academic & professional) bully staff and there are no consequences, professional staff are treated as inferior to academic staff, old and out-dated systems.

  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of leadership creating toxic culture"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time

    Pros

    Great brand I guess. There are some good systems and processes in place.

    Cons

    I can't speak about the whole University, only one department which unfortunately I can't name because I am still working there. The problem with the systems and processes is that there is not enough training and enforcement of them, particularly the self-service Oracle based EMS. Seems to be a very high turn over of staff - particularly the professional staff. The separation of professional and academic staff is just ridiculous on so many levels.

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  6. 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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  7. "Great work environment - hard to get things done"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant, Organizational Development in Parkville
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Melbourne full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people there were great to work with and there was a strong sense of positive purpose

    Cons

    As a professional staff member it was very hard to get things done. The hierarchical nature of the organisation meant that initiatives needed to be endlessly debated before they could be implemented. Even once a decision to implement something was decided, the central administration had little power to ensure that Faculties and departments followed through. Unfortunately this meant a lot of good work would often go to waste due to inactivity. Career advancement and development was limited as often people would stay in a role for more than 5 years (some as long as 15 years). If you were specialised this made advancement in some teams next to impossible.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Little girl with a curl, right in the middle of her forehead (Professional Staff)"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Data Analyst in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    When she's good, she's very very good: - Work alongside great, intelligent people - Excellent sense of camaraderie among coworkers - My department Managers have all been fantastic - Pay is good, 17% super is excellent, good recognition of entitlements like parental leave - Opportunities to progress in your career path are quite plentiful

    Cons

    When she's bad, she's horrid: - The restructure has been bad, really bad. There's no easy way to let go hundreds of staff, but a lot of the communication about it felt as though it were cloaked in a false optimism with language about "improving processes". It's about fixing the bottom line, we know it, just be honest about it. - Senior management for Professional Staff seem to have very little grip on the reality of day-to-day work and processes here at times. There's a lot of waffle about successes when services can in reality be underfunded, chaotic and dysfunctional. - Organisation can have a lot of internal politics. - IT systems are quite poor and go out of service on a regular basis. - There's a new emphasis from Senior Management on getting things done, but often there's too much rush put on things. More emphasis needs to be put into better, more sensible planning - sometimes it feels like ideas were thought up in the bath last night and presented as Priority One the next morning. Bad decisions made on the fly and then un-done six months later.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "World-class, research-intensive university with unfortunately not so world-class respect for its army of research staff."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkville
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great take-home pay (best of all Australian universities) high world-ranking => good to have on CV great location

    Cons

    bureaucracy is overwhelming if you require research labs - be prepared to put up with suboptimal facilities for a (very) long time as PostDoc you are second-class staff compared to professional staff and tenured academics work/life balance depends too much on your line manager despite clear policies

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  10. "Great conditions but ultimately too slow-moving a workplace"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    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

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