University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated 7 April, 2015
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  1. I Worked in the administration for a year and then a faculty for nine years before taking retirement benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incvigorating environment with lots of academically gifted people. Good comraderie

    Cons

    The two recent staff rationalisations (2010 and 2014) have been traumatic for some

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good ship going...

  2. Great experience working for a central area

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    Current Employee - Manager (Professional Services) in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager (Professional Services) in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The environment takes some time to get your bearing in. There are notable tradeoffs but ultimately, is a very rewarding environment to learn to navigate. Have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    The weight of "this is how we've always done it" makes things very difficult to achieve cooperation from the rest of the University areas on pretty much anything.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to run professional areas as a business, do so in earnest.

  3. Good researchers, terrible administration.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work schedule in research. I was able to coordinate my time with my adviser and take time off for other projects as needed.
    - Good mentorship by advisers. I learned a lot of new skills in modeling and it was the right balance in terms of hands-on time with my adviser. I also was able to choose where my project was headed

    Cons

    - TERRIBLE administration. They were so late on my paperwork that I lost a chance to apply to a scholarship. There was also very little support and what support there was, was completely overwhelmed by all the requests to ever respond to anything.
    - Not amazing office culture. There weren't many opportunities to interact socially with other researchers.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire some better administrators and office managers.

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  5. 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

  6. Too many chiefs, not enough indians

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  9. Stimulating, well paid and well-connected

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Melbourne (Australia)

    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?

  10. Great people - not always consistent management coming from the top.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful interacting with students - a lot of great staff.

    Cons

    Not always cohesion between departments which could lead to confusion for staff and students, especially with referrals. Also a tendency to instigate large policy reviews that didn't seem to go anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards treating casual staff better - there should be some professional development to support them.

  11. Tutor

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    Current Contractor - Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Tutor in Melbourne (Australia)

    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

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