University of Melbourne

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University of Melbourne Reviews

Updated 5 October, 2014
Updated 5 October, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Tutor

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

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

    Pros

    Academic freedom, varied times, decent salary

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    Pros

    Good environment, high salary and nice coworkers. Located in the center of Melbourne city with convenience transport.

    Cons

    For foreign employees, hard to get a permanent position, so you need to work hard to extend your contract.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Non-academic Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time (more than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work culture, overly bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding and productive

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great research and great people

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as in industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No major issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience, not a long term option.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Melbourne

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  10.  

    Some great people, some not so great

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

    I have been working at University of Melbourne part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and clear expectations. Most people are lovely and helpful, although some are not so helpful and a little odd.

    Cons

    On several occasions it took me months to get paid. This is reasonably common because the system is quite complex, and there can be several people required to approve pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunity. Lots of exposure in the field. Great people and very friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Melbourne full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Academically very good. Great work quality. Good and friendly colleagues. Friendly environment. Culturally diverse

    Cons

    No parking. Very big campus, so its difficult to engage in all activities. Lack of awareness among faculties.

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