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Decent place to work at. Good pay. But not much help from supervisor. But others it’s very nice and everyone is very friendly. You get to work with different people which is added bonus
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good work environment

The University of Melbourne is a very good working place. It has a innovative and positive working environment. Everyone within my department is kind and helpful. I learned a lot from Unimelb.
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Great learning experience

As a peer mentor you undergo training and learn how to supervise first -year students and address any concerns they may have. I learnt a lot about leadership and being compassionate to one another especially since this was during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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good working culture

good working culture. management level is supportive to staff professional development and the career pathway is clear. would definitely recommend pepople to work in the university if they look for a good starting point in higher education industry
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Very nice

Nice! I am study master of public health and it is very nice, so many nice people around. The module is great. The lecturers and tutors are also nice as well
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Work and life balance.

Sustained work mindedness: Working with Melbourne university is one of the biggest opportunities I have been graced in my career. The work is diverse and challenging, which is necessary for one’s growth in professional skills and expertise in the craft. And it is because of this challenging work environment that it requires full on attention and supervision from myself to ensure that the operation runs smoothly. And this sustained awareness of the workings of the workplace on a daily basis adds on to the fatigue at work.
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Researcher for media group

It was a good experience working in Melbourne University although the bureaucracy makes it difficult to achieve goals in a timely fashion. The pay is good although there is too much reliance on contracts.
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Great place to work and share with the best

The University is a fantastic place to share and learn from the top minds in any field of interest. Wages are great and the work environment is respectful and open.


Great pay and work environment
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Very supportive people in my department and university wide

As a cancer researcher, I found the university staffs very informative and supportive. Through my doctoral research in this university, my knowledge was advanced to a higher level. What the university can do is to upgrade research facilities and means of transport between the central campus and off-campus because travel and conveniences to conduct experimental are pivotal/essential elements in the life of doctoral students.
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Wonderful place to start a career

They had a very strong emphasis on training & fostered collaboration. I hope that this has continued! - it was the best workplace I have ever worked in. They do need to pay their admin staff more & offer permanent positions to their lecturers et , they need to set the example, be a leading world class employer they could do this!!


Staff training was g8


Commute - too expensive to live in the immediate area
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Very good place to spend your half a day everyday

Work environment is quite independent and relaxed but work itself is quite hands on, a democratic way of leadership surely helps in that. Respectable, helpful organizational culture and a combo of smart & hard work is the reason Uni of Melbourne is top Australian uni from last 13 years in a row and top 35 global university. campus is in Parkville and is beautiful, uni has almost 30 buildings and no traffic inside so you can take a stroll and enjoy greenery and peace.


no micromanagement, ideas are welcomed, campus is beautiful


Paid parking, not much hustle and bustle if you like CBD setting
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Not up to the reputation. Stressful. Managers are just yes men to top execs and do not care about staff

Nice grounds and facilities. Professional staff are like poor cousins of the academic staff as they are not respected. There is very little coordination between different areas. Poor management practices as the senior managers only seems to be concerned about their career advancement.


nice buildings and well maintained grounds


stressful, poor management
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Interesting place to work

Great atmosphere for researchers. Cutting edge research and you work with very smart people. Food options are great and people is friendly to internationals.
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Great University Job

I was a part-time intern for the School of Engineering working with the Telstra Connect team to facilitate the partnership. It was a highly collaborative team with great opportunities to express my opinions and be highly involved.
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It morphed from a strong sense of community to a corporate monolith

When I began as an academic in the late 90s it was such a fun place to work and there was a lot of administrative support to assist with teaching and more personalised support for students. Staff in my area freely connected and collaborated and teaching was reasonably well regarded, which says a lot. It has gradually succumbed to 'brand over substance', research over teaching and real estate over people. Many layers of frontline support for students have gone and been replaced with automated processes and middle management. When I left after 20 years it felt more like a bank than an educational institution- and this might suit some people, but not me. University websites are clunky and hard to navigate, big on glossy pictures and hard to extract specific information. Melbourne's website is one of these and it's symbolic of how it runs. It's IT support is incredibly understaffed for the sheer volume of equipment and locations. Good things : you will find really lovely people in both teaching and administration (called 'professional' at uni). I always enjoyed working with students. The campuses have a nice physical environment and are well connected to public transport. Great libraries and librarians. Good superannuation.
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A relaxed, supportive, great learning workplace

A very relaxed culture. Team stands by each other. No politics. Manager supports learning of new technologies. Work-life balance is more tilted towards life.
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Opportunity to immerse and witness large scale projects

Good place needs more training should promote more cross team collaborationCan be under the pump and gives exposure to working with different project teams
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Worst place I’ve ever worked avoid it

Worst university I ever worked in and I’ve worked at 7. I was a senior manager, micromanagement, fear of authority, people lied about me and HR accepted it I had to get lawyers in the end to protect myself and my job/career they allowed bullying participated in it at a high level DVC level, professionally unethical classist and elitist


Some Autonomy as a senior manager


Micro management long hours lateral violence bullying systems acceptance of lies, deceit, bullying racism worse place for Indigneous people to work elitist classist
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HR Assist

My responsibilities include providing advice, guidance, and support services for human resources processes, policies, and, procedures for the employees who are currently working or worked with the University of Melbourne with a primary focus on transactional processing in Themis HR, including but not limited to on-boarding of the continuing staff, casual staff appointments, and Honorary/Visitor appointments.In addition, I also worked closely with the Finance and HR Relationship Group to provide exceptional customer service and contribute to ongoing service and process improvement activities.


Free fruits and milk for breakfast, free work stationaries
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Positive interaction with students

Some Departmental staff were great to work with. Generally has a positive work culture and endeavours to foster respectful workplace relationships. Not always strong on communication with casual staff.
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Can't praise the management in my department enough. Very helpful and work with you all the way to help you preform at 100% all the time. Very good staff culture and team orientated with a view to deliver outstanding care, customer service and student learning experience.


O/T available, on job training, staff discount


Weekend work, fixed term contracts, discount not offered to casuals
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Based on 130 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.8 out of 5 stars for Management
4.0 out of 5 stars for Culture

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