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The University of Melbourne Reviews
Reviews by The University of Melbourne graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar3.9GradAustralia surveyed 13 graduates working at The University of Melbourne. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 13 responses.
- Great working conditions
- The wide range of experiences you get as part of the graduate rotations.
- The willingness to assist culture.
- No expectation of overtime. When you do work outside of regular office hours you are generously compensated
- The staff are passionate about what they do. There are always interesting projects going on. Managers respect life work balance. It is a supportive workplace. Despite being a large organisation, when you meet someone you'll always have a few work friends in common.
- Sometimes grads are treated as interns
- Bureaucratic structure; projects can be slower than they need to be - Lack of communication and transparency between academic and professional staff
- Insular, elitist
- It's a very complex organisation so sometimes it's hard to navigate who does what and who is responsible for what. The longer you are here the easier this gets I think.
What insiders say about…
I like that my supervisor keeps me busy and is willing to take the time to teach me, however, the work itself is quite uninspiring and not hugely challenging, which leads me to question its developmental benefits.
Our company honours tradition but also prides itself on being cutting-edge. Being so large, there are countless subcultures within departments and teams, but on the whole, I would describe the culture as respectful, tolerant, competitive and friendly. Excellence is highly valued. In my experience, people are busy, so socialising is not always a priority.
Being a part of the graduate program means the hiring process was much longer and more vigorous than standard recruitment. It was an application, an IQ test, a video interview, an assessment centre, a behavioural test, and a final face-to-face interview.
Mostly behavioural questions - can you give me an example of a time when... (...you demonstrated leadership/...you were facing a big challenge and how you overcame it/etc.). But also the standard "Why do you want to work at the University/in the University sector?".
I would recommend that they apply because they actually really want to work in the higher-education industry; not just so they can get ANY graduate position. The passion for the industry will then shine through in their interviews/assessments. I would also recommend that they don't try too hard - I helped out with the recruitment for the 2018 graduates, and there is nothing worse than people who are trying too hard to sound professional/sound like a "go getter" and aren't being themselves. You can't get to know what they're really like when they behave like that, so my advice is to just relax and be sincere!
My company and my team are quite flexible. I am able to work from home 1 day per week/fortnight and I can start late or finish early if I have other commitments to make it to. I generally make up for any time I take out on the other days of the week!
The University provides its graduates with a very attractive remuneration package that is well-above industry average.
Depending on where you are placed, you get access to specific perks (free theatre shows is an example). The University also provides access to services for all staff, that ranges from discounts at art galleries, to medical care.
Again, it really varies from team to team. The beauty of the University having SUCH a hierarchical structure is that almost everyone is a manager. You will always be sitting near someone who is, in which case you do have a lot of access to managers. That being said, your manager might be too low-level to answer/assist in your question, in which case you need to find THEIR manager, which can be harder if they don't even sit in the same office or are always running off to meetings. My last supervisor was great for providing praise/recognition, but was not a good mentor/role model. However, while HER supervisor wasn't great with praise/recognition, he was a good mentor/role model. Sometimes you can't get what you need from one manager, but take a bit from multiple managers. The problem exists when you have to worry about going over one manager's head, or if you only have one manager...
Soft skills training - e.g. developing resilience, strengths building etc. Hard skills training - e.g. StudentOne software, PageUp, Nexus
From my observations, it's possible to move up the ranks at a decent pace if you are determined and good enough.
I have heard the maternity leave conditions are very positive
Public value projects are a current target in the 2015-2020 strategic plan
All offices are recently refurbished or going through that process. Transitioning into sitting/standing desks. Pleased with facilities overall. Dress code ranges but smart casual is acceptable. Full suits are rare.
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