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Monash University  (/ˈmɒnæʃ/) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. Named for prominent World War I general Sir John Monash, it was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest university in the State of Victoria. The university has a number of campuses, four of which are in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula, and Parkville), and one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching center in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India, and a graduate school in Suzhou, China. Monash University courses are also delivered at other locations, including South Africa.

A disgusted student called Cody shared his/her experience with Monash University for UNIVERSITY REVIEWS: “Does not value its students or staff. Really didn’t enjoy my time at Monash. The university tends to stuff as many students as they can into classes, and then cut corners by underpaying and overworking staff. This really showed in my Arts and Science degree; not a single teacher knew my name and I spent four years feeling like a number to the university. I really encourage prospective students to look for an institution which values its students and their education, rather than considering Monash, which is essentially a greedy business”


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Adjunct lecturer Climatology (Former Employee) says

"Hardest part of the job is to deal with the students whose views are listened to than the lecturers. The students at Monash run the campus and management listen to them than the lecturers and they always say that they are our main stakeholders. Cons: long hours and low salary"

Animal Technician (Former Employee) says

"Staff are over worked, skills under utilised unless of course management can manipulate you. Don't care about workplace injuries, wellbeing or any flexibility. They want robots not staff with ideas or initiative. Cons: Too many to list"

Clinical Trial Coordinator (Current Employee) says

"Have been working in this research unit for many years. Cons: long hours expected unpaid, HR non-supportive, Management cannot be trusted, non-supportive"

Senior Lecturer (Current Employee) says

"Cheap Cons: Everything"

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) says

"If you have the connections you can get far with low research efforts. Your manager and the interactive virtual training programme tell you and teaches you about ethics in theory. But if you are higher up the ladder you basically can treat people like your personal slaves, spying, pressuring and blackmailing included. Promise and break. The diversity here means, if you have peers higher up you are well integrated. If you don't, then good luck to you. Overall the incompetence is high even in professorial levels, but the networks help you stay in your position. I learned about research grant shuffling, improper equipment utilization, bad project planning, unenthusiastic supervision, low interest in science, rebranding of regurgitated materials. Cons: bad pay if you are overloaded with responsibilities, research quality rather low, mostly dependent on collaborations and students"

Technical Officer (Former Employee) says

"Overall I think this is a good University. It is one well worth studying at. I would highly recommend it to any prospective student. I loved working there, interacting with the students and other staff. No two days were the same and there was always new and interesting things to learn. That's the good part."

Senior lecturer (Current Employee) says

"There is unrealistic KPI expectations placed on you."

Project Manager and Solution Architect (Former Employee) says

"Lots of politics working in education. Was across an AWS migration of their environment. Lots of red tape to get anything done. The contractors working there seemed to be the ones actioning the work, whereas the full time employees were a bit more challenging"

Senior Executive position (Former Employee) says

"Not a fun place to work. A top heavy management structure hears very little from front-line staff. Power-hungry megalomaniacs rule ruthlessly.No appreciation of good work. Sycophants are promoted without a due selection process."

Assistant Lecturer (Tutor) says

"The most enjoyable part of the job is helping students to learn to get a better understanding of finance and business and being appreciated."

Project Manager (Former Employee) says

"If you are a ‘yes’ person, you will do well here. Management are generally cold faced, policy-driven and self interested, and contrary to a projected image, the environment is change-resistant unless a tangible PR benefit is present. In this way, it supports mediocrity more than innovation, and will use semi-unethical practices to keep boxed or even oust anyone who doesn’t conform. Cons: Management, use of funds, ethics"

Project Manager (Former Employee) says

"Management protect their own, at the expense of employees. There is no feedback review process for managers, so they can get away with basically anything."

Senior lecturer - Civil Engineering Discipline (Current Employee) says

"I enjoy quality academia but definitely finances are terrible"

Tutor in Criminal Justice (Former Employee) says

"I loved the students and teaching but managers were terrible. Constant undermining, lots of nepotism. All tenured staff so lazy, petty & mean-spirited Cons: management horrible and incompetent."

TECHNICAL OFFICER (Former Employee) says

"Great superannuation benefits but not as family friendly or workplace flexible as they pretend to be."

Postgraduate Course Coordinator/Senior Lecturer (Current Employee) says

"This is a typical university with excessive workload requirements and a lack of resourcing. As a G8 university, the business model is primarily focussed on research output which ultimately results in under-resourcing towards ensuring optimal quality in education output. Cons: Poor work like balance"

Research assistant (Current Employee) says

"Monash University has a lot of rules, but, unfortunately, almost half of them won't make any sense to the very majority of people. "Yes, I also hate these stupid rules" - thats what all my colleagues kept saying. But of course nobody ever tried to complain. Cons: Unfriendly atmosphere, everyone is on their own"

Academic Researcher (Former Employee) says

"Great environment and culture for academic research, Promotes innovative thinking and collaboration between researchers. Excellent working environment."

Research Assistant (Former Employee) says

"-Was more of a part time job, couldn't comment much"

PROJECT OFFICER (Former Employee) says

"Great Institution to begin a life long career. During my time there I was involved in high calibre internationally recognised research. Cons: lack of permanent-ongoing roles."

Current Employee - Teaching Assistant, College Or University says

"I have been working at Monash University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Changed the title to practice class assistant or something like that to avoid paying the Tutoring rate; Played around with words to significantly reduce the level of your work that you perform from tutoring/mentoring/teaching to perform simply "other required activities"; Ripped off 75% of what you should be getting paid; Poor support system, tutors don't often get support and have to really collaborate among themselves to improve teaching quality, lecturers are hired because of their 'splendid' research output but only a few of them cared about teaching quality and passions in teaching future accountants/engineers/etc; Underpaid all the time, you wouldn't get paid outside class time/marking, e.g. answering questions from students privately or manning the Q&A forum; There are so much more it's just purely disgusting; Poor vision and have no idea what to do when pandemic started but said they're still delivering top-end education- I call that bs, no one has even done online delivery in the faculty/department, how can you say that you're professional & expert in that?? Absolutely crap, you only said that because you wanted students to stay and not ask for a refund of their already paid fee."

Current Employee - Educational Designer says

"I have been working at Monash University full-time for more than a year Cons: If you are a Learning Designer/Instructional Designer who is passionate about designing engaging learning experiences, do not come here. No, you will not be using eLearning authoring tools or other tools. You will be building the academics awful content (just text) straight into a Moodle shell that is reminiscent of an early 2000's LMS, with absolutely no UX design. The academics have the final say on everything so there is no creativity to design anything interesting or engaging for students. You will simply copy their awful content into an awful online format. The academics (except in the education faculty) have no understanding of pedagogy or principles of teaching and learning in any setting, particularly in online learning. Managers are inept and unable to make decisions and the upper hierarchy do not hold academics accountable to educational standards. You will not be supported in any situation where you disagree with an academic, even if it will lead to poor learning experience and outcomes for students. This is where real Learning/Educational/Instructional Designers come if they no longer want to design anything interesting or constructively aligned. Avoid at all costs!"

Current Employee - Academic says

"I have been working at Monash University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Staff are treated very poorly by the management and those in roles of power. There's a lot of bias, discrimination, favoritism, and cronyism that is embedded in the culture of this University, especially since the last 2-3 years. It causes a lot of mental anguish for staff who are repressed and treated poorly. In many units, staff are discouraged from speaking up. Managers bully staff and this is mostly done one on one behind closed doors. In the open, the conversation is all beautiful, and this is the charade that hides their unprofessional behaviour. UNPROFESSIONAL, with very poor people skills. People who seek help from these bullies are just disregarded, discouraged, or not taken seriously. Bullies operate freely and are protected right from the top - the main bully. This is a very depressing place to work in. It causes a lot of mental anguish to staff, who speak about it privately but they know there is nothing that can be done as long as these people remain on Campus."

Former Employee - Associate Professor says

"I worked at Monash University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Leadership creates culture of fear where no one enjoys working or dares to speak up. Culture is authoritarian and it is only the leadership's way or the high-way. People are afraid to speak up. Campus only focuses on teaching and neglects research, essential to academics' careers. Teaching evaluations from students (which have empirically been proven useless and counterproductive) are the Holy Grail and all staff performance evaluations focus on it, regardless excellent research output. Workshop after workshop has to be done, which is tedious and makes it feel like you're doing production work. They are generally not helpful at all, and the atmosphere is negative. For everything there is a form, bureaucracy is tedious, slow and running out of hand. For publication records, one has to fill in an incredible amount of forms. Something that can be done using simply ONE doi number. Salary progression is very slow to non-existent. Promotion is almost impossible. Salary is also low and grant acquisition almost impossible (in particular if you are non-Malaysian). Advice from academics to improve departments are not listened to, as the leadership only seems to want passive individuals who focus on teaching and do not say anything independently. Turnover is very high as talented academics leave due to a lack of research possibilities and extremely high teaching load. Monash Malaysia had a lot of potential. Intelligent students and motivated staff all enter the university to eventually leave disillusioned due to incapable leadership. My advice to those who wish to pursue an academic career: Stay away."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Monash University full-time for more than 10 years Cons: Nasty, political, cash-grabbing, exploitative of students as well as younger staff; vast salaries for business and older, senior staff. Often make whole groups redundant; undermine genuinely progressive scholarship and initiatives; sell buildings out from under excellent community initiatives. Relies on propaganda and a reputation long gone. Never reward loyal staff but bring in either ex-government ministers or else senior commercials for professorial and head-kicking positions respectively. By head-kicking I mean wholesale sacking of departments or schools."

Former Employee - Project Manager says

"I worked at Monash University full-time for more than a year Cons: Highly political, no employee security, managers protect each other, worst CIO portfolio in the country."

Former Employee - Senior Lecturer says

"I worked at Monash University full-time for more than a year Cons: Everything goes wrong. Think twice"

Current Employee - Animal Technician says

"I have been working at Monash University part-time for more than 5 years Cons: Poor management Only national public holidays are days off No reward or appreciation Not easy to move up or grow in field"

Former Employee - Student Service Officer says

"I worked at Monash University full-time for more than a year Cons: Slow administration staff, horrible student service. HR can be difficult to work with, close to being useless. They don't follow procedures, especially probation procedure. There's no probation goals, meetings, expectations, feedback or warnings. No induction for new staff either. HR guy's commented it's OK that they don't follow procedures which is shocking. Many employees have been at Monash for many many years so work ethic is neither strong nor good. Once they are in, they just want to stay for the entitlements. Toxic, bullying culture, dog eats dog mentality in BUSECO falculty, family business environment."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Monash University full-time Cons: Work place, people, culture and work."

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