Florida International University

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Florida International University Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
171 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, basically you will be able to have quality time with your family (in 8 reviews)

  • FIU has great benefits, including portable retirement benefit, excellent healthcare benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is low, parking is terrible (in 6 reviews)

  • compared to peers in other state universities in FL, pay is low when Miami cost of living is high (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Management is scary bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Instructor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Instructor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    The academic politics are out of control. Compliance is valued - innovation is not. Those in positions of power have no idea how to treat intelligent, motivated employees. All admins care about is their pay check - students are so far down the list its an abomination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require everyone from the President down who supervises employees to take advanced classes in HR and management. Stop hiring faculty that can't speak English or speak so poorly that the students can't understand what they are talking about.

    Fire the dean of the business school, he is on his way ruining everything the previous dean built. He is getting rid of long term faculty and admin and replacing them with him own people at very high salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It's perfectly "meh".

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great for students
    -Tuition assistance is available for some

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Bureaucracy
    -Lack of vertical promotion or mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and provide them with opportunities to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits as far as health, vacation, and sick.

    Cons

    The administration is horrible. You can spend weeks waiting for someone to turn a call or email. Students are definitely not a priority, the faculty are. Higher administration only cares about the amount of money faculty bring in, not the students. I had HUNDREDS of students walk into my office complaining that nobody is able to help them. No matter the department or office, students are thrown to the bottom. Staff does whatever they want as far as hours or vacation, because nobody cares. They take time off during the busiest time of the year or they show up to work at 11 am. It seems as if nobody really cared. If you ever want a raise....GOOD LUCK! That will never happen. After years of negotiation, the university finally increased our salaries by 1%!! It's absurd and insulting. Also, there is absolutely no space to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you should actually MANAGE. The way the university runs is horrible. The students should be priority, not you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Plenty of work and even more people out to destroy your good name and reputation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Health benefits were pretty good

    Cons

    Cant pay me enough to endure so much drama and lack of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    research

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    Former Employee - Research in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Research in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The school is located in a good city with lots of fun events. There is happy atmosphere in this city and good weather.

    Cons

    contracts are renewed every semester and most of people do not have a long term contract. The payments are very low and there is no benefits or bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Lower level workers abused

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing entity; students are respectful and hardworking and you have an opportunity to further your education at no cost.

    Cons

    Administrative assistants are overworked; when two leave only one is replaced and the other has to do two jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stamp out favoritism; it smacks of a lack of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great co-workers, lousy pay and admins

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Great Benefits
    Work/life balance
    Education - free tution

    Cons

    Salaries are way below average, especially in I.T. sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Adjunct Ghetto

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large international study body brings an interesting mix of experience and perspective to the classroom.

    Cons

    Little freedom to plan or structure my classes. I was required to teach "the program," which required a great expenditure of time for very little pay. Also, there was little support from management when problems with students arose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to require a specific program be taught, then provide standard assignments and lesson plans so each incoming teacher doesn't have to recreate the same wheel. Also, if you raise the class enrollment cap, raise the per class pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    FIU is behind in opportunities and gets little recognition and support to its graduates.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant - Physics in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant - Physics in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University

    Pros

    You get to live in Miami, the campus is nice, the weather is warm, the education is really top notch but the university gets little recognition for it's quality (and difficulty) of education.

    Cons

    They want you to stay broke, the cost of living in this city makes it difficult to live on the salary you are given, the professors can be difficult to work with, not too different than being a grad student anywhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the students, they work hard and have no life and get little for it. I have never been more depressed as a grad student than I have ever been in my life. The universities funding problem is exacerbated by the spending to expand infrastructure, but they cut classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Students - Poorly Run University

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University

    Pros

    The students bring unusually strong life experience to their work. They are culturally diverse and think about the larger picture.

    Cons

    The management of the university and its infrastructure are incompetent. So much so that there is a strong resistance to bringing in top administration (president, provost, deans, etc.) from outside the university. It is as if the school were afraid of getting "caught" on its incompetence. Because of the incompetence (which is especially evident as they try to graduate), alumni leave angry and do not support the university, which cuts it off from the South Florida community. This makes it hard to connect to the real world. We are a community institution that the community will not support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within merely perpetuates the stagnation. Why not try to increase our standing nationally? FIU seems satisfied with being a glorified community college when it is clearly positioned to be a leader in multinational and diverse education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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