Florida International University

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Florida International University Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2014
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3.7 139 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Florida International University President Mark B. Rosenberg

Mark B. Rosenberg

(66 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • FIU has great benefits, including portable retirement benefit, excellent healthcare benefits(in 9 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance depending on the job(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • compared to peers in other state universities in FL, pay is low when Miami cost of living is high(in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between departments(in 3 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsHealth benefits were pretty good

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    research

    Research (Former Employee) Miami, FL

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

    Conscontracts 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lower level workers abused

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Miami, FL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStamp out favoritism; it smacks of a lack of professionalism.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great co-workers, lousy pay and admins

    Web Developer (Current Employee) Miami, FL

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Adjunct Ghetto

    Adjunct Instructor (Former Employee) Miami, FL

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

    ConsLittle 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Graduate Assistant - Physics (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementHelp 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Students - Poorly Run University

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee) Miami, FL

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPromoting 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Florida International University--- A stepping stone-- A must read

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsThe best part about working at FIU is that it is an upcoming university and your ideas can easily be utilized and implemented. Alot of positions possess a great amount of independence with little to no oversight.

    ConsThe downside of FIU is that upper managements, directors, deans etc, do not know what their staff workers do on an everyday basis. Some management do not even know your work description and therefore recognition is not given and evaluations are a joke. There is a severe lack of structure at FIU and enforcement of a strategic plan.

    Be careful as to which College you apply for, take a look at the number of employees, student to professor ratio etc, and before working at FIU try to speak to someone from within that department or college you are seeking employment. Not all is bad, but very few departments are worth it. It is a young university with lots of changes underway, if you are looking for work at a "real university" apply at a school in north or central Florida.

     FIU is like the mickey mouse of universities, the students treat it as an extension of high school and do not respect administration or staff. Some employees barely speak English and the customer service is severely lacking.

    There are constant changes in restructuring departments and units overall and the university has been undergoing budget cuts for the past few years. There is an overall sense of instability and the common phrase spoken at FIU is "we should be lucky we have a job." This goes to show that employees treat FIU as nothing more than a paycheck and they often do not speak up about problematic issues within their departments.

    There is also a sense that there is lot of inside trading of information, employees do not feel comfortable seeking employment elsewhere in the university because "everyone knows everyone." Although a sense of community exists, it also works to your disadvantage.

    There is a clear glass ceiling at FIU, my professionals at FIU take years to move up so to speak and each position requires way too much education to earn poor pay. For example, most coordinator positions start off at 34000-40000, with a MASTER's degree. Then the raises are very low and some years you will not earn a raise. Luckily the univeristy just implemented a new evaluation process for the entire university, in the past it was up to your department to evaluate you based on ....their own standards if there were any. There is still a sense that you earn a raise if you "friends" with the HR person for your department.

    There is also a terrible misuse of funds in some departments, some will use Foundation money to fund ridiculous items when instead those funds can be better used for scholarships, events etc.

    If you are coming from a private sector job, you may hate FIU completely. Most employees find this place to be a "good starter job" and do not anticipate long term employment. The people that rave about FIU are those who think FIU is the only university in the United States, remember FIU is the only public univeristy in south florida and the only other main choice is UM a private school with a spectular student body. Pretty much if you apply you will get in. There is rolling admission so it is hectic for working in admission and some students are admitted the first week of classes, sometimes after classes have started.

    FIU has potential, but it is far from being Worlds Ahead which is a new campaign to rebrand the image of the study body, faculty, staff and administrators. I think the new president of FIU is leading the university is a positive direction however there is a lot of cleaning house to do.

    There are too many Modesto minded employees and finally the focus is moving toward the students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is an overall sense of instability and the common phrase spoken at FIU is "we should be lucky we have a job." This goes to show that employees treat FIU as nothing more than a paycheck and they often do not speak up about problematic issues within their departments. Employee moral is low across the board and I have yet to meet someone gun-ho about FIU who is not an alumni or have children who have attended. Most employees happy to work at FIU are those who have not branched out of the Miami community. Upper management often lack work related knowledge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Understaffed and underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe environment is so full of energy and diversity, this allows the students to grow so much and experience different things.

    ConsI hope one day the institution invest more in their staff and infrastructure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosflexible in time. long holiday. especially in summer.

    Consvery very low salary. bad management. bad culture. bad supervisor. no future

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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