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Florida International University Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
18 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, basically you will be able to have quality time with your family (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • low pay and lack of opportunity to advance (in 9 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.  

    Less and less

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

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting students, lots of exercise walking from the limited parking

    Cons

    Limited salary and resources, ditsy university administration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    RA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida International University

    Pros

    If you like research and you find a good adviser. That maybe very interesting and you got you Ph.d degree in 4-5 years.

    Cons

    Because you are a student so the income is pretty low and you professor maybe force you to work a lot or he can fire you anytime he wants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not trade your students too uncharitable.

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

    Disorganization is the name of the game

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida International University

    Pros

    The weather, people are generally nice, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    No communication across departments, people move at their own pace and complacency is very common.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida International University

    Pros

    you can learn much more than your imagination

    Cons

    not to much salary, and you need to find one study route that belongs to yourself.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political Leadership in the Academy

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor
    Former Employee - Associate Professor

    I worked at Florida International University

    Pros

    Situated in south western Miami-Dade county. The university serves a diverse student body. Some very talented faculty.

    Cons

    The political nature of promotion, retention, and tenure sets the stage for power struggles between and among faculty for leverage and security. Older faculty have little confidence they can advance in rank, as benchmarks change with the university's ongoing revision to its mission statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster shared governance principles and discipline appropriate policies for RPT for each college. Discourage power blocks among senior faculty in unit governance. Establish a clear mission statement that promotes academic life, equity among units, schools, and colleges, and teaching, research, and service mission of the university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is scary bad

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    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
  8.  

    It's perfectly "meh".

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    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 a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad administration

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    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
  10.  

    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 a 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
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    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 a 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

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