University of Florida Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
398 Reviews

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Pros
  • The work environment is friendly and the people are nice (in 20 reviews)

  • great people and great place to work (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • College town, so it is boring after the first year (in 9 reviews)

  • difficult to get opportunity for chemistry graduate students (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Many years working for UF and still waiting for an opportunity for career advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    benefits, vacation and sick leave accruals
    State retirement benefits
    UF is the only "real" employer in the city

    Cons

    Hire-and-fire HR policy. No real human resource management, no career planning. People are often hired into higher positions based on "who they know" or if they are a spouse of a faculty; rarely based on qualifications and credentials.
    Male-oriented environment; very few management opportunities for minority women. Physicians and faculty have ultimate administrative decision-making although many of them have no managerial experience (financial or HR).
    Top leadership only cares about the faculty; staff is rarely mentioned or appreciated.
    Very bureaucratic institution with many incompetent members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement "merit-based" incentive program for staff (faculty already get all the perks and salary raises).
    make the annual performance appraisal a useful tool that reflects on salary and promotion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Geared more towards administrative career development than any other type - a problem at a research heavy institution.

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    Current Employee - Senior Biological Scientist  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Biological Scientist in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice spot in Florida to be; decent compensation; positive academic research environment lacks the negative intensity of other US areas.

    Cons

    Politics-heavy; constant restructuring/ re-branding give appearance of lack of focus; minimal positive intensity of other US research areas.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Working as an academic physician in the UF Health.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant Professor  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant Professor in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large university, lots of opportunities for collaboration. Gainesville is a great small town to live in and raise the family, easy access to big cities and coast.

    Cons

    Despite being a sunshine state, everything that happens in the College of Medicine is opaque. As a physician, trying to do what is good for the patient is challenging. There is old boys network culture here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Go Gators

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Gainesville is a nice college town. UF has the some of the top graduate programs in the country. You will leave well trained and ready for the next step in your career.

    Cons

    Good teaching assistants are often overloaded--which many hinder your ability to graduate quickly.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida

    Pros

    Challenging, Innovative, Friendly, Delightful, Sunny

    Cons

    Limited growth, part time, Slow work pace

  7.  

    TA'd while graduate student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida

    Pros

    well, if you get a science/engineering/etc degree, you usually have financial support

    Cons

    crappy health insurance and no dental

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to be a good school, hire good professors, support research, and retain them. foosball and other sportsing around does not make your graduates employable or smarter more well rounded citizens of the world. If you never force ALL students to challenge the views they arrive with what will they learn (im looking at you professional-tracks like business/med/etc)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Indifferent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility, Coworkers, Events, Work Environment, Attire

    Cons

    Management, Favoritism (by management), Benefits, Company Loyalty, Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the operations better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Graduate Assistant at UF

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at University of Florida part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of support in a strong community that helps foster teaching skill sets. Benefits weren't shabby.

    Cons

    Pay was awful; we also had to pay fees even though tuition was covered by the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the graduate students needs.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work environment is friendly and the people are nice. And of course the weather is always nice here in Florida. Go Gators!

    Cons

    Lots of politics within departments prevent simple everyday things from getting completed. Oftentimes it requires... add more later

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Low pay, but not the worst

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    Current Employee - Fellowship  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Fellowship in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you're working here as an assistant, you're probably a student as well. The campus is nice and the staff are generally friendly. The pay is not bad and as a PhD student I got a full ride and stipend from a fellowship. Teaching was actually really fun, since I taught a core class and the kids seemed to care. Also healthcare.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low compared to what I could be doing in industry, so that's a big negative. Working in computer science, I feel like most of the work I do is pretty pointless since most things are pioneered by industry these days anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    College-level research in the CS field is dying.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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