University of Florida Reviews

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  1. Academic Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resources, Academically fit students, employee benefits

    Cons

    Political challenges, lack of training for new hires, academic deans can be controlling

  2. Sprawling inefficient bureaucracy, but some nice people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Location/weather
    Collegiate atmosphere
    Fair compensation
    Good benefits
    Some great people
    Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Inefficient bureaucracy at times
    Disorganized and inconsistent management
    Some difficult people
    Expensive and inconvenient parking
    Lack of institutional accountability
    Politicized work environment

    Advice to Management

    The institution could benefit greatly from stronger leadership that leads by example and holds its employees to higher standards of performance and ethical behavior. Management could also ensure that public funds are utilized more efficiently in order to maintain integrity and morale among employees. Management could make a better effort to understand employees' perceptions, concerns, and suggestions for change.

  3. Huge organization; experience depends on your immediate department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    School spirit, great benefits, wonderful educational and progressive atmosphere. Lots of resources available due to large size (20,000 employees). Diverse programs, needs in all areas - inspiring opportunities to make a contribution abound.

    Cons

    Easy to get caught in the red tape, squashing creativity and nimble movement. So many people requires an overwhelming number of controls and processes. Managers not consistently trained. Academic environment highly competitive mildly disfunctional. Staff are 3rd class citizens to students & faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Have regular required ongoing training for managers and staff. Equip everyone with the tools needed to succeed and embrace a culture of learning.

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  5. Nice people, low salary and job potential.

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    Former Employee - Senior Laboratory Technician in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Laboratory Technician in Gainesville, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Straight 8-5 job, manageable workload. If you are lazy and do the bare minimum, you'll be treated the same as people who work hard and care about their job....no incentive to improve.

    Cons

    Slow to change or adapt, low salary compared to other government or university jobs, difficult to enter workforce, management not excited or amenable to new ideas or techniques and very reticent to give raises or promote hard working employees.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep good people around, you need to recognize their work. Myself along with 2 other top technicians in our department were able to get good jobs elsewhere (Nanotheraputics, Banyan Biomarkers) because UF did not pay decently and were slow to promote quality people.

  6. Good academia

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good enviornment, good employee, good working style

    Cons

    low salary, not much promotion

    Advice to Management

    no comments

  7. Not equal to its aspirations to be a major research university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Set in a small college town with warm climate
    Moderate cost of living with good access to comfortable housing

    Cons

    Isolated geography removed from major metropolitan area, regional airport access only
    Risk-averse administration choked in obstructive regulation, especially onerous with respect to grant submission, administration, and IRB/IACUC process
    State support for education is capricious

    Advice to Management

    Faculty would do much better if the administration got out of the way and let them do their job

  8. Graduate Assistant

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

    I worked at University of Florida full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are lucky to find a department with great funding the compensation is great.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments.

  9. Not great, not horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida

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

    Pros

    Good healthcare, facilities are well kept, instant enrollment in bus system for free. All of this is good.

    Cons

    Graduate Student Assistants have to pay about 1.5k/year in fees in order to continue working.

  10. Great benefits and stability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits: EVERYTHING life, dental, medical, vision, and your choice HMO or PPO FSA, lots of days off.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy! State decides salary increases not your work ethic. Staff are lazy/don't care attitude - hard to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    LEAN, Hold people accountable and compensate accordingly, develop a career not just a job, many people are lifers.

  11. Well, it's graduate school

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Instructor in Gainesville, FL
    Current Contractor - Graduate Instructor in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to resources, paid tuition.

    Cons

    Terrible money, limited freedom in the classroom.

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