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Florida Atlantic University Reviews in Boca Raton, FL

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
57 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good benefits if you're in upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • Gain experience working with students on a college level-preparation for teaching positions (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Little to no support from supervisors or department (in 4 reviews)

  • Because it's a State Government job, there are things that happen beyond the control of anyone at the University (budget cuts, etc) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Adjunct Professor at FAU

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Being an adjunct professor is very rewarding, working with the students is great. Most classrooms feature state of the art equipment.

    Cons

    You won't get rich being an adjunct professor. It is a labor of love.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best not to keep loading up adjunct professors with more and more students ... they will get burnt out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to learn professionalism

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Great classes, professors, intern opportunities

    Cons

    When I was there, I had to travel 45 min between two campuses. Now the Exercise Science Dept is all on the main campus in Boca Raton, FL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well done no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Respectable, but not great, place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Since it's a State Government job, it's got pretty good benefits (health insurance, vacation & sick time, low cost classes, participates in a variety of employee discount programs at various online retailers).

    Cons

    Because it's a State Government job, there are things that happen beyond the control of anyone at the University (budget cuts, etc).
    While there are University policies, there is a lot of fluctuation in how there are implemented and observed, if they even are, depending on what department and office you work in. This is usually a Con, but can sometimes be a Pro.
    Senior management is severely disorganized, and often non-communicative down the chain, or between departments.
    Have to pay for employee parking, on a sliding scale depending on your salary (averages around $100 per year for low level employees with one vehicle).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to show more respect, and monetary gratitude, to your Program Assistants. Even though they do not normally have degrees, your middle and upper management would be unable to function without them, since they usually don't even know how tasks are performed. Morale is low across the entire University structure. Announcing the Christmas break dates early each year, and doing away with paid parking for employees are two very economical ways to improve morale quickly and long term (if you keep up with it).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teacher's Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Friendly professors and co-workers. Worked well with graduate studies. Great look at collegiate level teaching. Received a stipend along with vastly reduced tuition.

    Cons

    Large workload as finals roll around. Requires extreme organization. You are the buffer between angry students and the teacher. If you don't work with a teacher you mesh with you may have a bad time.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was challenging

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Friendly environment and learned a lot

    Cons

    Do not know if it was all really worth it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toiling to Advance Mediocrity

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    Former Employee - Instructor of English  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Instructor of English in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    This could be a decent job for someone who wants to teach for a living as long as they are prepared to cut corners on the workload.

    The benefits package is good, and the State of FL will match your retirement contributions at a surprisingly high percentage. Also, recently, a raise for instructors was negotiated by the Union, though they gave up the sick-time buyout as part of those negotiations.

    The English Department's t/t faculty is comprised of top-notch scholars who are, for the most part, friendly and collegial. Furthermore, full-time faculty and adjuncts have private office space. (this may not be true for all adjuncts)

    Cons

    There is constant pressure from senior management to increase the number of students enrolled in writing-intensive courses while hiring less instructors and trimming full-time lines. Most Lit courses have a temporary cap of 26, Comp has 24. As a full-time instructor will be teaching approximately 80 students who are assigned approximately three to six major papers per course, it is impossible to do one's job, effectively, without working 90 hours a week. And, really, it is the same at most Universities: they want front-line teachers to do more work with less resources while middle-management positions swell. Cold comfort --the adjuncts get paid worse and lack benefits. Colder comfort - they send poorly-trained GTAs in to fill the breach each day, pay them next to nothing, and romanticize a dead-end career trajectory.

     The majority of the brighter undergrads are there to put in their two years before they 'find another university' (hence the amusing coincidence of the school's name as an acronym).

    The newest, and frankly scariest, development is Senior Management views course content as intellectual property and is taking the same position on Instructors who moonlight elsewhere. In other words, if you pick up a few courses at a local CC, they view this as the competition, and if you develop teaching materials for online courses, it belongs to the university. (how long before this extends to the conventional classroom?) In most any other line of work, the strategy for retaining talent is to reward at. In academia, they threaten to fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unit management: learn to professionalize the English Degree for something besides teaching, and you will have a concrete reason to advocate for more funding along with higher salaries. It's no accident that an Instructor with equivalent 'business experience' and degree will get paid twice as much by the Business College. Employers value the skills you teach quite highly, so send your graduates into the job market ready to compete instead of settle and you'll have viable argument as to the value of the degree..

    Senor management: why bother giving advice to a group of people who have consistently ignored it in the past?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    Liked working as a graduate research assistant in the Ocean and Mechanical Engineering Department

    Cons

    Funding for master thesis students is very limited

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No loyalty to employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    some nice people to work with

    Cons

    bad salary, no managerial support, no loyalty to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try caring about your employees, instead of your press time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    So-so experience

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    I loved my students and colleagues and pay wasn't bad

    Cons

    Instructors were treated like children rather than professionals. We were observed at least once every semester and our bosses were expected to also do additional surprise observations at least once a semester. In my department, there were two bosses, each who worked a different day. Neither seemed to know what the other was doing and the answers varied depending on who you asked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat college graduate instructors like professionals instead of high school students who may be planning something mischievous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    FAU Student Union

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boca Raton, FL

    Pros

    If you start at entry level, there are some opportunities for growth within the department. The environment at the Student Union is more interactive than other departments and there's usually always something to do.

    Cons

    You can move laterally, from one department to the next, but it's difficult to move up or expand programming if you're interested in doing (an earning) more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and they will invest in you. Most people will rise to the occasion given the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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