Florida Gulf Coast University Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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  1. Communications Dept Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working with the students and the professors. Great experience in teaching and customer service.

    Cons

    Most of the Internships on campus are non paid.


  2. Adjunct_biology lab instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    relatively autonomous in-class, however you must follow common laboratory procedure across all classes- this is difficult when lab supplies are not on hand. direct supervisors are nice and understand the issues.

    Cons

    Majority of students are lack-luster and are just there for the degree, not the knowledge you gain in college. Laboratory and lecture materials did not follow a common schedule, which irritates students. Bad pay and little room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Update your laboratory materials, make it more engaging and follow the materials taught in the lecture portion. Also, pay your adjuncts better, they'll do a better job if not having to work at several universities.


  3. Good college job but is dead end

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    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good clients, rewarding, good environment, fun staff, able to teach group fitness as well, you make your own schedule, you are your own boss

    Cons

    Not enough pay , no incentives to sell, managers never actually there for fitness, high manager and employee turnover, there is a pay cap of 13 dollars

    Advice to Management

    Trainer need incentives to work


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  5. Associate professor

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Estero, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Estero, FL

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic Team of Management - Always encouraging and holding you to you goals. Best job I've ever had. Shouldn't have left!

    Cons

    Constant issues with available funds due to constant state cutbacks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do best. The students and employees truly appreciate it.


  6. IT Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Staff and teachers were great to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    None that i have found.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. Working at FGCU as a student employee is one of the best experiences I've ever had in the work force.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida Gulf Coast University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a college student, it is important to find employers that are understanding of your hectic class schedule. Since FGCU places a high premium on the success of their students, it's the ideal place to work. They are understanding of your schedule requirements, and they work with you to find a solution that is ideal for both parties. When it comes time to take final exams, requesting time off is not a problem. Also, working at FGCU allows you to gain experience that looks great on a resume and will put you ahead of the competition when it comes time to graduate and look for another job.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working at FGCU include ability to move up within the university. Although they promote from within often, the process is lengthy and there is a lack of available positions. Advancement is difficult when there aren't many positions to advance to. However, I don't think this problem is unique to FGCU--I think it's just a fact of life when you are looking to work for a university.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to keep doing what you're doing. I feel that supervisors understand the importance of being flexible and also allowing you to gain the experience you need to be successful.


  8. professor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida Gulf Coast University full-time

    Pros

    Great students - love opening their minds

    Cons

    Production versus learning - want generalists versus specialists


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not the best university to work for, but not the worst.

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    Former Employee - Professor
    Former Employee - Professor

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University full-time

    Pros

    The university's location on Florida's Gulf coast, is nice, and FGCU has spent substantial time and money creating an attractive campus.

    Cons

    Instructor pay is far lower than similar universities in other parts of the country, and their no tenure and no employment contract policy means they can adjust pay at will, on the basis of the number of students attending class. This emphasis on quantity versus quality has a negative impact on teacher morale, as we were encouraged to overlook student learning and behavior issues in favor of keeping them "happy" so as to inflate retention numbers.

    Advice to Management

    FGCU has one of the highest instructor turnover rates in the South -- not because professors were fired, but because the top down / corporate model of education they employ leads to frustration with the system. Please return to the academic model of university management. Emphasize and support quality education -- not simple classroom numbers.


  10. FGCU

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    6 free credit hours per semester for employees or family, the school is also gaining popularity and might be adding more positions

    Cons

    The pay is a lot lower than most other governmental agencies in the area. The university also makes employees pay to park on campus.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Thanks for the bullying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Gulf Coast University

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

    Pros

    Lovely campus, green/environmental theme with lots of open space

    Cons

    I can only speak about the College of Education, where I was bullied by 2 female coworkers. I was regularly working 60-70 hours a week, including weekends, to meet performance objectives that kept changing. The job was not as it was represented to me when I accepted it. I tried to resolve the bullying issue with my boss, who had told me when the problems first cropped up that the bully had done this before to others who left, and then when he did nothing I filed a formal complaint. I waited 6 months and took my complaint "up the food chain" and it never was addressed. I was told that FGCU doesn't have a policy against bullying. I filed a complaint based on the creation of a "hostile work environment". Eventually I left to protect my mental health since FGCU preferred to allow the bullying to continue. I was also lied to about salary; I was hired at $20K less than I had been making and then discovered that the lead bully was making $30K more than I with roughly the same credentials. It is a very poorly run organization with horrible communication patterns. Very sad! That work experience has set me back career-wise by about 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the cost-effectiveness of retaining the bullies versus retaining employees with quality credentials and a stellar work ethic. Whistle-blowers shouldn't have to pay the price with their job.



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