Florida International University

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Florida International University Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
180 Reviews
3.8
180 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Be warned about the electrical engineering department

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fellowship pays for college, and the university itself is cheaper than most places.

    Cons

    The chair of this department is without a doubt the rudest person i have ever worked for! He insults students & workers, plays favorites, and 75% of his employes some of the biggest, whiniest charlatans i have ever met in my life with horrible work ethic. The entire department is a huge mess, and i don't feel like i got a good education here. The guy who trained me had NO idea what he was doing, and ordering stuff was a nightmare. It's almost impossible to get people to follow through on what they are saying. If you are persistant, you might get something done, but you wouldn't make any friends in the process. If you ask people to do there jobs, or follow through on there word, you'll get treated like a jerk because work is soooo horrible. Nobody wants to help you. If you want to do electrical engineering, my strong suggestion is to go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to students, stop changing the curriculum for the master's program every 5 minutes, and get off your high horse and quit being a jerk!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A complete disaster of an organization

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I spent over a year working there and I can honestly say that there are no pros to being employed by FIU Online. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities that I could point to. Every day is worse than the next. Unless you're desperate for a paycheck, you'd be much happier working somewhere else.

    Cons

    There are too many cons to mention in this small section, but it begins with a total lack of leadership, strategy or competence. The entire management structure of FIU Online is incapable of making a correct decision, on any issue, ever. To offer a comparison, if the management of FIU Online ran a funeral parlor, nobody would die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to fire themselves if they really care about the quality of the education they're currently offering their online students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I can't believe that ANYTHING EVER gets done there!

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    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Miami, FL

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Qualifications are purely hypothetical; if you want to stretch out and try something, it is easy to jump into a new situation and be saddled with new responsibilities regardless of your past experience or areas of expertise. There are few limitations to what you can attempt to do if you know and are liked by the right people.

    Cons

    You will have no support or resources to do anything and will be blamed for your failures in these obviously impossible situations. There is little accountability and decisions are made for social reasons exclusively, not on any basis of qualification or need. Cliques are strong and politics are constant. While those playing personality games are often too distracted to do them well or to their own (or anyone's)
    benefit, the constant drama-go-round makes for good entertainment only for so long as everyone somehow gets by.

    The complete lack professionalism is also stunning; I've witnessed three quarters of a department's staff get fired by e-mail with zero days notice due to a loss of funding caused by poor reviews AND about a million dollars of donated computer equipment destroyed due to inadequate cooling both within the same research project and within the same year.

    With the constant threat of catastrophic organizational collapse and the knowledge that the fruits of your labors will be left to rot, this is a place to try something new only if you plan to swiftly move on to something better once you've actually gotten any good at it. You will achieve nothing here. You can only learn.

    Put bluntly, nothing that happens here matters at all unless you learn something from it. You will achieve nothing and can have zero impact on anyone or anything else but your own skills. If you go here, act accordingly and do not take it personally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to read Sun Tzu's The Art of War desperately. All of you. You need to understand it. You do not know that success demands a serious attitude and focus. You put petty considerations and personal bigotries over all other priorities and fail thereby to your own and everyone else's detriment. Until you learn that things outside your own ideas have importance, you will continue to be kings of your dunghills rather than management of an enterprise you can be proud of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Adjuncts receive little respect or consideration from students and university personnel

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    Current Employee - Online Course Instructor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Online Course Instructor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Florida International University

    Pros

    If you have the right department head, there are opportunities to create your own course as you see fit, particularly if you teach online courses.

    Cons

    * Apathetic students who disregard information about deadlines and assignment requirements and still expect an A in the course.
    * Apathetic bureaucracy who seem unable to provide the most basic information or make it easily accessible.
    * Course technicians who disregard direct instructions or who fail to fulfill their responsibilities or who care more about conformity than what works best for the course. Plus, they're only evaluated once a year instead of every semester, forcing you to wait for problems to get worse over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat adjuncts with more respect and give us the opportunity to provide direct feedback on our course technicians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    a dead end job

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    Former Employee - Library Technician
    Former Employee - Library Technician

    I worked at Florida International University

    Pros

    if you decide to take classes, part of your tuition is free

    Cons

    no raises, no encouragement to cross train, and the management are indifferent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An Un-bias Review from a Truthful, non-bitter employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kendall, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kendall, FL

    I worked at Florida International University

    Pros

    There are opportunities for growth as its still very much a growing university. However, it will highly depend on your deparement and which members of management you have over you.

    Cons

    Its difficult to know where to start. Upper management is under qualified, unprofessional, and not willing to work together for the general "good" of the university, students, or athletic programs. I was amazed by many circumstances where I or others were in need of help and were simply told "thats not my job." If FIU is ever going to get better they need to promote the good employees, get rid of the bad/lazy employees, reward those that work hard and recognize ability. They have a HUGE turnover problem, and attitude problem and no one is competent enough to fix it. Its sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is under qualified, unprofessional, and not willing to work together for the general "good" of the university, students, or athletic programs. I was amazed by many circumstances where I or others were in need of help and were simply told "thats not my job." If FIU is ever going to get better they need to promote the good employees, get rid of the bad/lazy employees, reward those that work hard and recognize ability. They have a HUGE turnover problem, and attitude problem and no one is competent enough to fix it. Its sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person 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
  10.  

    It's perfectly "meh".

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad administration

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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