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Florida International University Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
144 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • FIU has great benefits, including portable retirement benefit, excellent healthcare benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance depending on the job (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • For job seekers outside of the South Florida market, please note: the cost of living in Miami is quite high (in 4 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A complete disaster of an organization

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

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    a dead end job

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    Former Employee - Library Technician
    Former Employee - Library Technician

    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
  6. 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

    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
  7.  

    Plenty of work and even more people out to destroy your good name and reputation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Health benefits were pretty good

    Cons

    Cant pay me enough to endure so much drama and lack of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    research

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    Former Employee - Research  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Research in Miami, FL

    Pros

    The school is located in a good city with lots of fun events. There is happy atmosphere in this city and good weather.

    Cons

    contracts are renewed every semester and most of people do not have a long term contract. The payments are very low and there is no benefits or bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Lower level workers abused

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

    Pros

    Growing entity; students are respectful and hardworking and you have an opportunity to further your education at no cost.

    Cons

    Administrative assistants are overworked; when two leave only one is replaced and the other has to do two jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stamp out favoritism; it smacks of a lack of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great co-workers, lousy pay and admins

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Great Benefits
    Work/life balance
    Education - free tution

    Cons

    Salaries are way below average, especially in I.T. sector.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Adjunct Ghetto

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Large international study body brings an interesting mix of experience and perspective to the classroom.

    Cons

    Little freedom to plan or structure my classes. I was required to teach "the program," which required a great expenditure of time for very little pay. Also, there was little support from management when problems with students arose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to require a specific program be taught, then provide standard assignments and lesson plans so each incoming teacher doesn't have to recreate the same wheel. Also, if you raise the class enrollment cap, raise the per class pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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