Florida State University Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Pros
  • The work environment of the union is really good environment that they foster (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours for students, good benefits and stability (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • It was low pay compare to other school (in 11 reviews)

  • A lot of time is wasted on unnecessary politics and projects (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Opportunities abound at Florida State University

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    Current Freelancer - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Freelancer - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida State University (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The students, opportunities to connect with staff.

    Cons

    I am non paid staff I have a courtesy appointment and my pay depends on getting grant money. However, I am also retired, so I can continue to be a part of FSU for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Departments can save money and produce high quality research by providing courtesy appointments for indepenent researchers who want to perform research and work with professors at FSU.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Company, I wish they had a full time opening

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The hours were very flexible

    Cons

    I wish they paid more and they only had part-time employment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Excellent schedule flexibility

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    Current Employee - Assistant In Research in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant In Research in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work when I want without a schedule

    Cons

    Low pay and low hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply for more funding to do more projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida State University

    Pros

    professors are very nice and organized

    Cons

    maybe the location is a little bit far from some financial center

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Great place to be a graduate assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida State University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -reasonable deadlines with consideration of course load
    -fair compensation
    -beautiful campus, and fun place to be a student

    Cons

    -compensation is lower than other schools
    -politics exist, but you can stay out of it if you want

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. It's all good while you have a grant

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Florida State University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, opportunities to attend to talks, flexibility of job hours, good facilities such as gym and health center.

    Cons

    Lots of political ego battles, and it is all about the money. When grant funding was gone, the University did not care about the people involved or even if the graduate student was going to be able to finish the thesis. No extension whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University should think more about their people and less about the money. Of course, money is important, but if you make people your priority, money will come easily.

  8. Working at FSU gives me pride, security, and happiness.

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida State University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Wonderful people. Good Benefits. Prideful workers.

    Cons

    Tallahassee isn't the best place to live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. This is a great place to work

    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech in Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Florida State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very nice here

    Cons

    The pay may be lower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue treating employees well and nicely.

  10. Teaching assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida State University (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good management and friendly environment.

    Cons

    No specific drawback. It did spend time for grading

  11. Postdocs are not regular employees. OPS category comes with no benefits.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent weather compared to most states. Robust facilities like gym, tennis courts, swimming pool, running tracks, libraries etc. Office of Postdoc Affairs is a strong advocate of postdocs but has limited say.

    Cons

    The sad state and mismanagement of postdocs in the United States is well documented in many places. Please read about it carefully before committing to it. If you still feel this is the best way forward, then FSU is one of the better places to work. That said, there is no uniformity in the paychecks of postdoc - even within the same department. Faculty are strongly opposed to the idea of higher pay to postdocs due to their own issues with raising grant money. It was a monumental effort to get them to pay for postdoc insurance. Life for international postdocs is vastly more difficult since FSU will not offer support to file for residency. Given that only 10% of postdocs get faculty positions, the remaining 90% will need to search for positions elsewhere and that search becomes astronomically more difficult for international scholars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring postdocs until you are ready to recognize them as regular employees working their way towards an academic position. Stop hiring international postdocs until you explicitly mention the statistics and number such as average post-tax salary, cost of living in Tallahassee, NIH pay-scale vs FSU pay-scale, percentage of former FSU postdocs who have obtained academic positions, average length of stay at FSU etc. The hiring process should also include a clear statement of commitments from both the PI and the postdoc for the duration of employment. Above all, potential postdocs should be introduced to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and other postdocs before signing up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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