Florida State University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Family Feel

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida State University

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have visited many college campuses but have yet to see any school come close to the family feel FSU has. From the students to the faculty and staff, almost everyone has a passion for the University.

    Cons

    The political game can be a little over the top, as with any university setting. As long as you can justify what you want to do, you'll be ok.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the direction that Dr. Barron started. As young as FSU is compared to other schools, it's impressive to see how far the school has come!


  2. Great Company, I wish they had a full time opening

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The hours were very flexible

    Cons

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


  3. Excellent schedule flexibility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Work when I want without a schedule

    Cons

    Low pay and low hours

    Advice to Management

    Apply for more funding to do more projects


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  5. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    professors are very nice and organized

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    no


  6. Great place to be a graduate assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Tallahassee isn't the best place to live


  8. 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 Management

    Continue treating employees well and nicely.


  9. Teaching assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Very good place for study and research

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Florida State University

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

    Pros

    Nice weather. Good equipment for conducting research. Good atmosphere.

    Cons

    The location is not so good.



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