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University of Florida Reviews in Gainesville, FL

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
453 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work environment is friendly and the people are nice (in 25 reviews)

  • Great place to learn computers, great management and lots of responsibilities (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • College town, so it is boring after the first year (in 10 reviews)

  • difficult to get opportunity for chemistry graduate students (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere was great and the staff was really friendly. Very flexible if you are a student working here. Provides great benefits.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of job opportunities for students who does not have federal work study. Most student salaries are minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate Research assistant at UF

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

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large support base at university.
    Small, cheap city is very accommodating to grad student stipend.
    Great access to hospital for collaborations on medical research projects.

    Cons

    Being far from large cities makes industry partners hard to find. Lots of undergrads can get annoying if you're looking for a more 'adult' lifestyle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to grow your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gainesville along with the Gator community is incredible, most people are super helpful and the area is a great small city to have some fun in or raise a family. It is a great place for early and mid career growth.

    Cons

    With IT centralizing across campus and the health center it is actually harder to move up as there are fewer senior level positions available. Also, each of the IT groups seems to hire from within for senior positions so it is harder to grow once you get to a certain position or salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Facility Adminstrator

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    Former Employee - Facility Administrator in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Facility Administrator in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    Excellent responsibility and very reasonable compensation. Great team with which to to work

    Cons

    Short staffed for responsibility given. Poor management skills from supervisor. the system permits long-time manager to throw new managers under the bus. too much micro-management. Political salvation was more important than truth. Sometimes we are all permitted to be just a little too human.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an Inspector General (other than Human Resources) who can review and have the authority to intervene when there are disputes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Graduate program in food science and human nutrition

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The food chemistry division of the food science program is pretty good and strong. We have at least 3 labs doing food chemistry using LC-MS, GC-MS. very friendly environment in the department. often have social activity within department.

    Cons

    Lack of dairy and cereal program. The building is kind of old. Usually don't offer assistantship to master student. Part of the food science program is located off the main campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should think about add cereal and dairy program in the department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Everything was fine. Overall pleasant experience. Watch out for the palmetto bugs.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at University of Florida full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not a lot of oversight, so you have freedom when it comes to designing the curriculum for your own courses, which makes it way more fun and productive for you and way more fun and productive for your students. Generally you have the opportunity to teach a variety of different courses, and the administration will try to work with your preferences.

    Cons

    INSANE bureaucracy, but that comes with working for such a large university I suppose. Low pay. It's enough to live on in Gainesville, which is a super cheap, fun town (just don't live anywhere near campus) but it's not enough if you're worrying about student loans or literally anything other than rent, bills, food, and drinking your troubles away. Fees are getting higher and higher, and go towards things that contribute to undergraduate life, not your life, which is super frustrating. Health insurance is decent, but they'll inevitably screw up your coverage at the beginning of every new cycle so beware if there are prescriptions you rely on. UF is letting fantastic professors get nabbed by other universities, and at least within the humanities it seems like adjunct professors are doing the work that tenured professors should be doing, and PhD/MA teaching assistants are just really insanely underpaid adjunct professors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making GTAs pay fees. Invest in your professors. Try to remember that non-STEM fields matter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ok depends on advisor

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible, can learn a lot, environment is great

    Cons

    compensation as GA: live below poverty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Management Analysis Coordinator responsible for delivery of monthly billing services and reporting

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    Former Employee - Management Analysis Coordinator in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Management Analysis Coordinator in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at University of Florida full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supervisor encouraged initiative and provided support as needed. Helpful co-workers. Department recently underwent a lot of changes, both in management and strategy that allowed changes to obsolete practices and pre-set methods. This is also providing some opportunities for growth. Some of the benefits like number of paid time off days and maternity leave is very good.

    Cons

    Telecommuting is not encouraged. Salary ranges are low. No clear growth path if you want to stick to one field. Not much available in terms of formal recurring training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Graduate Researcher

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to have life outside of the work place.

    Cons

    This review is based on very specific instances and does not necessarily represent the University of Florida or the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a whole.

    Experience completely dictated by who your faculty adviser is. A lot of unchecked power in the management. Pace of work is very slow and culture is such that being proactive can be a bad career choice. In my experience too political to get anything meaningful done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student Web Developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at University of Florida as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent compensation for the city.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for Fresh grads. Very slow hiring process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making work-at-home easier will give a better productivity for Web developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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