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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 environment that helps students pay for college

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

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

    Pros

    I worked as a Student Assistant for most of my time while attending undergraduate at UF. My supervisors were very approachable and gave students a good deal of flexibility with studies and work.

    Cons

    The work could be tedious some days and brings a very limited impact to one's resume.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    Great campus and environment. Overall staff is very friendly. Lifestyle and educational opportunities were excellent.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement since many people stay in their jobs too long. Salaries are not comparable to what is earned in the private sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I have had a great time working here

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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

    I think that the best parts of working at the university of florida are the many people offering many networking opportunities for those looking for jobs and internships.

    Cons

    The fact that there are so many people can make it easy to be lost in the crowd, so you must be willing to be an independent hard worker if attending this university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on teaching

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent research facilities, student benefits, friendly colleagues and fun college town

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    -Brand new, high-end facilities for researchers in Biomedical Engineering
    -Good overall hiring package for PhD-level graduate students
    -Lots of travel funding opportunities for conferences
    -Cost of living is low in Gainesville. Although it is a small town, it has a lot of culture, music and things to do. If you are into the outdoors there are lots of springs, forests and oceans to explore.
    -Excellent work life balance, if you have time management skills
    -Biomedical Department has social events that develop a community atmosphere within the department

    Cons

    -Funding can limit or decide the course of your research
    -Limited exposure to opportunities for industrial networking
    -Gainesville is small and isolated
    -Faculty have low rates of tenure (<20% in my department)
    -Stipends for PhD students are low ($20-$25K)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Add career councilor to administration to assist students with their vocation and future
    -Add a Junior faculty mentorship program, so young faculty can have a clear understanding of how to obtain tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I had a great experience working as a Student Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible with hours since I still had to go to classes, and I was involved multiple student organizations. My supervisors were cool, friendly, and very knowledgeable. An easy job, and the pay wasn't amazing, but it paid the bills.

    Cons

    Most jobs required federal work study.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great for personal growth, difficult time commitment

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant In Environmental Engineering Sciences in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant In Environmental Engineering Sciences in Gainesville, FL

    I have been working at University of Florida as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, invested employers, lots of opportunity for personal growth as a leader. Most anything you could do here would purposefully contribute to the benefit of the community. Very fulfilling position

    Cons

    Lots of freedom to the point where you must manage your time well. Also very demanding overall in terms of time commitment. As a student and research assistant, I have worked 60+ hours per week most of the time and sometimes more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management would be better, better structure in terms of employee participation would also be helpful for productivity and retention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    PA-C at UF, Department Of Urology

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    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Gainesville, FL

    I worked at University of Florida full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Super people, good benefits, good working environment.

    Cons

    State cut backs on benefits hurt some, but still better than most. The Department changed an agreement we had as to hours and days worked. My fault for not having a contract signed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have contracts signed up front and stick to them. Do not bait and switch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Data Scientist and Analyst

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Challenging job requirements but very good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Growth limited, and unfortunately my project is team is very small.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    It's a good place to start the career, the school is big and beautiful. The people are nice.

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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 part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice to you, and the place is beautiful.
    The facilities are new and good.
    The weather is good.

    Cons

    The efficiency is low in the university.
    The using fee for equipment are expensive.
    Cannot keep good young stuff stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stability and benefits, but be wary of "soft money"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    - Stability (granted you aren't working on grant money / "soft money" - state funded positions are the way to go)
    - Decent benefits (especially time off - vacation and sick/life event)
    - Usually a good faith effort to raise salaries across the board, granted the state is in good financial health

    Cons

    - If you're in a position funded by grant/soft money, can be more stressful
    - Decentralized nature of the University could be frustrating for some
    - If the state money is rough, UF raises and/or job stability can suffer (although true firings/layoffs are rare)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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