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University of Florida Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
393 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is friendly and the people are nice (in 20 reviews)

  • great people and great place to work (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • College town, so it is boring after the first year (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Working for UF is one of the best choices I've ever made

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Had a great mentor as an undergrad researcher. Was allowed to work on my own project. Had plenty of support. Compensation was average. The large package given to the university on the order of $120 million additional dollars is sure to increase the status of this university over the next decade.

    Cons

    Many people burn out due to stress. 60 hours a week minimum are expected of grad researchers. So there is little work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new methods to improve work-life balance and thus improve productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - IT Desktop Support Technician  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - IT Desktop Support Technician in Gainesville, FL

    Pros

    Great place to learn computers, great management and lots of responsibilities. There was plenty of interesting work to tackle and smart people to learn from. Work life balance was great.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, red tape. Performance isn't financially rewarded, and there are a lot of under-performant employees that are hard to get rid of. Compensation isn't great, but work/life balance and benefits probably make up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Brilliant

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

    Pros

    Good environment, Vast libraries with unlimited books, Very goo faculty to student ratio, Free RTs bus service

    Cons

    Crowded, Tuition fee, Huge unviersity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked as a teaching assistant part time

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

    Pros

    Very understanding when it comes to graduate students. They know education comes first if there were any conflicts with anything else. They will give you a training and let you utilize what you learnt to help others.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, we can only work 20 hours a week and there are other limits for international student. It's almost impossible for a student to work over 20 hours without some special "waiver" which is hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is a good place to work.

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and caring professors, warm and family-liek culture

    Cons

    Things can get a little disorganized and communication about expectations could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

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

    Pros

    Good Infrastructure, Ample facilities, Good Professors

    Cons

    Clashing course timings, random shift timings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Student Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good environment and nice people

    Cons

    It's not easy to find a full time job in this area.

  9.  

    Great place for a PhD student

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

    Pros

    The Physics Department has an outstanding group of researchers and also has collaborations with many other universities and investigation centers. Most of the students in the condense matter area finish grad school with 5+ scientific publications. On top of that you are in North Florida, you have the beach just one hour away, the weather is fantastic and the sports culture of the university is amazing. Also the city is very cheap.

    Cons

    Gainsville is a small college town, which means that most people play a sport or go to the gym in the afternoons, party Friday nights and to the pool during the weekend. You do not have the range of activities of a big city. You may get bored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can not believe Muschamp is still the football couch, that guy needs to go!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great people, great work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with, positive work atmosphere, a lot of school spirit with UF alumni.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion, once you are locked in you pretty much can't move up at all.

  11.  

    Great benefits, easy hours, impeccable tuition assistance program.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator I  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Coordinator I in Gainesville, FL

    Pros

    The benefits are good, 22 days PTO/year + holidays + ~14 sick days. Unbeatable. Salary isn't bad for the cost of living. Hours are generally reasonable but obviously that can vary highly by department. Lots of good perks.

    Cons

    Hard city for your spouse to find work if they don't get on with UF as well. Low pay compared to private sector. Lots of bureaucracy. Many people stuck in same jobs for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faculty can still be the #1 priority without being at the expense of professional staff. More growth and promotion opportunities would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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