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University of Florida Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
452 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.  

    Amazing place to go to college

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida

    Pros

    great community, diverse, welcoming, fast-paced and driven environment

    Cons

    large student body and campus

  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.  

    I Love my job as a TA. I can work around my class schedule and the money helps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida

    Pros

    I love the flexible hours

    Cons

    parking on campus is a bear and the buses are always slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  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.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really enjoyed working here

    Cons

    Don't have any cons at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work.

  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management unfortunately has set the tone for the organization and the morale is low.

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

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, staff and benefits are an advantage to this organization.

    Cons

    Upper level management can be extremely difficult to work with and for. Honesty is extremely important and the Executive Director regularly stretches the truth or tells half-truths to make himself look better or push his agenda further along even if his goals are not the same for the organization. He will often undermine an employee or project if you disagree with him. Employees don't trust what management says and this makes it difficult to build a stable team pushing forward for common goals. We have lost a lot of long-term employees because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Ok place to spend a few years

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Pros

    Worked as a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical research lab. Fair amount of freedom to work on individual project and make your own hours. My department was friendly enough. Personnel from other labs were willing to share advice, experience and equipment. Department made effort to share communication within the department.

    Cons

    A LOT of hours are expected for not much money. Boss is a hit or miss situation, some are laid back, others are quite demanding. Benefits are few if any.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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