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University of Florida Reviews

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.  

    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
  2.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida part-time

    Pros

    Cheap to live and great collegues

    Cons

    None None None None None

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Florida part-time

    Pros

    love the environment and small town feel. Great cost wise and location everything is convenient. Would definitely recommend if you are looking to go from a big city and get a change.

    Cons

    parking is a struggle. Most of the time you have to park somewhere off campus to then walk but the bus system isnt too bad. Mostly full of college students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with team development and dont let petty arguments ruin relationships. Everyone is a team and need to work as one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great benefits, many learning opportunities

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent place for training, many opportunities to advance your skill set

    Cons

    Multiple departments means communication errors are made often. Some doctors are less than appreciative of technicians.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Resident Assistants have the best job on campus

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

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

    Pros

    Being a Resident Assistant is a great way to gain leadership skills and make a lasting impact on students. Fellow RAs become like family as you work together to make your hall great. My favorite part was getting to know the students on my hall and planning programs for them on a regular basis. Cookie parties, movie nights, and study sessions don't feel like work, but you're getting paid to do it! Not to mention, you get paid to do a job from home, which is great most of the time.

    Cons

    Being an RA can be challenging because you do not have a set number of hours you work per week, so sometimes duty calls at the least convenient times. For instance, if there is an emergency and you are in the hall, you have to respond even if you are busy studying or trying to relax. In other words, most work days end when you go home, but sometimes it feels exhausting when you get home and THAT is work. Another challenge is having to enforce housing policy with unruly and/or drunk students (which can happen often). Also, training happens every single semester you work, which is mostly boring and annoying because it cuts into your winter or summer break times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resident Assistants did not receive nearly enough benefits when I was an RA. Most schools give RAs: free housing, payment bi-weekly, a parking space, meal plan, and sometimes more. RAs at UF had to pay for housing, were paid bi-weekly, and had a partial meal plan. Fortunately some of that has changed, with RAs getting free housing now. Also, they should re-think how RA interviews are conducted, because there are many students who would make great RAs who are wait-listed, versus some who get the job and are HORRIBLE RAs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great School, no complaints

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    Great campus with tons of opportunities for jobs in almost any field. Most OPS jobs pay pretty standard $10-14, but the work load can vary greatly from some lab tech positions to general maintenance positions. Campus is very clean and many positions run throughout the year, independent of the undergraduate semesters.

    Cons

    Can feature a lot of bureaucratic nonsense, like any large institution. There are tons of lazy administrative employees that will waste your time over actually helping you resolve problems/ dilemmas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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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