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University of Florida Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
405 Reviews
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405 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.  

    Many years working for UF and still waiting for an opportunity for career advancement

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

    I have been working at University of Florida full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    benefits, vacation and sick leave accruals
    State retirement benefits
    UF is the only "real" employer in the city

    Cons

    Hire-and-fire HR policy. No real human resource management, no career planning. People are often hired into higher positions based on "who they know" or if they are a spouse of a faculty; rarely based on qualifications and credentials.
    Male-oriented environment; very few management opportunities for minority women. Physicians and faculty have ultimate administrative decision-making although many of them have no managerial experience (financial or HR).
    Top leadership only cares about the faculty; staff is rarely mentioned or appreciated.
    Very bureaucratic institution with many incompetent members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement "merit-based" incentive program for staff (faculty already get all the perks and salary raises).
    make the annual performance appraisal a useful tool that reflects on salary and promotion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Geared more towards administrative career development than any other type - a problem at a research heavy institution.

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    Current Employee - Senior Biological Scientist  in  Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Biological Scientist in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    Nice spot in Florida to be; decent compensation; positive academic research environment lacks the negative intensity of other US areas.

    Cons

    Politics-heavy; constant restructuring/ re-branding give appearance of lack of focus; minimal positive intensity of other US research areas.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida part-time

    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.

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  5.  

    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

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

    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
  6.  

    Great University

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering classes can be challenging for all levels of various degrees. Professors are mostly very knowledgeable and helpful. Great university for research, plenty of grant money available.

    Cons

    A few professors exist that are really really bad, whom you neither do not want to take any classes from nor you do not want to be anywhere near their offices. Since they are pretty infamous, you should ask around and find out before taking any classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RA and TA salaries should be increased and the department should get rid of those aforementioned professors although I know some of them have tenures, therefore it's hard to do; however, students are suffering from not learning anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great faculty, ability to collaborate. Amazing town.

    Cons

    Less progressive town. Not much to do around town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value diversity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company

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    Former Employee - Consulting  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Consulting in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Friendly, great company. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Work holidays. Not flexible hours

  9.  

    Easy atmosphere

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good climate, sunshine, state of the art research resources

    Cons

    less industrial opportunities. rural area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Florida part-time

    Pros

    people here are very nice

    Cons

    relatively low payment compared to other big cities

  11.  

    A Great Place to Be

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are many employment opportunities at UF and the institution provides great benefits. It also provides employee education assistance and great leave benefits. A very diverse student population and workplace.

    Cons

    The shear size of the institution some times slows thing down, but that is the same with any large organizations or institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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