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University of South Florida Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
206 Reviews
3.6
206 Reviews
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University of South Florida President Judy L. Genshaft
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent and relaxed work environment, excellent pay for a student position (in 15 reviews)

  • Employees love working for the University because of the work/life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Volatile economic situation with annual budget cuts past several years (in 6 reviews)

  • low pay, no bonus, difficult to receive promotions (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great real-world experience for motivated students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OPS Student Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - OPS Student Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of South Florida

    Pros

    Interactions with faculty have been very positive and interactions with USF VP office has been great, too. Everyone wants you to succeed; my experience has been one of increasing responsibility (started as receptionist, moved to financial work).

    Cons

    Cumbersome bureaucratic procedures take time, and distract faculty from their primary job of research and teaching. As part of an admin team, we spent a lot of time following procedures that were very unwieldy. (Submit form to dept X, mail to dept Y, then send to dept Z, each time to collect multiple signatures.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with department chairs AND administrators before enacting broad new policies. Often times our leadership knew about a change, but had no idea how it impacted the administration of the department, and did not communicate the policy change to us (administration) until after it was enacted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Warm and welcoming by staffs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conference Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Conference Assistant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at University of South Florida full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - To be able to learn and grow with a diverse group of people
    - many job opportunities in different fields of study

    Cons

    Not much cons to say about USF

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Desktop Support Tech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of South Florida

    Pros

    Love this position, if i could go back i would. Very laid back throughout the week. No one bullying you around, just make sure you get your job done.

    Cons

    Needs to pay us what we are worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the man!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice people, depending on the department.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant, Temporary OPS in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant, Temporary OPS in Tampa, FL

    I worked at University of South Florida

    Pros

    Good work environment, lots of opportunities. Most people were nice, but there were also a lot of flakes.

    Cons

    Was a temporary ops position, so no benefits. Employees have to pay to park to work here, which is expensive. Found that ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees free parking - or at least make it cheap!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working as an intern for one of the clients where i need to analyze data using various analytical tools.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of South Florida

    Pros

    Fairly good learning experience. Learned a lot of new things which can help in my career. No bondage on time- restrictions.

    Cons

    Cultural was one of them apart from that, basic understanding of the platform which we are going to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Research Assistant, I really dont think this program is up to par with the rest of the ones in the state.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    A lot of research funding and well recognized school, Administration can be supportive and the weather isnt bad

    Cons

    Low pay for graduate assistants, the quality of the courses is poor. There is a big lack of mentorship in the medical college

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by increasing pay then taking your phd students out of your masters students classes. Then increase your professional development programs as they are slim to none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Big egos, little salaries and petty politics.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate

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

    Pros

    There's not a lot in the pro column here! I suppose benefits are good, but you could work at some private companies for a lot less hassle and get the same benefits and more money.

    Cons

    Lots of backstabbing and general meanness. Too much tenure protection for sorry people and not enough incentive for people to work hard. The main problem is that they pay someone who is a tenured professor $250,000/year and he/she doesn't do anything! Then, they hire adjunct professors and grad students to teach their courses and then they wonder why they have no funds! It is also ludicrous that ALL employees have to pay the same amount for their parking, regardless of their pay rate. So, if you're a professor who makes a lot or a clerical worker who makes a tenth of that professor's salary, you still pay $300/year for parking. Ridiculous!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing tenure! It protects the worst employees and offers little protection or incentive for underlings! Also, it should be totally unacceptable for professors and/or instructors to date students! Most universities don't allow this at all. USF "frowns" on the practice but doesn't do much to stop it, promoting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    USF

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Work is not hard, Does offer some advancement. Does offer some schooling for those who qualify.

    Cons

    Pay is low, Benefits are not what you would expect. If you don't reach an approved thresh hold you will not have any chance for advancement. Same for educational opportunities. Even promised, they will not let you obtain any schooling. It is all or nothing. Politics is thick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up opportunities for you staff to earn more, advance in their fields, expand their education and stop holding back those who wish to move forward. A good employee is worth investing in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Easy going work environment with low advancement opportunities. Low compensation and no benefits for OPS positions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at University of South Florida (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This place is great to work if you don't like having to many responsibilities or high pressure environments. The people are all mainly easy going and there are no no real challenges in the day to day work. The training provided is very basic, but time is given for you to learn all tasks that will be required. If you get to full time no OPS employment, the benefits package offered is great.

    Cons

    There are not too many options for growth within the University. Since it is a state operated organization that does not operate for profit, compensation packages are very slim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    IT program

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of South Florida

    Pros

    Flexible classes, teachers are very helpful.

    Cons

    non in all honestly. apply your self and you will be rewarded

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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