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Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is unparalleled (in 19 reviews)

  • This is a wonderful work environment (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no room for growth or bonuses (in 20 reviews)

  • I know we're graduate students but the cost of living in Miami is ridiculous (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "An Un-bias Review from a Truthful, non-bitter employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kendall, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kendall, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities for growth as its still very much a growing university. However, it will highly depend on your deparement and which members of management you have over you.

    Cons

    Its difficult to know where to start. Upper management is under qualified, unprofessional, and not willing to work together for the general "good" of the university, students, or athletic programs. I was amazed by many circumstances where I or others were in need of help and were simply told "thats not my job." If FIU is ever going to get better they need to promote the good employees, get rid of the bad/lazy employees, reward those that work hard and recognize ability. They have a HUGE turnover problem, and attitude problem and no one is competent enough to fix it. Its sad.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is under qualified, unprofessional, and not willing to work together for the general "good" of the university, students, or athletic programs. I was amazed by many circumstances where I or others were in need of help and were simply told "thats not my job." If FIU is ever going to get better they need to promote the good employees, get rid of the bad/lazy employees, reward those that work hard and recognize ability. They have a HUGE turnover problem, and attitude problem and no one is competent enough to fix it. Its sad.


  2. "Adjuncts receive little respect or consideration from students and university personnel"

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    Current Employee - Online Course Instructor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Online Course Instructor in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have the right department head, there are opportunities to create your own course as you see fit, particularly if you teach online courses.

    Cons

    * Apathetic students who disregard information about deadlines and assignment requirements and still expect an A in the course.
    * Apathetic bureaucracy who seem unable to provide the most basic information or make it easily accessible.
    * Course technicians who disregard direct instructions or who fail to fulfill their responsibilities or who care more about conformity than what works best for the course. Plus, they're only evaluated once a year instead of every semester, forcing you to wait for problems to get worse over time.

    Advice to Management

    Treat adjuncts with more respect and give us the opportunity to provide direct feedback on our course technicians.


  3. "A complete disaster of an organization"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Florida International University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I spent over a year working there and I can honestly say that there are no pros to being employed by FIU Online. There are absolutely no redeeming qualities that I could point to. Every day is worse than the next. Unless you're desperate for a paycheck, you'd be much happier working somewhere else.

    Cons

    There are too many cons to mention in this small section, but it begins with a total lack of leadership, strategy or competence. The entire management structure of FIU Online is incapable of making a correct decision, on any issue, ever. To offer a comparison, if the management of FIU Online ran a funeral parlor, nobody would die.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to fire themselves if they really care about the quality of the education they're currently offering their online students.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Be warned about the electrical engineering department"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fellowship pays for college, and the university itself is cheaper than most places.

    Cons

    The chair of this department is without a doubt the rudest person i have ever worked for! He insults students & workers, plays favorites, and 75% of his employes some of the biggest, whiniest charlatans i have ever met in my life with horrible work ethic. The entire department is a huge mess, and i don't feel like i got a good education here. The guy who trained me had NO idea what he was doing, and ordering stuff was a nightmare. It's almost impossible to get people to follow through on what they are saying. If you are persistant, you might get something done, but you wouldn't make any friends in the process. If you ask people to do there jobs, or follow through on there word, you'll get treated like a jerk because work is soooo horrible. Nobody wants to help you. If you want to do electrical engineering, my strong suggestion is to go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to students, stop changing the curriculum for the master's program every 5 minutes, and get off your high horse and quit being a jerk!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty/ Program manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Florida International University (More than a year)

    Pros

    No Micromanaging. You are left up to your own devices. In my case, this was good as I do not require micromanaging in order to complete my tasks.

    Cons

    Everything else. The general culture of this institution at its core revolves around two things: 1. making money without regard for dwindling quality of services, and 2.appearances. I would not recommend working at this university to anyone. There is an extremely high turn-over rate and throughout my time there I got to witness just how many of the employees steal money. It's appalling. If you share that you are aware of this activity with department directors, they will fire you because you have now become a liability. Proceed with caution. If you must take this job, get out as quickly as you can and do it for purely selfish reasons.

    Advice to Management

    When certain activities are brought to your attention by people that you* vetted and hired, address the issue(s). The reputation of your institution depends on it.


  7. "Very unprofessional; clique mentality."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Florida International University full-time

    Pros

    Great students to work with in a lovely setting.

    Cons

    Unprofessional administrators in a community that treats employees unfairly.


  8. "I Do Not Recommend this Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people that I work with directly. I am at the Biscayne Bay campus and I like the sense of community there. It is obvious that the professors, advisors, and career development care for the students.

    Cons

    The pay is awful; experience is not taken into account. I was not given the opportunity to negotiate my salary but took the job anyway because I was extremely interested in the position. Unfortunately, the pay cut has really impacted me financially. This is a cheap university that does not offer any perks. The University of Miami is a much better employer.


  9. "Pay wasn't all to great"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Electrical Engineering department exposes you to many materials/research being worked on.

    You can also meet

    Cons

    Job description said worked up to 20 hours. In reality, you were expected to work 40+ hours per week. They didn't consider that a person could be a full-time engineering student.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized and unstable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Florida International University part-time

    Pros

    Little to no oversight. You can do what you want in your classroom. They have an excellent computer lab.

    Cons

    If you need a job as an adjunct then you will probably work here eventually. Be nice to the secretary and other staff as they are the ones actually responsible for getting you a job next semester. There is no oversight, teaching feedback or reviews. You will be left alone and no one will ask about the quality of the education. Often times there are conflicts with where and when you are teaching. This unfortunately makes it very difficult to give the best you can to the students. It is also extremely hard to know if you will be teaching the next semester. No one answers emails or the office phone.

    Advice to Management

    Be available by email. There shouldn't be no communication at all. Let us know when the dates/times of classes are shifted. The students deserve better.


  11. "Maybe a place to start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The students are fascinating.

    Cons

    Poor management. Wierd administrative priorities.

    Advice to Management

    How does becoming one of the largest schools help us?


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