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Florida International University Reviews

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

  • This is a wonderful work environment (in 38 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. "Beware of bi-yearly purges in the School of Education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Instructor in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good growing research/funding base and collegial faculty.

    Cons

    Every 2 years, the School of Education purges people from its ranks. One year it was computer and technical support, another year was all assistant professors going up for tenure, another year it was those close to retirement that were booted out before they hit retirement age, and more recently, they booted out instructors. Additionally, tenured professors are afraid to speak out against main college administrators which eventually led to the College of Education being transferred to Arts and Sciences and demoted to a School of Education. The new model purports to create more funding opportunities by allowing faculty from different disciplines to submit joint proposals, but this is just a lot of show with little to no substance, especially, since the old College of Education was bringing in a moderate to high amount of research funding.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all deans, assistant deans, graduate deans, etc., within the School of Education and hire outside people.


  2. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontend Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Frontend Engineer in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work with people from all around the world, if you are a student you can work and study in the same place, you can reach hundreds of thousands of users with your projects, and you get to work with very creative and passionate professors.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Not all teams are progressive.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many layers in the org chart of this university.


  3. "Going corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in North Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in North Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. And convenient

    Cons

    They'll have you come in on a Monday to lay you off after decades of service!

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate. Stop selling off pieces of BBC to build MMC. There's a whole community you're taking away from.


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  5. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good weather, helpful staffs. Easy to study. New buildings and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Not very updated. Complex and many rules.

    Advice to Management

    Make the rules simple that conforms with current tech world.


  6. "Working at FIU and Miami, FL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer I in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Applications Developer I in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    FIU is one of the largest public universities in Florida. It is located in one of the most unique locations in the country, Miami. As a large university (50K+ students enrolled), there are jobs available for almost any vocation. They are always in need of staff and administrative personnel. Faculty positions are also available for those with the right credentials and research/publishing experience. Many employees stay due to the excellent benefits, such as affordable group health insurance, generous vacation/sick time, paid federal holidays.

    Cons

    Since FIU is a very large school, your experience on the job will vary a lot depending on the department and team you work with. Middle and upper administrative positions can become competitive and cutthroat. A department or team may not be the most positive and functional, and office politics may make work harder. The flip side is also true, if you land a job with a great team, your work life with be great.
    Advancement for lower to middle administrative and staff positions is very slow. People tend to stay until retirement at FIU so moving up takes forever.
    Miami is also a very expensive city to afford. Prices to buy or rent a house are some of the highest of any major city in the country. Also, the culture shock is quite real if you don't speak Spanish. Most of Miami speaks Spanish as a first language, which might make it harder to be understood.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives for employees to stay at FIU should be implemented much more widely. There should be at the very least a cost of living increase, guaranteed for all employees. Also there should be a guaranteed bonus each year, depending on the Performance Evaluation done every year. Also minor perks such as discounted parking and on-campus dining would go a long way to keeping employees. Finally, a real market evaulation of employee salaries would make the difference in preventing brain drain and turnover, especially from technical positions in IT.


  7. "Good learning environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is one of the good universities in the region. The working environment is really good. You can learn some practical work while studying at the same time.

    Cons

    I do not really see any cons in working there but after all its a university not a company. Therefore there are some things that you can experience in the company and not in the university.


  8. "Office assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Office Assistant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Student Office Assistant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility is available for students

    Cons

    Pay sucks for a student


  9. "great environment, decent salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hialeah, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hialeah, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great environment to work for

    Cons

    salary isn't as good as you'd expect


  10. "Growing fast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good people (faculty, staff and students). beautiful campus, great vacation and sick leave, 7 credits of coursework paid for passing classes,

    Cons

    low salaries, a few lazy apples in the bunch, technology services unable to keep up with growth and needs of students, staff, and faculty. Some lazy workers fluff their feathers like they do a lot, but barely can be found if something needs to be done. very annoying.

    Advice to Management

    they don't seem to work together well. units compete and don't communicate.


  11. "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Florida International University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get a lot of benefits. Many days off and great insurance.

    Cons

    no place for growth. The only way to grow is through people retiring or changing careers.


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