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Florida International University Reviews

Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 2015
191 Reviews
3.7
191 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, basically you will be able to have quality time with your family (in 9 reviews)

  • FIU has great benefits, including portable retirement benefit, excellent healthcare benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay and lack of opportunity to advance (in 9 reviews)

  • compared to peers in other state universities in FL, pay is low when Miami cost of living is high (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    The job is okay only if you want to be there short term.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Its is a 9 to 5 job solely.

    Cons

    The pay is not that great.

  2.  

    They are getting better

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at Florida International University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. People are nice to work with. Quality of faculties are getting better according to records of new coming professors. Does not pay that well, but ok and getting better.

    Cons

    As a researcher, one needs better admin supports. Many times mistakes happened and unnecessarily delayed the work process. Funding is something you have to fight for. It impacts a lot on research quality when one has to focus on finding funds too often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice University, better than its reputation in other countries.

    Cons

    no no no no no (5 words)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    so far so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work Love This School!

    Current Employee - Learning Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Learning Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Connect with faculty, add to your resume, learn leadership skills

    Cons

    Parking is always an issue here.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be warned about the electrical engineering department

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, sometimes

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities. There are tons of different departments to work for on campus. This is both good and bad. Most departments have fantastic leadership, but some are lacking. The hours are generally 9 to 5.

    Cons

    When you're dealing with students, it's almost always the case that they're going to ask you a question that cannot by answered by your department and they will have to speak with 2+ other departments to get a complete answer. This is frustrating to the student and thus they take out their frustration on you. Unfortunately, the university is so divided in it's functions that even things that should logically be handled together are separate departments in separate buildings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a college that I went to whici provided diverse eductions.

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    Former Employee - Student in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Student in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at Florida International University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was close to my home and they offered a lot of classes and gave oportunity to a large community.

    Cons

    It was quite close to my house so i did not have so much issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Its ok to Start

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    Current Employee - Field Analyst in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Field Analyst in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a great place to work and benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get any raises or a promotion based on what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who you know not what you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a bit of give and take

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Florida International University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Despite the terrible drawbacks, employees become complacent and cushy within FIU due to the great benefits package, vacation time and fairly good work/life balance. Supervisors are generally understanding to the demands of family life and importance of flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Disproportionate workloads: some admin staff (middle-aged secretaries) enjoy days of little to no work while others in the same department are overworked and underpaid. In my current position I perform a juggling act, balancing several different functions (I refer to this as being a "Jack of all trades but master of none" while the FIU fuhrer President refers to it as being "Worlds Ahead.") There is little to no room for growth, salaries are capped, there is no hope for a raise, job functions are extremely boring and simply a means to a paycheck. While there are huge pay discrepancies between faculty and staff or between identical job titles, it is safe to say that overall, FIU SALARIES SUCK. Employees at the administrative/staff level (some faculty are grossly overpaid) are very underpaid, even below the county average. You don't get a job at FIU for the money - you do it for the paid vacation - end of story. Work here for a couple years and when you finally reach the point of slitting your wrist, find something that at least pays better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improved Pay Equality; administration that appreciates work of administrative staff and not just faculty; more importance placed on quality students, not quantity, profiteering and infrastructure. And for God's sake, offer better salaries and pay raises to current employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very difficult cutting through red tape

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at Florida International University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Considerable amount of free time if you have a part time instructor position. Pays enough and gives you time to have a life.

    Cons

    Certain departments like the STEM fields have a significantly larger budget than others like the humanities and liberal arts, which is unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management like the President of the University should stop trying to micromanage contract employees, given the size of the university and the number of employees and students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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