Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
14 Reviews
3.7
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University

    Pros

    Good location, friendly and helpful staff.

    Cons

    Nice small university to study

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Plantation-Style Leadership

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Richmond, KY

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the faculty and some of the staff are dedicated and competent.

    Cons

    Administration does whatever it wants, whenever it wants. Some units are privileged with new offices and thousands off dollars in perks, while others share offices in converted dorms and use hand-me-down technology. Don't try pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. They have been sued multiple times for failing to follow their own stated policies and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all academic units the same and don't privilege one over another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Can be a laid back, fun culture--unless you're a minority--but can lead to a lot of drama

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University part-time

    Pros

    Laid back, fun (see exceptions)

    Cons

    LOTS of drama.
    Also a LOT of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. If you're any kind of minority (and I'm including liberals in this group) you will most likely be miserable. I can't tell you the number of racist and sexist comments I've had to endure during my employment.
    If you're a hard-core conservative, white, male and love to dehumanize anyone who isn't just like you--you will fit right in. If not...STAY AWAY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know...maybe fire people who create a hostile environment instead of just standing around a listening to them and pretending you don't hear their comments? Take complaints seriously?
    Stop hiring jerks who think it's "funny," appropriate, or professional to constantly make other workers and students uncomfortable?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at the Environmental Research Institute. It was awesome.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University

    Pros

    Fun, dynamic environment with great people.

    Cons

    University bureaucracy made funding for projects difficult.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Excellent workplace with great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits: Insurance, holidays, time-off, free tuition and then vacation you may not be able to use because you've already been off 2 weeks for Christmas, a week for Spring Break, etc. Academic atmosphere which encourages independent thought and a youthful, hopeful energy you won't find elsewhere.

    Cons

    Funding and budgets determine raises. Years without a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage job advancement within the institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    excellent organization to work for. Top rated

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    Former Employee - Safety Coordinato0r  in  Lawrenceburg, KY
    Former Employee - Safety Coordinato0r in Lawrenceburg, KY

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    everything good, with exception of salary

    Cons

    no negatives. Great organization to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider former employees for rehire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love working at Eastern Kentucky University.

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    Current Employee - Support Service Associate  in  Corbin, KY
    Current Employee - Support Service Associate in Corbin, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I love being able to help people that are having trouble.

    Cons

    They have a buddy system, so it is hard to move up here. I have been here full for almost ten years, and cannot get a better paying job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a chance, no matter how old they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Conflicted

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    Current Employee - Senior Office Associate  in  Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Office Associate in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    EKU has provided an educational opportunity to full time employees through staff/faculty tuition waiver program. For the last few years the benefit has been for a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester undergrad and grad level courses. EKU resides in a small/medium size town with a growing sense of community and cultural actives.

    Cons

    Recent initiatives by institutional leadership has left many fearing job loss, a reduction in support departments (faculty/staff resources), and a decrease in the tuition waiver to 6 credit hours per semester. All this comes after several years of salary stand-stills and increases to tuition. Employees who regularly are assigned and undertake duties far beyond his/her job description are not rewarded financially nor shown administrative recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership has taken a turn for the worse. Recent decisions by the board have put strain and uncertainty in the workforce. Employees need to be valued and shown loyalty, not given lip service and dismissed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice Part Time Experience with Flexibility

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, teaching environment, opportunity to work with students

    Cons

    Parking is not convenient at times, budget cuts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great campus, great people, great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Richmond, KY

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mid-size campus, incredible support, lots of interest and energy around new ideas and innovative ways to fulfill departmental goals

    Cons

    Sometimes folks aren't held as accountable as they should be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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