Eastern Kentucky University

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Eastern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Interesting environment

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University for less than a year

    Pros

    Helpful staff,friendly small town atmosphere

    Cons

    Can be conservative and snobbish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the process of improving the atmosphere for conducive learning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good place to get an education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University

    Pros

    Knowledgable and hard-working colleagues, excellent reputation of the university, small and friendly campus, supportive community with low crime and good education, good president

    Cons

    Lack of communication from some administrative leaders, sometimes disappointed in administrative advocacy for employees, budget constraints during today's economic crisis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    EKU is a great place if you like a small town environment and workplace.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University

    Pros

    If you are from the community, it is extremely convenient. Chances are, you will know a lot of people there, and if not you will grow to know people and not be displeased. Working at EKU was like a big family, seems like we all know each other and that's about a great a working environment as you could want.

    Cons

    The only one I can really think of is the fact that some of the older people in management might need to move on. Seems like a lot of tools end up in charge and things can go from great to lame pretty quick. Sometimes it's bad enough that you stop to wonder how they even got that far, but it's not super bad as I did enjoy my time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people really need to be evaluated for effective leadership skills. Others really need their work looked at, it seems like there is a lot of glaring errors and they go unnoticed.

    Recommends
  9.  

    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
  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.  

    Eastern has potential

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor  in  Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Richmond, KY

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University

    Pros

    Good people - The hierarchy is pretty approachable and open to new ideas. There seems to be some good changes taking place and Eastern needs to capitalize on thier strengths and continue to seek out quality students and invest in them staying. The retirement plan is very good, and the benefits are not bad as well. Free parking for employees is a plus, but parking nazis need help with customer service!

    Cons

    The infrastructre of the University needs work and quality of students is low. Eastern really needs to invest in more mentoring and personal contact with students, not more in electronic resources, which is very impersonal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think forward for retention and don't hesitate to hire outside people enough money to bring new ideas.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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