KU Endowment Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at KU Endowment part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to gain skills in communication. Great work life balance as you generally get to choose your hours. Management always open to hearing feedback. Good starting pay and opportunity to increase every year. Coordinator is very friendly and always open to your suggestions and happy to help with any issue.

    Cons

    Management doesnt really do much and gets payed much more. Unfair way of getting promoted to management- people who didnt even apply for position were given the highest promotion by upper management who dont even see the kind of work callers were doing in person.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Fun place to work until recent change in management

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    Former Employee - Student Development Associate in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Student Development Associate in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at KU Endowment part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun environment, outgoing employees, resume builder, creative incentives, sales experience

    Cons

    Emotionally draining, constantly on the phone, high employee turnover, horrible new management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice the script! Know it really for mock calls during the interview. Even if you're struggling during the mock call the most important thing is to push through all the way to the end of the call!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Student caller

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    Former Employee - Student Caller
    Former Employee - Student Caller

    I worked at KU Endowment part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pick your own hours. Atmosphere with other students(more on this below) can do homework.
    Pay is competitive for CAMPUS jobs.
    Get to help the university you go to school for, and hear some cool alumni stories.

    Cons

    Not an easy job. Steep learning curve. Extremely high turnover for a reason. not many people stay on and are successful. This is either because the job isn't for everyone or the fact that management really does little training that is promised during interviews. (My trainer was texting(cell phones can't be out or you get sent home or fired?!) while I was asking questions.)

    A lot of perks that made this job good got taken away with little explanation. There's a very subjective promotion system and the managers were not on the same page whatsoever and this resulted in people getting management positions that were completely unqualified or didn't even apply. No longer a cool college job, wouldn't

    My advice: You can easily make more by being a waiter and you would likely face less verbal harassment in that industry than you do with alumni sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no chance this will be taken into consideration. Rock chalk!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Wonderful experience

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    Current Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at KU Endowment part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Conversing with alumni and working in a fun environment. This job provides you with an excellent skill set for a lot of other jobs to build off of in a fun environment full of fellow students with flexible hours. It provides an opportunity for growth and promotion within and was the best job I've had yet.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. My experience here was not positive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KU Endowment full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding and most of the people there are quite friendly. The office is clean and tidy and they seem to want employee feedback about ways to improve the work environment.

    Cons

    Management needs to reassess some of their VP positions. Upper management needs to listen to the lower level employees and listen to what they have to say about their supervisors - and to not just listen but do something about it. Some people are NOT meant to be supervisors!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership that I was under did not communicate with the employees beneath them in any meaningful way. Instead, I was bullied, berated and insulted. Upper management needs to work at removing the problem employees and not be afraid of potential lawsuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A place to build relationships and gain new sales and communication skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at KU Endowment part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    KU is a great place for one to gain new skills in sales or communication. It's also a great place to work because the university has to many strong alumni that the donors are great to work with. It's also a rewarding place to work for because you are raising funds for a university.

    Cons

    Management and its structure can be biased at times -- picking favorites.
    Upper management does not communicate often enough with its employees below them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. KU Endowment

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    Current Employee - Gift Planning Administrator in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Gift Planning Administrator in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at KU Endowment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are not many jobs in Lawrence that offer pensions, retirement, insurance, 3+ weeks vacation, etc. They work to ensure employee satisfaction through little perks like a day off here or four hours off there. The daily work climate is good.

    Cons

    KU Endowment is old-fashioned in many ways and the hierarchical framework is not improving. Staff is probably 80% female and upper management positions are 80% male. This is especially so in the development department where the good salaries are.

    If you don't work in development, it is very difficult to get any type of promotion or raise aside from the annual 2-3% income adjustment. Many of the higher paying positions are occupied by people who commute in from Kansas City. This point underscores the Pro that there are not many jobs in Lawrence, and perhaps in Kansas City as well, that offer pensions, retirement, etc.

    Most senior management, though quite amiable socially, goes to great lengths to avoid confrontation and this is done by chronically kicking the can down the road, waiting for someone else to make a decision, or giving some piece of fluff excuse as to why something can't be done or is beyond their control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a framework for all positions in all departments where promotions are a possibility. Treat all employees fairly and equally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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