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Kent State Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
95 Reviews
3.8
95 Reviews
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Kent State President Lester A. Lefton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, job security, good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Tuition waiver for yourself, spouse, and kids (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, racism in some departments, lack of care for students, weak leadership (in 7 reviews)

  • When the story eventually hits the national news it will almost certainly hurt KSU's reputation as a great place to teach (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work, with lots of great people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kent State

    Pros

    Retirement, Insurance, Tuition Assistance and great people!

    Cons

    Lower base salary, increasing work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salary

  2.  

    Be wary of Information Services

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kent State full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant engineers who like to share knowledge
    Good benefits - tuition waver after only 120 days

    Cons

    Micromanagement from the top down
    Do not trust ANYONE in IS. Lots of drama and backstabbing.
    CIO thrives on a culture of fear, is insulted by even the most innocuous statements, and holds grudges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your engineers and don't be so petty

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

    Decent salary and benefits; overworked in a middle management position.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kent State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Acceptable budgets.

    Cons

    Far too many unimaginative and underprepared administrators. Far too much administrative bloat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the ranks of middle management. More AVPs than professors!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Relaxed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kent State

    Pros

    Good benefits with many days off. Nice people from around Ohio. Good training and on-boarding. Fun students. The town of Kent, OH is also amusing. You can live in-town and work here for cheap.

    Cons

    Slow pace with a sense of prevailing routine. Academia in general is not really suited to people who want to move fast, but here especially. There is no sense of urgency.

    Parking is cruel and unusual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people.

  6.  

    Good place to work, but very low pay.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Kent, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Kent, OH

    I worked at Kent State full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really liked the people I worked with other then upper management.
    Good benefits and Holiday/Vacation time is awesome!

    Cons

    Slow to make any changes or implement new ideas until they needed it done 6 months ago. Then its rush to get it done. Consistently moving goal posts, you think you are done with a project but wait there's more. Also, the amount of work you will redo 100 times is laughable or will make you cry. When outages occur, and yes in IT they do. The Management comes down hard on Middle management as if that group didn't already say for the last year Maintenance Items A, B, and C need to be completed or this might happen.

    Below average salaries compared to the rest of the universe. Seriously, if you expect to make anywhere near what your other colleagues in IT are making look else where.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Flexible

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Kent State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible to crazy personal schedules. In addition, management in multiple positions was friendly, open and gave good guidance.

    Cons

    Because they employ so many people, bureaucracy issues sometimes arose. Often hard to get employment without knowing someone within the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for applicants who are not yet affiliated to get their foot in the door.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Help out my boss

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, job is very laid back and nice. Everyone is friendly to work with. Kent state is a very nice place.

    Cons

    Can be boring sometimes, people talk behind eachothers back all the time. Hard to please people and huge work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, nice students not really interested in research, not really interested in advancing employees

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    Former Contractor - Lecturer
    Former Contractor - Lecturer

    I worked at Kent State as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most staff and fellow employees (both faculty and staff) were great to work with. Students were polite and dedicated. Kent and the surrounding area is small city affordable with some college town amenities and close to a larger urban area of Cleveland.

    Cons

    Very rigid academic structure makes it difficult to do collaborative work within and outside the university. Only give mouth service to conducting research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very friendly people who are always willing to lend a hand. The university has strong ties with the area which allows for many different project opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities.
    Great coworkers.
    Professors are always willing to help.

    Cons

    Capped work hours with a max of 20/week.
    Low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Most problems stem from the University it's self.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great working atmosphere.

    Cons

    The department heads were slightly disorganized, but their administration made up for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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