Kent State Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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Kent State President Lester A. Lefton
Lester A. Lefton
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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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  1. Interesting Research

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

    I have been working at Kent State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good scope of research in this field

    Cons

    no cons currently right now

  2. Kent State University

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Really hard working employees with above average benefits. Very secure jobs once you become established.

    Cons

    Peter Principle everywhere! Lots of chiefs, not enough Indians...very top heavy. The salary/pay ranges for classified/unclassified employees is not even close to the national average. Actually have some employees working below the poverty level!!! Some managers treat their employees like dogs...lawsuits waiting to happen !!

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times upper level management and HR !! You have an opportunity to eliminate positions that are mere shadows of the people doing the work, and I mean upper managers that are just coasting. Too many layers which has created bureaucratic log-jambs and ridiculous amounts of wasted money ! What a surprise? Have no idea what I'm talking about? Just ask anyone for their honest opinion, especially log term folks getting close to retirement. retirement...they will give you the truth

  3. Helpful (1)

    Information Services needs new management. All 3 stars are for benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits such as tuition waiver, healthcare, holidays, retirement plan (OPERS)

    Cons

    Information Services management is the worst you will ever see. They have their favorites & if you are not among them, then you can't express yourself. If you dare to do so, be ready for the backlash. They try to cut corners wherever possible. No regular trainings for engineers. Not a comfortable place to work at. I'm here for benefits ONLY. Oh, did I mention, they pay pennies for amount of work you do & skills you possess? DO NOT recommend this place if you are applying for a job in information services -- pathetic pay, terrible management (Hitler style), just good benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bullying your employees in Information Services. I hope other departments are much better at it.

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  5. My time at Kent State University was important and strong to my development at a student affairs administrator.

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    Former Employee - Clerical Specialist/Researcher in Kent, OH
    Former Employee - Clerical Specialist/Researcher in Kent, OH

    I worked at Kent State

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Networking and research that allowed me to understand the inner workings of a higher education institution. Additionally, the understanding of paying attention to detail.

    Cons

    Taking the time to understand procedure and working to maximize results. The training needed to become successful in the previous position that I was in that led to the actual training from my graduate program.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the management to better train classified and student assistants to learn new methods and procedures in regard to research and development at Kent State University.

  6. Very good place to work if you try to go to school at same time.

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Kent, OH

    I have been working at Kent State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people, free toution for employee, GA postions. good benifit

    Cons

    it gets very cold here.

  7. My employment at Kent State University at Salem

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    Former Employee - Assistant Reference Librarian Student-Worker in Salem, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Reference Librarian Student-Worker in Salem, OH

    I worked at Kent State part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of downtime to get homework done, and mostly friendly staff.

    Cons

    Slow on hiring process, and a lot of downtime.

    Advice to Management

    Move quicker with hiring processes.

  8. Was rewarding as I learned a lot, however, limited ability for advancement.

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    Former Intern - Network and Telecom Technician in Kent, OH
    Former Intern - Network and Telecom Technician in Kent, OH

    I worked at Kent State as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, mostly good people. seemingly unlimited budget, great experience.

    Cons

    Some people who are too used to the way things have been done and stubborn about it. Eager to hire from outside when there is a lot of talented people already working for them -i.e. promote more.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more, especially student employees who are a ready fit. Require more cultural awareness training.

  9. Nice job in a Bad time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kent State

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

    Pros

    I like work with student as I was one myself

    Cons

    No union support can be fired at anytime.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using people like some kind of throwaway rag.

  10. 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 Management

    Increase base salary

  11. 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)

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

    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 Management

    Trust your engineers and don't be so petty

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