Northern Kentucky University

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Northern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great new company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, OH

    I have been working at Northern Kentucky University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A brand new company with great ideals and goals.

    Cons

    Because the company is so new, they are struggling with fleshing everything out. Typical growing pains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good People.... Good Institution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Kentucky University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small college feel.... good Faculty to student ratios... great location to surrounding area and the tristate

    Cons

    Compensation has always been a challenge... Commuter college... ok but expensive parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Newport, KY
    Former Employee - Specialist in Newport, KY

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best part.

    Cons

    The benefits are alright. Boring work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your performance reviewers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good network of professional support.

    Cons

    Cafeteria options could be healthier.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Good People. Friendly. Not hard work.

    Cons

    No training or interview. Temporary - laying off for more student opportunities vs alumni opportunities. Bosses are awesome, but expect too much for the lack of real work. Busy-work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efficacy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very educative and developing internship.

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    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Highland Heights, KY
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Highland Heights, KY

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Theres a very open and helpful atmosphere at NKU however the professionalism is at its highest and everybody wants to contribute with their abilities.

    Cons

    As it was a university, the equipment and apparatus may not be state of the art. Though they still offer a wide range of technical equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As i was an intern i wasn't really inside the core of promotions, benefits and other things like this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Highland Heights, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Highland Heights, KY

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits: progress has been made in recent years in terms of insurance coverage for extended family members, and the tuition waiver and health center benefits are nice.

    Physical Environment: the campus has seen dramatic improvement in physical facilities over the past several years, and has definitely outgrown the "concrete jungle" reputation it had in the past. Thanks to new buildings like the Science Center, Student Union and Griffin Hall, as well as renovations like the University Center, main campus plaza, and Loch Norse, NKU is much more visually appealing and attractive.

    Cons

    Morale: after many years of budget cuts and becoming increasingly "lean" in staffing (translation: employees are expected to do more work in the same amount of time, with less funding and nearly zero increase in compensation). Lack of ability to trust supervisors, HR staff, and other leadership leaves NKU employees afraid to do anything but "keep their heads down" and try to avoid being the next one on the layoff list.

    Salary/Wages: Changes in the upper administration, including the creation of VP positions of higher levels (and, presumably, pay) than existed in the past and addition of at least one "special advisor" position, give the appearance (without a transparent explanation to demonstrate otherwise) that it's okay for leaders to compensate themselves well, but lower-level employees and positions are not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers/administrators, from the VP level down, to manage people, not just tasks/projects/budgets/etc. They should (and most do) have those skills as qualifications for the position, but many are not able to relate to their employees on a level of personal understanding. When considering what is best for the university, leadership must include employees in the equation, not just budget, retention, and degree production.

    Establish a culture of expectation and accountability. Employees truly want to know what is expected of them, so they have clear goals to strive for and understand how their work contributes to the mission of the university. Most would appreciate honest feedback and constructive criticism in a best-practice performance management context. Unfortunately, largely due to the lack of management training noted above, these things rarely happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    On the move...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University

    Pros

    Friendly staff to work with.

    Cons

    Raises are few and far between.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Server Admin

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    Current Employee - Server Administrative in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Server Administrative in Highland Heights, KY

    I have been working at Northern Kentucky University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and very relaxed work enviroment

    Cons

    Low pay, no direction, no accountablity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just keeping the status qua is not enough

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Assistant at NKU- Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Highland Heights, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Highland Heights, KY

    I have been working at Northern Kentucky University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people to work with, amazing opportunities for research and learning. Griffin Hall is also a huge plus.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is something that can be a con, but any graduate student would say this. Overall, NKU graduate students have a good balance comparatively to other graduate programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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