The University of Kansas
3.9 of 5 112 reviews
www.ku.edu Lawrence, KS 5000+ Employees

The University of Kansas Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
The University of Kansas – US – “KU Edwards Campus”

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3.9 112 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

The University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Bernadette Gray-Little

(49 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The benefits were all right, and work/life balance was great"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Great benefits, generous time off, good insurance group (state of Kansas)"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "There were no cons with working at the Admissions office in college"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Lazy co-workers, low salary, can get tedious as there is not much in the way of new innovation"
    in 3 reviews
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School of Engineering Helproom

Helproom Tutor (Current Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I have been working at The University of Kansas part-time for more than a year

ProsThis job is one of the coolest jobs on campus. Apart from the pay which is $13/hr which is superb for a on campus job, you also get to help people which makes you feel good.

ConsIf you don't know Physics, Chemistry and Math for Engineers don't bother to apply.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good employer for work/life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time

ProsReliable schedule, excellent benefits, and generally upbeat atmosphere.

ConsLazy co-workers, low salary, can get tedious as there is not much in the way of new innovation.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow staff to do more creation rather than just implementation. Sometimes a hand in the process from the start is engaging.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The work was very good

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time for more than a year

ProsThe work was very easy

ConsThe work was very slow

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Very fulfilling experience

Communications Intern (Former Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I worked at The University of Kansas as an intern for more than a year

ProsHad an internship at KU and had a fulfilling experience doing work for the Jayhawk community. My schedule was flexible as my schedule changed each semester. Made valuable connections with industry professionals. I was provided with work space and everything I needed to provide great work. They care about your education and making sure you leave with valuable results.

ConsMight interfere with school projects that are due during the time you have to work. Just plan accordingly.

Advice to Senior Managementkeep providing support and motivating students who are aspiring to be like you someday.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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the job market is so bad

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I have been working at The University of Kansas part-time for more than 3 years

ProsUniversity is generally supportive (compared to horror stories I've heard about other schools) but never so supportive that you forget that you're working for less than minimum wage in the very adjunct system that will ensure you never get a tenure-track job. LFK is a nice town to spend a couple years in. Flexible class scheduling, set your own office hours, no minimum hours on campus. And your tuition gets paid!

ConsPay is just about the lowest I've ever heard from other grad students (though cost of living is quite low in Lawrence) and in many depts you actually teach instead of just grading. The benefits, which you purchase, are not worth that purchase; the program is really just not competitive enough in my humanities field to conscionably turn out PhDs with academic focuses. Culture of nice-nice-nice, not work.

Advice to Senior ManagementGTAs who teach their own classes rather than just supporting profs can't sustain a 2-2 load and 2 courses. Something always suffers: either they're crappy instructors or they're not producing sufficiently to actually be competitive in the job market. Everybody loses....

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Admissions Counselor Review

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The University of Kansas

ProsLots of various types of experiences that can be applied in to future endeavors.

ConsHard to be heard in such a large university/company

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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Coordinator

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat benefits and management has a understanding of work life balance

ConsLacking potential career growth, once your in your stuck

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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UGRA at KU

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The University of Kansas

ProsResearch opportunities are excellent. Great faculty.

ConsLots of red tape. Pay could be better, depending on department.

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time for more than a year

ProsI loved the laid-back atmosphere and the overall environment that the university provided. Coworkers were generally supportive and uncompetitive. The benefits were all right, and work/life balance was great

ConsWork was not very challenging, and therefore a little boring. Pay was pretty bad. Most people there are highly educated and being paid less than they would in an entry level job in the private sector. I hated that we had to pay for our own parking. When salary is so low, parking passes should not come out of paychecks. Things were a little bureaucratic at times, which was pretty frustrating when you're the kind of person who likes to get things done efficiently.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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KU is a very open and vibrant academic environment.

Associate Professor (Current Employee)
Lawrence, KS

I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNot much competitive pressure, great knowledge sharing platforms, wonderful access to resources.

ConsAs many large state institutions, KU can be slow in change.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open to innovative ideas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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