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The University of Kansas Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
154 Reviews
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154 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits were all right, and work/life balance was great (in 8 reviews)

  • KU has a great work environment and excellent benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • There were no cons with working at the Admissions office in college (in 4 reviews)

  • Depending on department and how you are funding, personal growth can be non existent (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lots of lateral opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator

    I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lawrence is a great town. It's not the Kansas you saw on the Wizard of Oz. Benefits are comprehensive, but not amazing.

    Cons

    Politics, but that's academia. Parking is awful. You have to pay for it. If you want to move up you have to jump departments. But this is common so there is no hostility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for a way to engage employees of all levels...not just faculty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was a student teaching assistant (undergraduate) in the sciences and did some open hourly work assisting my mentor.

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas

    Pros

    Since I was a student and lived near campus, getting to work was very convenient and they gave me flexible working hours.

    Cons

    It can be difficult managing the items your supervising professor has assigned you (on top of your school work), especially if that supervising professor is currently teaching you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us grace with our time sheets!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for student employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas

    Pros

    Flexible with schedules, no weekends if work in offices

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Student at KU

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas

    Pros

    Good variety of classes and experiences

    Cons

    Possible to get lost in the crowd

  6.  

    Great place for biopharmaceutical research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Funded and recognized lab in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Dept

    Cons

    Not that I can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working here is great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PLUS Leader in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - PLUS Leader in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at The University of Kansas part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment to work in.

    Cons

    Parking is difficult on game days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No specific advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    KU has a great work environment and excellent benefits. For grant funded projects there a lot of freedom to do things correctly without a lot of meetings.

    Cons

    All raises are subject to the state legislature and whether they decided to give state employees any raise at all. Even when on an NSF grant which has built in raises. Quite a few states still give raises to the federally funding grant people, but not in Kansas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lobby the state legislature to give raises to grant funded people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not too bad of a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Economics Teaching Assistant in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Economics Teaching Assistant in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Required to clock in a certain amount, but don't have to actually work that much.
    Not much to do unless you there is an exam coming up.
    Teachers you work for are all nice and helpful if you have questions

    Cons

    Can be frustrating sometimes with students not paying attention in weekly reviews and then ask questions that have been answering
    Can take a while to figure out how to fill the hour or what to teach about the whole time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  10.  

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas

    Pros

    They pay my tuition fee.

    Cons

    Will affect my coursework because of hectic schedules as a GTA.

  11.  

    KU is not what people think

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outreach Coordinator in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Outreach Coordinator in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas part-time

    Pros

    Jay Hawks are very good team

    Cons

    They do not welcome foreign national well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop your silent Racist attitudes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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