The University of Kansas Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
133 Reviews

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133 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits were all right, and work/life balance was great (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits and management has a understanding of work life balance (in 9 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule as all the employers understand the struggle of the class load. It was also a great way to build connections

    Cons

    The pay was not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My hourly wage only went up at the very end of my employment, after 2 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Specialist  in  Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist in Lawrence, KS

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

    Pros

    Best vacation and sick time around. As an unclassified support staff you receive 8 hours vacation and 4 hours sick every paycheck.

    Cons

    Depending on department and how you are funding, personal growth can be non existent. If grant funded you are limited to available money left in the grant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are expected to get your work done and are given a general direction. But you are not micro-managed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    KU is a great place to work, but there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement as an administrator for a program.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas full-time

    Pros

    Like most universities, KU offers great benefits and plenty of holidays and time off. The people that you work with are great (for the most part), and there are lots of opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    While you can attend lots of professional development opportunites, there are not many opportunities actually to progress professionally if you are associated with a specific program or unit on campus. There are many more opportunites if you are part of the more centralized administrative units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper administrators of KU need to provide more oversight of program/unit directors and those employed in these units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Managing Editor, American Studies Journal

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A graduate position. Stipend payments which were fair, and my position allowed me to enjoy an in-state tuition rate (which amounted to fully half of the cost). Other positions cover full tuition.

    Cons

    Takes time away from school that a scholarship would not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Personal interested in R&D and to pursue my future career in academic or industry domain. That's why I choose KU. It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    No comment. Too busy to know company values, promotions, office culture, et.c. I do not know that.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Career Coach  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Career Coach in Lawrence, KS

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and awesome tradition and culture! I really enjoyed all of my colleagues in this endeavor!

    Cons

    It is a larger institution which comes with it's cons. It's harder to change something as it goes through the right reporting lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, Great people, great town!

    Cons

    None that i can think of!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    An Organization in Turmoil

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    Current Employee - KUIT Staffer  in  Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - KUIT Staffer in Lawrence, KS

    I have been working at The University of Kansas full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits, insanely great retirement, 1 class per semester free, great work environment. Interesting projects (most of the time).

    Cons

    Too many chiefs, often poorly planned initiatives. faculty often perceive themselves as "better" than the non-PhD staff and have no problem showing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include staff into decision making, blind decisions cause more work down the line. Accept new information when making decisions, and don't stick with wrong paths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Student positions lack appropriate leadership experience & initiative.

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist  in  Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Easy to balance school/work schedule.

    Cons

    Leadership lacked experience and initiative. I had to make up for a lot of slack coming from my superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better checks and balances for employees in charge of student positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great employer to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff, room to grow!

    Cons

    Work can be stressful during busy times (August/January).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay positive and friendly!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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