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University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
163 Reviews
3.7
163 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I had a great supervisor (VP) who promotes a good work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, company values, can not say enough good about them (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay if you are simply "staff' (in 6 reviews)

  • No raises for faculty and staff for the last two years, heading for three years now (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    UK RA

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    work is easy, everything's pretty good

    Cons

    no really cons, everything's pretty good

  2.  

    Excellent TA environment

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    I work in the CS department. Everyone is very helpful and ready to work with me. Always quick responses from staff and faculty.

    Cons

    Not always clear instructions for my job. However, having lots of freedom and leeway in how I handle my class is nice as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great position, awful department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved my job. Meeting new people from all parts of the world and making lifelong friends was worth it. I loved hosting programs and educating residents on a variety of topics. The 'on call' hours were really not bad, but my experience will vary from everyone else's (varies from hall to hall). The RA class you must take if you get the job helped a bit in professional development.

    Cons

    The Office of ResLife (Residence Life) is absolutely AWFUL. This is the saddest part of the job: they made me dislike it.

    Upper management is pretty much non-existent, they tell you that you as an RA are the foundation of the organization and that they care about you, which is pretty much false. They are expecting more out of RAs to the point that if you don't make it your life goal to be a stellar show-off RA, you are looked down upon and harassed to leave.

    No support from some HDs (Hall Directors), will vary hall to hall.

    Boring, pointless training that really does not help you.

    No clear communication between upper leadership and your own hall.

    High turnover of employees, including HDs.

    High restrictions on out-of-hall overnights (and getting progressively worse)

    Minimum wage for working front desk that actually just ends up adding up to what you would've paid for housing.

    Too little consistency in policy enforcement and standards between halls.

    Will not accommodate to semester-long internships or abroad experiences (I know some people that have quit with a full 2-weeks notice, but ResLife shows them as "fired" in their good standing records).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform your structure. Let go of people that should not be there anymore. Actually walk the walk and do everything to care for your RAs, and be more transparent of what you do and decide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great experience as a research assistant.Good mentors and professors. Wish the pay could have been increased

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance package, professional colleagues, constant development/projects going on around campus. Lot's of service opportunities available around town. Town is not too big or too busy, horse racing and college basketball are big deals.

    Cons

    City gets crazy with students and town folks rampaging especially after the men's basketball games (win or lose :) ) during the NCAAB tournament. Steer clear of State Street and South Limestone on game nights.
    Overall good place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical graduate student grunt

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Generally easy to find an expert in related fields when trying to work on interdisciplinary problems.

    Cons

    Many stupid and needlessly complex policies on the medical side of campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    UK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good people working here. UK is undergoing a lot of change right now so that can make it really exciting. The benefits are really good.

    Cons

    Working with faculty can be difficult at times. They tend to hate policies and procedures and trying to get them to follow the rules can be extremely frustrating. There is still less advancement for women and minorities. There is still a lot of sexism and racism on campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Student and Employee

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Retirement benefits are especially generous. They have a flex spending account, as well as decent co-pays for office visits.

    Cons

    It's all about appearances. They like big posters with achievements on them, but the actual behind the scenes action involves 50% lazy employees who know how to game the system and 50% employees who make up for the other group...until they get tired of working for peanuts while someone else doesn't have to work to get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to your employees. Pay them a decent wage instead of spending money on commercials and pretty posters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Kentucky part-time

    Pros

    Tuition covered, small stipend that pays the bills

    Cons

    paid for 10hrs work, expectations of full time work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a ta position, so you shouldn't expect much

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    nice people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky

    Pros

    great place to live and work

    Cons

    it's a little bit boring town.

  11.  

    Overall good experience and good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very nice people

    Cons

    Multiple bosses, large workload, often last minute projects. Multiple bosses lead to confusion of work priorities and may make employee seem incompetent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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