University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto
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Pros
  • I had a great supervisor (VP) who promotes a good work-life balance (in 11 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)

  • There are so many employees with the medical center and faculty and staff, as well as students, parking can be a nightmare during the day (in 3 reviews)

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  1. CS 115 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gain some good experience in a teaching environment. Refresh on the basics and enhance your communication ability for relaying CS concepts to the uninitiated, useful skills for the future. Rewarding watching students skills progress in part due to your tutelage.

    Cons

    Antiquated method for grading assignments, sending out feedback, and maintaining a gradebook. Because of this most of your time will be spent performing these duties, leaving less time for class preparation. The biggest problem is that you are only allotted 10 "billable" hours per week, but will consistently work more than that ( 2 hours in class, 2 hours in office hours, 1 hour weekly TA meeting, anywhere from 1-2 hours answering students emails or questions, then anywhere from 4-6 hours grading assignments, doing feedback, and updating gradebook), that's not to mention the requests to come in for "volunteer" hours to help during lecture sections or exam grading.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for TAs to bill for more than 10 hours if you expect us to work more than 10 hours.


  2. Watch your back!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    UK had a great signing package for a poor grad student. When I signed on, I felt like I was on top of the world.

    Cons

    But UK, like many institutions of higher learning, has many problems with politics, nepotism, and preserving the reputation of athletics over everything else. I don't work at a U now. I make more in the construction industry than I ever did teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Instructors and professors should get at least as much respect as the athletic department. Athletes should want rigorous coursework so their degrees aren't meaningless. Other people who take classes alongside athletes shouldn't be able to blatently see the favors done for athletes.


  3. Acceptable Work Place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great options for personal and professional development.

    Cons

    The best candidate for the job is not always selected, supervisors are not as knowledgeable as their employees

    Advice to Management

    Make sure training protocols have been followed.


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  5. Postdoctoral Scholar

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Great place with opportunities for conducting inter-disciplinary Research

    Cons

    Slow progress at lab scale, availability of funds is sometimes a problem


  6. Working at UK

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst
    Former Employee - Research Analyst

    Pros

    Great benefits, good HR dept in place

    Cons

    Pay a little lower than expected

    Advice to Management

    More support for staff is necessary.


  7. Student Assistant

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay for doing almost nothing. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    The University cares for no one but their shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Parking for Student Assistants, especially at libraries would be appreciated.


  8. Good place to get started

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are really good, including free classes, excellent health care and wellness facility. Good work/life balance and flexible hours.

    Cons

    There is a lot of new construction, but a lot of buildings have been neglected for many years, particularly within the smaller colleges. Some colleges are under better leadership than others and it may be a challenge to get access to the resources to perform your job duties to your satisfaction. Expect low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear expectations and better oversight of the most senior management.


  9. Great University, terrible administration.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    All the benefits of working at a university. Laid back atmosphere, great town, genuinely a nice place to be. The opportunity to do cutting edge research. Strong funding for come programs (e.g. Center for Advanced Materials)

    Cons

    Several issues communicating requirements (paperwork, deadlines, etc.) which leads to issues continuing payment and appointments for students who rely on such things.


  10. OK

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Educational Benefits, good people, manageable workload

    Cons

    Low pay, bad parking, old facilities


  11. Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Staff Support Associate II in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Staff Support Associate II in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation package. Working with students as they obtain their degrees. And the opportunity to work with amazing people. You also have the opportunity to take 2 courses for free per semester. The current president has implemented a lot of changes for the better unlike his predecessor. There has been a lot of growth and development.

    Cons

    There is not any consistency with pay. If you worked for a department with very little funding, you most likely will receive less pay than someone who may be in lets say the medical department. The person may be doing the exact same job as you but may receive thousands more than you. It is definitely about who you know. I've seen employees come in with very little experience who received positions but for those looking to move up, it may be more difficult if you do not know the right people. Employees also pay for parking every month but the garage is so far away and you are not guaranteed a parking spot. If you dare leave for lunch, you may not have a place to park when you come back



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