University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good but not great!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits if you are full time staff (not much if you are part time/trainee/ postdoc). There is some flexibility on the work schedule. City not too bad - it takes 5 miles drive to get to work. Leadership is paid top dollars but regular staff people and postdoc are way below the NIH pay scale. Houses are not too expensive (unlike other areas of US) but still not affordable for many UKY people.

    Cons

    Not much room for professional growth. No pay raises based on the experience (if you do well your job you might get 5% merit-based pay increase, but most people get 1-2% pay raise which is joke compared to increasing prices of living). Parking is horrible on campus (you could get a good spot for extra ~$100/month otherwise be ready to pay $400 for parking permit. Student enrollment number sare growing each year - there are more people on campus and more cars. Commuting to (and off) work becomes problematic in rush hours (but still not bad as traffic in big metropolitan cities).

    Advice to Management

    Retire all people that are 65 and more years old.
    Hire more new young people.


  2. PR & Communications Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Kentucky

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An amazing atmosphere, great people, and a solid foundation of tradition is what provides the University with such success. Having the opportunity to work alongside some of the most accomplished, not to mention down to Earth, people was an experience that I will certainly not forget.

    Cons

    Not for you if you prefer a fast paced atmosphere. Education seems to run a little slower on a day to day basis.


  3. Great place to work, in spite of the red tape.

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

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are a great deal of skilled people to work with. It is a very stable work environment. The benefits are better than anywhere else I have worked.

    Cons

    There is a ton of red tape to deal with. The processes to do most things are slow and outdated. Each area seems to have different policies, even though there is a university wide policy. Healthcare is even different from the campus side.


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  5. Some good, some bad aspects

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at University of Kentucky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain lots of experience on a range of health care areas.

    Cons

    The pay, the pay, the pay -- for non-physicians that is. Also, hostile workplace in certain departments. Other places you're treated with respect, except for the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Really take a look at your administrators and how the staff feels about them. Certain divisions are a class-action suit waiting to happen. I worked for one who'd I'd classify as racist, but he also treated most everyone else badly. Really a shame as there are some great managers, they just aren't in charge.


  6. Helpful (1)

    UK is a pretty decent place to work, but it depends mostly on who you know vs what you know. No raises for many years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Support Associate II in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Staff Support Associate II in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good people. The retirement plan is awesome, health insurance is ok. I had HMO and did not have any real complaints.

    Cons

    Some of the higher paid doctors and most faculty can be insufferable. There is certainly a bit of snobbery on campus. Did not get many raises, since there was a freeze while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the micro-managing. There needs to be better communication between levels and departments. Give incentives for retention.


  7. Helpful (2)

    difficult place to work, unqualified supervisors hire their friends

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good retirement plan, decent benefits

    Cons

    need to find ways to cope with many injustices

    Advice to Management

    they don't even care to know or improve


  8. recent PhD graduate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    rotation opportunities. broad course work choices and reasonable requirements.

    Cons

    how your life is gonna be is determined by the mentor you choose. So choose wisely.


  9. A wonderful, teaching-heavy graduate degree in philosophy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good professors, a welcoming community, 2 courses per semester, and $15,000 a year (as of 2015) graduate stipend.

    Cons

    Weak in analytic philosophy (though getting better) and medieval philosophy. So-so in ethics but strong in continental, Kant, Marx, and Hegel.

    Advice to Management

    Keep course loads back to 2/1 with an option to be a grader each year.


  10. Great community and opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at University of Kentucky part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    met amazing people and learned valuable life lessons

    Cons

    small pay, life consuming/long days occasionally


  11. Student worker position in a college - pretty good place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work on school work when slow.

    Cons

    Lose position as soon as graduate.



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