University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Job Security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job Security. Once hired, you can work at UK for the rest of your life if you want. Even if you're lazy. (As long as you don't screw up severely)

    Cons

    Things move at a snail pace all over the organization. Salary inequality is severe. Your supervisors make 3-4x your salary without producing 3-4x your knowledge or work, simply because they have friends in the right places and/or have been at the organization a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your subordinates tell you they feel they are underpaid, don't tell them "there's just no money for raises". Especially since it is a public University and everybody's salary is public information. We can see that you get massive raises every year even though there's "no money". (This isn't targeted to one person, this is generic. It happens all over the campus in the management side of things)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. University of Kentucky Visual Media review

    Current Intern - Visual Media Inter in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Intern - Visual Media Inter in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional growth
    Free Coffee
    Nice People
    Clear goals
    assistance available when needed
    People were open to helping me network for my next job

    Cons

    I had few cons to working this job honestly it was a great experience and would of loved a full time position had there been one available.

  3. Academia

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky

    Pros

    Stable. Good benefits, especially matching retirement and paid tuition.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Inefficiency. Smoke-and-mirrors.

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  5. Too big to guarantee for fair treatment for all employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Kentucky

    Pros

    Benefits, on line information, employee discounts

    Cons

    No professional development opportunities, department relied on grant money to operate, little to no supervision of supervisors, no representation or assistance from HR when supervisors step out of line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider interviewing employee before assuming supervisors are accurate or honest when making big employment decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Very good work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I work at the college of agriculture. There are friendly people around me. I has a nice supervisor and feel relax at work

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other university, even thought we have very good medical insurance. Do not provide coffee at work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of options to improve your development and a good work/life balance

    Cons

    too much "money-driven" in the last years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. postdoctoral scholar

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Their company rules are international friendly.

    Cons

    Regarding the rules of graduate housing stay for the employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee (Scholars) can be allowed to stay in graduate housing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. UK RA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    work is easy, everything's pretty good

    Cons

    no really cons, everything's pretty good

  10. Excellent TA environment

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time (less than a 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
  11. Great position, awful department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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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