University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Too big to guarantee for fair treatment for all employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Kentucky

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Very good work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  3. Great place to work

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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  5. postdoctoral scholar

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their company rules are international friendly.

    Cons

    Regarding the rules of graduate housing stay for the employee

    Advice to Management

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

  6. 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 a year)

    Pros

    work is easy, everything's pretty good

    Cons

    no really cons, everything's pretty good

  7. 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)

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

    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.

  8. Great position, awful department

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Typical graduate student grunt

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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.

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. 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)

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

    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.

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