University of Louisville Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey
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Pros
  • They are a very diverse company and have great benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • If you want a career in Higher Education, then UofL is a great place to work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to weigh the small amount of income (but ample free time) with having a full time job (but paying your own tuition (in 3 reviews)

  • No real way to advance career, even if totally qualified (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Louisville, KY

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

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

    Pros

    - The organization is deeply committed to supporting its employees and respects the importance of work/home balance.
    - I worked with exceptionally talented professionals and felt connected to the university community.
    - Outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    - Extreme micro-management within my unit. Under one manager, I felt like I would need to write a justification for needing a paper clip.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expect and demand excellence. Continue to value employees as a critical resource.


  2. Graduate Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Louisville

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice faculty members, the workload varies, but it`s usually little research work from time to time

    Cons

    I have no cons, this was an amazing opportunity for me


  3. Laboratory technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Louisville, KY

    I worked at University of Louisville (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great benefits

    Cons

    Lack of job security because the position is grant funded. They also don't pay too well

    Advice to Management

    Pay increase


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  5. A Great Work Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Louisville, KY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Exciting research opportunities
    - Small company feel within departments
    - State of the art research facilities
    - Beautiful, well-maintained campus
    - Outstanding benefits. I challenge anyone to find something comparable in the private sector. Benefits included paid vacation and sick time, ability to carry up to 8 weeks of accrued vacation time from one fiscal year to the next, health insurance with a wellness program and access to university fitness facilities, 403b retirement account with a 4 to 1 match on employee contributions up to 2.5% (10% employer contribution for 2.5% employee contribution), paid maternity AND paternity leave, up to 6 hours of coursework free per semester per employee, free tuition for children of employees, almost unlimited access to university library facilities, dozens of events for employees and families throughout the year

    Cons

    - Compensation is lower than private sector.
    - Too much middle-management/bureaucracy.
    - Poor job security for employees in soft money (grant funded) positions. This was the main reason I chose to leave my position at UofL. After 7 years of work, I did not feel my job was any more secure than when I began and when a more secure private sector position became available, I took it. Hard money employees fare better with job security. Many have been there 20+ years. If interviewing for position at UofL, be sure to ask whether the position is hard or soft money. I would love to return to UofL but they would have to address the job security concern above all others for me to consider it.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep the wonderful benefits! They really are the best part of working for UofL!
    - Cut back on bureaucracy. The university could likely save a lot time and money and eliminate opportunities for fiscal abuses by cutting out several layers of bureaucracy and middle-persons.
    - Offer opportunities for valued soft money employees to transition to more stable, secure positions after some period of time.


  6. Research Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at University of Louisville full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Positive and fun work atmosphere, young employees, management tries to keep it fun in the office

    Cons

    Low pay, no health insurance, they find a way to cheat you out of it even if you are full-time


  7. Good education in exchange for teaching

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at University of Louisville

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

    Pros

    Relaxed friendly environment, Supportive faculty, challenging classes, reasonable policies

    Cons

    The building was old and had lots of problems. It took a long time for repairs to be made. The IT support was slow.


  8. Part-time lecturer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part-Time Faculty in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Part-Time Faculty in Louisville, KY

    I worked at University of Louisville (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I enjoy teaching so for the most part it was a good job.

    Cons

    Very low pay considering the amount of time you have to work outside the classroom. I taught was a writing requirement course so there were several essay assignments, which takes considerable amount of time to grade.


  9. Educational

    Former Intern - Design Intern in Louisville, KY
    Former Intern - Design Intern in Louisville, KY

    I worked at University of Louisville as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is very friendly and the employees have beed there a long time, they really know what they are doing. It's a positive work place.

    Cons

    No one really likes the high up management.


  10. As a PHD here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Funded PhD Student in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Funded PhD Student in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at University of Louisville full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    university offered scholarship and other benefits, good working environment. small campus and can walk to anywhere. parking lot is enough and close.

    Cons

    main campus in downtown area, safety concerns. police offer ride anytime after school. some areas are under construction and tuitions increases

    Advice to Management

    everything is great. pay more attention and act on the crime issues near the campus. the main campus is developing to the west and south


  11. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Director in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at University of Louisville full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible environment. There is a lot of growth happening at the University which makes for an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    As with any government agency things can be slow.



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