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Eastern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, able to work off-site, and good pay (in 3 reviews)

  • Good people - The hierarchy is pretty approachable and open to new ideas (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • State budget cuts affect university (in 5 reviews)

  • We have not received a cost of living raise in three years due to state shortfalls in the budget (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place if you want good benefits only"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sense of pride in being a Colonel. It's an integral part of Richmond, KY and working there is indeed special.

    Cons

    Eastern does not promote within. It's very political and unless you know someone who knows someone, forget it. Does not matter how hard you work or what you contribute. It would be so much more cost effective to reward the employees that have worked their way up but instead they choose to hire from outside and pay them more? Makes no sense.


  2. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, meaningful work, tuition stipend

    Cons

    not enough jobs to go around and sometimes undeserving people get the jobs

  3. "Federal Work Study Job, Desk Worker"

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    Current Employee - Desk Worker in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Desk Worker in Richmond, KY

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

    Pros

    They work with your class schedule, if you live on campus it makes getting to your job a lot easier, made plenty of friends through this job.

    Cons

    Hard to get a job because most you have to have federal work study to recieve it. Very few hours at min wage because of fed work study.


  4. "Buyer beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Eastern is located in Richmond, Kentucky and still retains that small town feel. For a university campus, parking situation is not too bad. There is mix of campus-based and online degree programs that offer alternatives for students.

    Cons

    Since the board hired a new president about three and a half years ago, the direction and atmosphere of the university has changed. Eastern is operating in a crisis mode and doing everything it can to make money and slash expenses. Starting in 2017, the cost of health insurance and deductibles will increase substantially for most employees. Several programs are on the chopping block and a number of staff jobs may be out-sourced to contract work very soon.

    Any type of salary increase for faculty and staff has been non-existent for years. However, people at the administrative level continue to receive generous increases and their numbers continue to grow. There is also a great disparity between colleges and departments in terms of faculty pay that continues to go unaddressed.

    Morale has been low and continues to grow worse. If the state moves forward with 100% performance based funding next year, expect that there will be significant staff lay-offs. The level of trust between higher level administration, faculty and staff has been eroded to the point it basically does not exist. Everyone is waiting for the next piece of bad news and the environment could not be more toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the people who work for you like the enemy. If cuts or changes need to happen, be honest about what is being done and why. Be willing to listen to the people to can contribute to planning and budgeting.


  5. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great area of the country :(

    Cons

    This is almost middle of nowhere.


  6. "Depends on What you want"

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    Current Employee - Advising in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Advising in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Laidback, so much freedom sometimes it hardly feels like a jobs. Will rarely ever get fired. From what I understand there is more incentive to keep employees than fire them. Lots of time off. If you stick around long enough, make the right friends and are decent you get promoted....If you just need a job to live decently middle class and don't want to put in a lot of effort. This is the place to work.

    Cons

    Lack luster environment. You have a good majority of employees who do not rarely care about taking the university up to new heights such as WKU. Everyone is simply employed to have a job and feed their family. The only time employees people put forth effort to be more than mediocre is when a promotion is in the near future, and some how management always over look the years of nothingness and promote people from the inside instead of looking outside for ambition.
    *Generally low pay as well...But hey a guarantee job so take the good with the bad.

    Advice to Management

    Their is a cultural problem at the university. Yes the university is like a family. Yes everyone is friendly. But the university has a problem with motivating the entire university to make EKU more. It seems as of know a lot of staff use it simply to drain a check and enjoy life outside of work. There needs to be a vision and mission and everyone has to be reminded of it.


  7. "Descent place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with state retirement program. 3+ paid weeks off for Christmas break, fall break, and spring break on top of vacation time.

    Cons

    Not much chance for advancement in my job. Rampant cronyism.

  8. "Interesting environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful staff,friendly small town atmosphere

    Cons

    Can be conservative and snobbish

    Advice to Management

    Continue the process of improving the atmosphere for conducive learning


  9. "I love working at Eastern Kentucky University."

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    Current Employee - Support Service Associate in Corbin, KY
    Current Employee - Support Service Associate in Corbin, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love being able to help people that are having trouble.

    Cons

    They have a buddy system, so it is hard to move up here. I have been here full for almost ten years, and cannot get a better paying job.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a chance, no matter how old they are.


  10. "Conflicted"

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    Current Employee - Senior Office Associate in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Office Associate in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    EKU has provided an educational opportunity to full time employees through staff/faculty tuition waiver program. For the last few years the benefit has been for a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester undergrad and grad level courses. EKU resides in a small/medium size town with a growing sense of community and cultural actives.

    Cons

    Recent initiatives by institutional leadership has left many fearing job loss, a reduction in support departments (faculty/staff resources), and a decrease in the tuition waiver to 6 credit hours per semester. All this comes after several years of salary stand-stills and increases to tuition. Employees who regularly are assigned and undertake duties far beyond his/her job description are not rewarded financially nor shown administrative recognition.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership has taken a turn for the worse. Recent decisions by the board have put strain and uncertainty in the workforce. Employees need to be valued and shown loyalty, not given lip service and dismissed.


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