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Eastern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated June 22, 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. "Can be a laid back, fun culture--unless you're a minority--but can lead to a lot of drama"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University part-time

    Pros

    Laid back, fun (see exceptions)

    Cons

    LOTS of drama.
    Also a LOT of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. If you're any kind of minority (and I'm including liberals in this group) you will most likely be miserable. I can't tell you the number of racist and sexist comments I've had to endure during my employment.
    If you're a hard-core conservative, white, male and love to dehumanize anyone who isn't just like you--you will fit right in. If not...STAY AWAY.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know...maybe fire people who create a hostile environment instead of just standing around a listening to them and pretending you don't hear their comments? Take complaints seriously?
    Stop hiring jerks who think it's "funny," appropriate, or professional to constantly make other workers and students uncomfortable?


  2. "Plantation-Style Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastern Kentucky University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the faculty and some of the staff are dedicated and competent.

    Cons

    Administration does whatever it wants, whenever it wants. Some units are privileged with new offices and thousands off dollars in perks, while others share offices in converted dorms and use hand-me-down technology. Don't try pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. They have been sued multiple times for failing to follow their own stated policies and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all academic units the same and don't privilege one over another.

  3. "Administration is not interested in faculty, staff, or education"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Berea, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Berea, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have no positive comments except the students are friendly and most of the lower level staff and faculty.

    Cons

    Administration has little knowledge about what it means to be an education institution and less concern about faculty, staff, or students. Faculty and staff have not had a pay raise in two years and we are not taking another pay cut, even though we are already among the lowest paid institutions in the commonwealth, unless you are the University President or Vice Presidents.


  4. "Decent place to start out at"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked as an Administrative Assistant for several different departments for about half a year while I was a student there. The work was not hard, and they were always very generous if you needed time off and didn't really care if you took long lunch breaks or ate at your desk or even surfed Facebook/texted/etc. while you were on the clock

    Cons

    Some of my co-workers were very toxic (gossipy, loud, constantly fighting over who gets to tell me what to do--which was very confusing and stressful!) which is why I ultimately left, that and the pay was just minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Please make it clear who is in charge of who, and make sure that the person you put in charge of new employees can actually teach others how to do their job.


  5. "good job if you are going to school"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Technology in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they will pay your tuition

    Cons

    you have to pay for parking, the university never has money for the little people, and also doesn't have time for any of their ideas

    Advice to Management

    maybe try teams instead of hierarchical style management


  6. "Steadily stripping away"

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    Current Employee - AA1, Building Supervisor, Safety Coordinator in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - AA1, Building Supervisor, Safety Coordinator in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, no dress code

    Cons

    Budget cuts, two raises in 12 years with an increase in healthcare costs that exceed raises, staff is overworked

    Advice to Management

    If you keep taking from the staff, you will soon have no staff left.


  7. "Abruptly terminated"

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

    Pros

    At the time good benifits and working conditions. Excellent rapport with supervisor and career advancement.

    Cons

    Involuntary separation procedure was extremely shady, no explanation to me or supervisor. Supervisor was not consulted prior to separation.

  8. "assistant professor of finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    new building, close to a city.

    Cons

    is not fair to some employees


  9. "Student Employee"

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    Current Employee - Physics Tutor in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Physics Tutor in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastern Kentucky University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, convenient location, easy work

    Cons

    Low salary, poor benefits, occasional bad management


  10. "EKU is a great place if you like a small town environment and workplace."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you are from the community, it is extremely convenient. Chances are, you will know a lot of people there, and if not you will grow to know people and not be displeased. Working at EKU was like a big family, seems like we all know each other and that's about a great a working environment as you could want.

    Cons

    The only one I can really think of is the fact that some of the older people in management might need to move on. Seems like a lot of tools end up in charge and things can go from great to lame pretty quick. Sometimes it's bad enough that you stop to wonder how they even got that far, but it's not super bad as I did enjoy my time there.

    Advice to Management

    Some people really need to be evaluated for effective leadership skills. Others really need their work looked at, it seems like there is a lot of glaring errors and they go unnoticed.


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