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KU Endowment Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director of Development in Lawrence, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Development in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KU Endowment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Class organization, great benefits, a willingness to do the right thing for employees

    Cons

    Can be conservative which delays forward movement/change

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KU Endowment full-time

    Pros

    It can provide a work-life balance.
    Friendly employees.
    Great exposure and experience to university and outside stakeholders.
    Laid-back environment.
    Decent benefits.

    Cons

    This is a static and generic organization. Very conservative and hierarchical where there is no room for innovation or growth. Organization lacks in providing transparency about vision and strategy. IT systems and "their way" to do things are extremely archaic. The term "going above and beyond" sounds foreign for several employees, probably because the current environment: 1) no room or support for professional development, 2) no incentives or rewards for high performing and committed employees, 3) high turnover rate, 4) some managers struggle leading.
    Too many internal small committees that adds distraction instead of adding value.

    Advice to Management

    Organization has great potential but they need to stay away from inefficient concepts and walk the talk. Define your culture. Consider investing in effective IT systems and tools. Provide incentives to employees so you retain and hire the best talent (they are your greatest assets). Coach and train effectively your managers. Take good care of your employees and they will take care of you and your donors. Do it now before it's too late.

  3. "Not a good fit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, the people who work here are great and the job itself is great!

    Cons

    Very conservative organization that has no interest in exploring anything new or innovative. Good ole boys club stuck in the dark ages. With the exception of the company president, management cannot be trusted and has no vision, backbone or skill in managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Would offer advice if I thought it would be considered, but it won't be so I won't waste my time, breath or energy.


  4. "Call Center Atmosphere is Negative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pick your own hours is good

    Cons

    Poor leadership - benefits constantly taken away

    Advice to Management

    let us use cell phones/have fun during this dulljob


  5. "Student Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KU Endowment part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good employees, looks very good on a resume

    Cons

    can be very difficult at times


  6. "Challenging but fun"

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    Former Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Student Caller in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KU Endowment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned great interpersonal skills, the company had a great culture with plenty of performance incentives. Had the chance to work with tons of fun people. The shifts work with most class schedules.

    Cons

    Had to work a minimum of 12 hours a week which meant I had to work double shifts on weekends due to my class schedule. Its pretty monotonous calling that many people every day.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much advice I can give other than I wish they could be more flexible with hours. However, I understand why they cannot be.


  7. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Managers, Very upbeat work environment which encourages success. Hours are convenient when classes are during the day. Pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    Hours not convenient if you have night classes or lots of extra work. Hard to secure donations from people who clearly do not want to donate, but you get knocked for this. Extra hours tacket on when goals are not met.

    Advice to Management

    If I had one piece of advice it would be to get the projector working and regularly play something entertaining that will make the 4 hours go by faster. Time seems to move at a snails pace. Also, more breaks? Less oversight

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Really Old people - Good Organization"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Programmer in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KU Endowment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people working here have been employed here for decades. Good facility to work in. Seemingly industry equivalent pay standards. Seemingly Good happy colleagues.

    Cons

    I was surprised to see no new or intermediate employees. Archaic and Old principles of management. Obsolete systems and a promise to move to a newer technology which never materialized. The organization tried to employ me most likely for a short term during the active giving season. Since the Annual giving was to stop, management started to behave strangely. Supervisors since they are old want employees on the premises all the time and do not trust them to complete tasks on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of old Archaic employees, who think they know what they are doing (but don't) and instead employ a smart consulting organization in its place. But it may be that these people work for the organization on a Shoe String, and are good enough to keep the train moving, which is quite understandable.


  9. "Job Review"

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, management was supportive and fair, fast-paced working environment, felt like your job was making a difference, connected with a lot of people, generous break schedules

    Cons

    Have to sell to keep your job. Sometimes your ability to perform is outside of your control. Job could be stressful if you were going through a cold streak.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a little more understanding for employees who may be struggling and know that it just takes a little time to turn things around.


  10. "Call Center"

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    Former Employee - Student Development Associate in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Student Development Associate in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at KU Endowment (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to work around school
    Good pay
    Good experience

    Cons

    Management is a unfair. There is no way to move up to manage unless you are a favorite. Management will steal your ideas and pass them off as their own.


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