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Northern Kentucky University Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey S. Mearns
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Pros
  • flexible schedule, easy and stress free job (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, wonderful benefits like free tuition hours, lots of vacation days, excellent insurance, good salary (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No raises over past 3-5 years but benefits remained intact (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, management is pretty terrible (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunity while in school"

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    Former Employee - Student Consultant
    Former Employee - Student Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Exposure to a wide variety of projects
    -Real consulting experience while in school

    Cons

    -I didn't work very much with clients, I only crunched their numbers

    Advice to Management

    Give consultants more opportunity to meet with clients on the front and back end of the process.


  2. "Culture of Respect and Positive Thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Kentucky University full-time

    Pros

    A genuine respect for all and a culture rooted in civility. A university moving from good to great.

    Cons

    Salaries are not comparable to the competition and therefore difficult to recruit & retain talent

    Advice to Management

    While the university has grown very rapidly in size, reliance on individuals as opposed to positions and corporate regulations continues - which is not helping.

  3. "Student AV Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Convenient, decent hours, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Low pay, management is pretty terrible.


  4. "Walk the Talk"

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

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University full-time

    Pros

    Getting the tuition waiver is really great if you're interested in getting a degree.
    When there are "snow days" and the university is closed, the employees get the snow day too,

    Cons

    There is a lot of inequity in the compensation. There are people that are way over the pay grade they are in and others who are barely at the market rate (or 95% of their pay grade). They seem to find the money to hire senior leadership but want to cut a lower level person's hours to save money. They will give someone a $0.25/hour raise and think that they are being generous, but give new senior managers tens of thousands of dollars over the previous person in that position. They talk about equity, but they sure don't walk the talk. They also don't seem to want to develop the people they have, but will look outside to fill key roles.

    Advice to Management

    I've heard someone make this suggestion before, but make salary increases a fixed cost and part of the budget every year. The faculty salary promotions still happen every year even in the years of budget cuts. The staff would like that too.
    You need to start walking the talk. Your actions do not match what you're saying and it makes you look dishonest and of little integrity.


  5. "Personable Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University full-time

    Pros

    Northern Kentucky University is a personable and helpful environment. Each employee is dedicated to educating and bettering the students they encounter.

    Cons

    Class sizes are smaller (Which isn't necessarily a con) but limits the true college experience

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be dedicated and keep the body of students' interest first. Limit the amount of construction on campus during the school year and open up more parking lots.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Very welcoming and good, positive energy on campus.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Highland Heights, KY
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Highland Heights, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northern Kentucky University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great coworkers, managers were nice, relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    I wish they paid employees more. Some of the employees that had been there a really long time said they haven't received a raise in 5+ years.

  8. "Job review"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst II in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Help Desk Analyst II in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly coworkers, good health benefits, free tuition

    Hourly wage is pretty great for starting level HD staff

    Cons

    No bonuses, no room for growth or gain experience. Help desk is literally answer calls and tickets and escalate 90%. It's a glorified password reset position.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity to HD staff to get involved and learn and see room for growth and promotion.


  9. "A Good Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere of comradery among peers, high energy environment, inspiring population to work with, common sense of purpose, great PTO, good benefits.

    Cons

    Inverted organizational pyramid in staff and financial resources

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to reduce the workforce, you'll have to accept a reduction in service. There is a limit to how much more people can do with less.


  10. "Could be so much more"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Highland Heights, Campbell, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working 10 months per year and having 2 months off during the summer as faculty. State retirement, tuition benefit, and vacation time allotted are pros of the faculty position. The people I worked with were delightful.

    Cons

    A bureaucratic mess! The Dean was a horrible and narcissistic and did nothing but criticize faculty. Workload was completely unreasonable. Pay was ridiculously inadequate. My salary increased by 40% when I left and took another faculty position at a different university.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing your faculty and pay them a reasonable salary. I enjoyed my job, but university administration was woefully inadequate in terms of leadership and mentoring. Put students first.


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