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  • Low pay as a Research Technician with a B (in 18 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Medical Technologist in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Medical Technologist in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None. Terrible place to work

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Microbiology lab is awful with terrible management


  2. "Run!"

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    Former Employee - Research in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Research in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Insurance options are good
    Coworkers were nice
    updated facility

    Cons

    Lied to about pretty much every aspect of the job
    Poor leadership
    Less than NIH guidelines salary
    No publications

  3. "Assistant Director"

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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 University of Kentucky full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ability to make significant program and student impact

    Cons

    Division head micromanages employees and is intrusive, which makes for an unpleasant working experience. The pay for responsibilities is low and you are taxed for everything in Lexington. Cost of living isn't reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Really work to appreciate diversity and teach employees about bias and racism because it it is very much so real on campus.


  4. "Better to look the other way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    If you are on a position that is Director and above, salary is good for living in the Lexington area.

    Cons

    Don't try to meet or exceed expectations. If you are too competent and actually implement any program to fix any problems, you will be labeled as someone who is not 'playing along' and incompetent VP who had ignored or hidden the problems for a long time will make up stories to get rid of you so to not be exposed of their incompetency.

    Advice to Management

    Many senior positions (Provost, VPs) have been turned now but for a while, there were lots of good people who were actually trying to make this place better but VPs who feared their long accrued incompetencies will be exposed made up stories to get rid of them. Management should look at the data and facts, not blindly believing what some of the VPs and AVPs are saying.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "An awful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UK has a nice campus, some dedicated students, some conscientious faculty, some helpful staff, some satisfactory teaching facilities, and a good library..

    Cons

    Too many bad apples in this barrel: administrators who operate with neither transparency nor accountability, who don't really care about excellence in teaching, research or service to the Commonwealth, but do care about their extravagantly inflated salaries and rewarding their privileged coteries.

    Advice to Management

    UK will never be a respected university as long as it is shackled by an administrative autocracy with no real commitment to academic ideals or to safeguarding the rights of its employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor, Electro Physiologist
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor, Electro Physiologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Good health benefits, lax schedule

    Cons

    Poor management - no feedback loops. Works on rumors. Kiss up, kick down rule governs

    Advice to Management

    Get serious continuous feedback on academic and bureauxcratic management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Auxiliary Services - Administrative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Actually graduated from COE, and had a pretty great education. Basketball team is awesome.

    Cons

    Pay is 'way' below industry standard. Management is complacent, immune to change, and mostly comprised of individuals who've worked there for 10-20 years. You'll get a 2% raise every year regardless of your performance review. Those who under-excel are actually promoted to various departments to avoid conflict. They'll sit there till forced-retirement. Most executive maneuvers are stubbornly inefficient, and the bureaucratic red-tape is the worst I've ever seen. I've never had to jump through so many hoops just to get simple tasks done such as approval for inventory orders (3 weeks), or submitting corrections for spelling mistakes on departmental website (not even my job, but I noticed...2 weeks). If you can imagine a 90's sitcom portrayal of the DMV...you've got the picture. Academic faculty, on the other hand, is great. Law Department seems to be on top of their game as well. I was in engineering, and it was literally the easiest job of my life. Learned absolutely nothing. Thank goodness I got on at Lockheed!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Fire executive management, and promote all middle managers (you know, the younger ones with vision and dedication to university core values) before they transfer departments or leave the university all together. Consolidate your departments, cut fat, and promote performers. I've always been a big fan of integrating more students in to administration for internships...do this, listen to their ideas, and performance will skyrocket. Redesign performance review process because it's completely ineffective as is. Annihilate 'Physical Plant Division', it's literally the cancer of UK. Completely revamp HR, they're literally illiterate. Throw more money at Undergraduate Housing, keep them with UK. Cut Graduate Housing, and give to EDR.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Never again"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With a lot of departments and it's large size, it is easy to move around within the organization. The tuition waiver is a nice bonus.

    Cons

    You have to move around if you want to progress in your career. Management was awful everywhere I worked (a handful of departments over 10 years). There is a real lack of training. Incompetence is common in every department. The benefits are not nearly as good as people outside UK think they are.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century! Offer training and hold management at ALL levels accountable. Communicate with your employees so the rumors don't run rampant.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Some good, some bad aspects"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain lots of experience on a range of health care areas.

    Cons

    The pay, the pay, the pay -- for non-physicians that is. Also, hostile workplace in certain departments. Other places you're treated with respect, except for the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Really take a look at your administrators and how the staff feels about them. Certain divisions are a class-action suit waiting to happen. I worked for one who'd I'd classify as racist, but he also treated most everyone else badly. Really a shame as there are some great managers, they just aren't in charge.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It was bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The grounds were nice, the students mostly friendly, and the town is interesting.

    Cons

    There is little support or training, there is a negative, hostile atmosphere, lower faculty and staff are treated badly, part time employees get no benefits and little pay, discrimination and snobbery of many kinds is rampant but often so covert it can only be felt and not addressed, talking the talk is the only really important thing, parking is a headache every day, insurance is not good, everything is overpriced, and diversity is given mostly lip service in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Shut it down and start over with real people who care about something besides making money or furthering their career at anybody else's expense, please.


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