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University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  • Low pay as a Research Technician with a B (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. "Take Better Care of Graduate Students!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cost of living is pretty low in Lexington

    Cons

    If you're not paid well, then it doesn't matter how low cost of living is. Graduate student salaries are ridiculously low with the lowest salary being around $10,000 for students in entomology. The only graduate students receiving somewhat fair pay are in the hard sciences like Biology. Many graduate students are living along the poverty line if not in poverty already. Graduate students sometimes lose their funding because funding is not always guaranteed for the duration of their studies. Many graduate students complain of being overworked and underpaid. Race/racism is an issue and graduate students of color had to push the administration last year to address it. New graduate housing is well beyond what students can afford and their salaries are not being increased.

    Advice to Management

    Make graduate education (which includes fair pay, fair work hours, health/dental/vision benefits, research, and professional development) an actual PRIORITY. Stop this nonsensical romanticization of poverty being part of the graduate experience. The university depends on graduate students to teach courses that they don't want to hire full-time staff for. The least UK can do is provide more incentives. Students are people, not machines.


  2. "Surgical Dental Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Paid Holidays, and Sick time

    Cons

    Poor Supervision, and management sucks!!!! Way Over worked. and Underpaid!!!

    Advice to Management

    Hire People with experience and knowledge when trying to build something. Can't build a house on sand, it will sink !!!!

  3. "Not Driving for them"

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

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only good is the benefits ,Paid and the match 401 k
    Sick days benefits ,Over time when available
    ...

    Cons

    Micromanaging everyone. They watch for you all the time and will let you go for anything. You will need to paid them to park your car to work !! Really?

    Advice to Management

    Check the one that manage the drivers


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Network Support"

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    Former Employee - Computer and Network Services in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Computer and Network Services in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the university has Good benefits

    Cons

    the university is Highly political


  5. Helpful (3)

    "difficult place to work, unqualified supervisors hire their friends"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good retirement plan, decent benefits

    Cons

    need to find ways to cope with many injustices

    Advice to Management

    they don't even care to know or improve


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Student and Employee"

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

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. Retirement benefits are especially generous. They have a flex spending account, as well as decent co-pays for office visits.

    Cons

    It's all about appearances. They like big posters with achievements on them, but the actual behind the scenes action involves 50% lazy employees who know how to game the system and 50% employees who make up for the other group...until they get tired of working for peanuts while someone else doesn't have to work to get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Consider listening to your employees. Pay them a decent wage instead of spending money on commercials and pretty posters.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good ole' boy network"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UK has a good benefits package available for employees.

    Cons

    We were never offered the chance to submit feedback on our immediate supervisors. When these concerns, and others, were brought to the associate dean, we were brushed aside as inconsequential. Very disappointed in the college's ability to look beyond merely getting instructors in classrooms and toward the potential for sustaining the growth of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities for Lecturers to feel like they contribute to the university and are continuing individual professional development, instead of just relying on us to bring in revenue.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Director of student affairs at the university."

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

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

    Pros

    The good things were the location, benefits, UK pride, and salary

    Cons

    Micromanagement of employees turn many away. Overworked and low in value

    Advice to Management

    Build the culture and productivity will rise. Invest in diversity, it will bring creative ideas to the university.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing administration"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Faculty in Lexington, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty, residents and students in general.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency particularly in the College of Medicine. It is still a "Good ol' boy network".

    Advice to Management

    The UK President should be more attentive to the administration of College of Medicine.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Politics and who you know can win over competence and excellence"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and committed staff members.

    Cons

    The medical school and basketball program/sports rule the campus.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people for the wrong reasons. Hire people who are competent and committed.


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