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University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • low pay, training received, room to advance in some depts (in 15 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Very nice people and very good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Time is flexible, working at UK is fun and I learned a lot from my colleagues.

    Cons

    Payment is enough but not very high


  2. "Good university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location and convenient neighborhood

    Cons

    Far from big cities and not very open

    Advice to Management

    More open to international students


  3. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly staffs, gained good experience and got paid on time

    Cons

    Salary is low comparing to other departments.


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  5. "Undergrad Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Kentucky part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, great people to work with

    Cons

    It was only an internship and not a full time job

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do


  6. "Communications Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including tuition reimbursement. Overall, people care about their work and making a difference.

    Cons

    Transparency and alignment could be stronger. There is lots of opportunity to streamline processes and avoid duplication of efforts but work is often siloed. Strict hierarchy and lack of big-picture thinking. There is a general sense of distrust in the culture.


  7. "Staff Member for 5 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The City:
    Lexington Kentucky is a beautiful city and has a rich history and culture, I say this because it really is one of the perks of working at this University. The university is a large part of the city as well as the region and is regarded highly as an employer.

    The Career:
    As a staff member in academic administration we have a wealth of resources for professional development, training opportunities, and can even take up to 18 semester hours of undergraduate/graduate/professional course work for FREE each academic year.

    Compensation:
    The salary usually isn't the highest in any particular field for the area (you can actually query exact salaries for positions in various databases, google), but the benefits of the university are fantastic 200% match up to 5% in our 403b, Insurance plans are reasonable and the medical center is conveniently located on the south side of campus.

    The University:
    Beautiful campus and a multitude of opportunities to advance your career. Similar positions span across various colleges, departments, and units and upward mobility is fairly easy and steady. Teams are generally motivated and really care about the work we do for education, research, and service. Faculty, staff, and students share in acknowledgements of accomplishment in success.

    Cons

    PARKING:
    For the love of God, please bike or take public transportation to campus. If you do drive, give yourself a 20 minute buffer to walk/shuttle from the perimeter of campus (most likely Commonwealth Stadium). If you want to park close to your workplace during regular business hours you may get extremely lucky while circling various parking lots like a vulture for an unreasonable amount of time.

    Education and Expectation:
    I'm not sure the best wording for this one, but being a institute of higher learning there is a culture of valuing advanced degrees. The university makes it easy to take courses and complete these which is great, but if you have no desire for a Master's level or Doctoral degree, career advancement opportunities could be slow or limited in certain areas.

    Higher Ed for Outsiders:
    Public Higher Education can be an extreme culture shift for those coming from private sector jobs. It's not uncommon to hear "the UK Way" in jest as well as sincerity. Because we have to comply with Federal and State Regulations, maintain Accreditation, comply with specific requirements for Grants/Funding... it can be a bit overwhelming for policy and practice. Changes can propagate at a snails pace or lightning fast. The Kentucky General Assembly as well as the Executive branch can be a blessing or a blight depending on the political climate and if higher ed is in their cross-hair.


  8. "Business Outreach"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior level administration is very engaged in working to bring the campus buildings and residence halls to a modern level. Strong school spirit amongst faculty, students and staff.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, although much better than most in the area - not good when compared to peer institutions. Sometimes feels as if too much focus is on the health sciences and the rest of the university is second fiddle.

    Advice to Management

    Put a plan in place to better compensate the staff and faculty who make it all work for students to succeed.


  9. "PhD Candidate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time

    Pros

    UK offers a variety of career development courses through human resources

    Cons

    Employees are required to pay to park. Parking is miserable.


  10. "Outstanding Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Benefits Team Lead in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Benefits Team Lead in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best benefits I've ever had! 200% retirement contribution match. PTO.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other places in the industry. Raises are fairly low


  11. "Student Worker at the University of KY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Kentucky part-time

    Pros

    Great pay and flexibility with schedule.

    Cons

    Parking was hard to find daily and should've been reserved for all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider parking situation for all employees



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