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University of Kentucky Reviews

Updated August 10, 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. "Database Analyst at UK"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Data Analyst 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

    Good benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Promotions, positions, and raises are based more on years of experience and degree vs productivity. It's great for job security, but not great for the young and ambitious.


  2. "Administrator"

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

    I worked at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    retirement plan is awesome, benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    parking, HR issues, parking, parking

  3. "easy college job for math majors"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, standard hours. lots of pizza

    Cons

    occasional night shifts during finals


  4. "Great Benefits"

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

    I have been working at University of Kentucky full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and working environment

    Cons

    Hard to advance and raises are small


  5. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    i worked with a great group of highly competent co-workers; friendly to opposing views

    Cons

    it was slow going trying to get new projects and processes in place

    Advice to Management

    upper management needs to pay attention to the inattentiveness and somewhat incompetency of middle management


  6. "Terrific benefits, mediocre leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great such as insurance and lots of paid vacation time

    Cons

    Leadership was in massive transition, and organization didn't realize if it was coming or going. Some poor decisions were made in transition.


  7. "UK Phonathon Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Kentucky part-time

    Pros

    Good work environment. Boss treats it like an actual job.

    Cons

    Set shift schedule unlike callers.

  8. "Job Security Comes Into Question"

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    Former Employee - Customer Relations Associate in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Associate in Lexington, KY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job was pretty laid back and had a good amount of downtime. If you lik talking to people, it is definitely a good job to have.

    Cons

    -Management is pretty much non-existent.

    -Co-workers determine your job security. You could do nearly everything right and because of not satisfying co-workers, you can be terminated.

    -Pay starts low, unless you can show you have significant customer service experience; although, shift differential is a plus and weekend pay on any hour after 3.30 p.m. working at 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. shift

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time to be more transparent between a new hire and co-workers. Address both sides of the situation. Telling a new hire that they did something wrong or "people were saying things about you", but not with whom so it cannot be addressed; does not really help productivity. Co-workers should never decide the fate, as they have no idea how to manage.


  9. "OR staff"

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    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

    benefits, 401k, free tuition

    Cons

    low pay, training received, room to advance in some depts


  10. "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.


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