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We're a Great College to Work For

The University of Kentucky is a great college to work for, according to a 2020 survey conducted by Modern Think. For the third consecutive year, the university has been recognized by the research and consulting leader in the work environment.

While UK has ranked in previous years on the list, this year marks the first time it has ever achieved Honor Roll status, recognized for creating an exceptional work environment in eight total categories:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Facilities, Workspace & Security
  • Respect & Appreciation
  • Teaching Environment (Faculty Only)
  • Tenure Clarity & Process (Faculty Only)
  • Work/Life Balance

See a summary of our survey results

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captures employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition is the employee feedback.

Hear from our employees

Below is a sample of feedback our employees provided on the Great College to Work For survey.

Collaborative Governance

"The collaboration across administrative units to truly outstanding here. Our faculty work regularly and effectively with others from all across campus."

Compensation & Benefits

"I appreciate the benefit package. As I make plans for retirement, I appreciate all that UK has to offer starting with a retirement office all the way to post retirement!"

Confidence in Senior Leadership

"President Capilouto has done an amazing job in creating what I personally view as the best environment anyone could ever ask for in both as a work place and in institution of learning. He means what he says and he cares deeply. You can't fake what he shows. He has also hired talent that have the same values. All his direct reports and their direct reports are phenomenal. That trickle down effect is now prevalent all over campus. We trust our administration and know that they have our best interest in mind and we have theirs. This is such a wonderful place."

Facilities, Workspace & Security

"Having worked at another university, I see here, at the University of Kentucky, that there is a supportive environment for success--whether it be provision of facilities, resources, etc. There's infrastructure in place to encourage you to succeed. There are caring people who want you to do well. What I appreciate most is that University of Kentucky invests in their employees. We have updated buildings, access to equipment, and just an overall support system to succeed."

Respect & Appreciation

"The faculty and senior staff in our department are unprecedented. They are leaders and role models in every sense. I feel appreciated and listened to by senior staff. I love my position within an organization that is on the front lines of change. It makes me very hopeful for our future."

Teaching Environment

"I believe strongly in the mission of UK, to promote teaching, research and service for the betterment of our community, state, country and world. I'm proud to contribute to that."

Work/Life Balance

"Outside of the great benefits that are offered here, I appreciate all the programs that are offered for physical, mental and emotional health. I like how the institution can see that there are other factors outside of work that they are able to help us with."