Daktronics Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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Daktronics CEO Reece A. Kurtenbach
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Pros
  • Great People, healthy work environment, people want to do well, enormous amount of trust (good people do good things) (in 6 reviews)

  • Friendly people and employee friendly management (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no advancement, and employees are not people they are just a number (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to appreciate the entry level managers (crew leaders) more and compensate them better (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Minimum Pay, Minimum Return

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good local community supporter, convenient.

    Cons

    Absolutely outrageously low paying. Human Resource department does whatever they want, whenever they want. Very gossipy office culture, numerous adulterous in-office relationships. Low grade benefits package. Definitely a last resort employer.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild your entire HR and personnel department.


  2. One of the worst employment experiences ever!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Assembly in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - General Assembly in Redwood Falls, MN

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Startup of the Redwood Falls facility was wonderful.

    Cons

    This all soon changed when micromanagement set in. There was much favoritism and employee abuse going on. This facility has the worst planning and scheduling I have seen in all of my working years. Work hours/days changed several times a day/week and with no notice to the employees who were to follow these schedules. In the few years they have been in Redwood Falls, MN they have made a very bad reputation for themselves. I would not recommend this employer to anyone who enjoys their basic human rights, safety, or wants a position with the potential for advancement. Higher management has no clue how lower management is treating employees and needs to wake up to what is really going on.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how the leads are treating people. They are not nice or even cordial many times. When an employee asks a question it is not okay to scream at them until they leave crying. This happened far too often when I was there. People in management positions (leads) should know how to do the jobs in the area before they tell others the "best" way to preform the job.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Worst Manufacturing Company in the Midwest

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros to this company.

    Cons

    Training is a bare minimum.
    Benefits (health care, time off, etc) are terrible.
    Management does not listen to their employees.
    Pay is the lowest for manufacturing in Brookings, SD.
    Most of the employees are on drugs (no drug testing).
    They don't pay attention to quality.
    HR consistently dismisses all sexual harassment cases.
    Men are treated better than women.
    They consistently place inadequate people in management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. Stop taking away benefits. Raise pay to something more competitive with the other companies. Drug test.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Daktronics treats people like machines and they enjoy having a lot of turnover out on the floor.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Daktronics has very good benefits and there are a lot of interesting people that work there, but it is still a depressing place because these nice people are all paid low and not given enough recognition, so the morale is always low out on the floor.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to appreciate the entry level managers (crew leaders) more and compensate them better. They are the ones driving morale and efficiency on the production line. They are held to a high standard when it comes to policies, but they are only paid .75 more than an assembly worker.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to appreciate the entry level managers (crew leaders) more and compensate them better. They are the ones driving morale and efficiency on the production line. They are held to a high standard when it comes to policies, but they are only paid .75 more than an assembly worker.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Company is ran by engineers with no business sense.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A pay check but you will probably need a second job to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Low pay, no advancement, and employees are not people they are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap your HR department and hire some managers that are not engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lost Their Way

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people that work in front line positions at the company, interesting industry, and a useful learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Largely disorganized management and customer service, lack of ethics, arrogant leadership with no regard for others, be they customers, shareholders, or employees. Inadequate and unequal pay for like work, terrible Human Resources and customer service departments. Lack of consistency.

    Advice to Management

    That new-school management style looks terrible on you, as a company. It will take many years for the company to recover from the damage you're doing to Daktronics. Take a hard look at yourselves, recent changes in policies and procedures (or lack of observance of said policies), and accept that your loss of customer base is due to your own failures. You can't keep blaming your losses on your competitors' success, when it's you who've lost your way.


  8. Helpful (3)

    steer clear of here

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    +nice community
    +friendly labor force
    +clean,well maintained facility
    +convenient location on interstate
    +exciting,interesting product
    +well known in its industry

    Cons

    -lacking in ethics and morals
    -labor force treated extremely poorly
    -wage not even close to local cost of living
    -HR dept disorganized,and inefficient-too many personal agendas
    -middle and upper mgmt could care less about the labor force
    -no advancement opportunities for labor force
    -way too many people sitting in offices with no apparent function
    -no longer the area's top employer for labor due to the poor treatment of the workforce
    -if you dont have a college degree or are not enrolled in the local college,you're expendable
    -no family involvement allowed-no company gatherings for families at all
    -very low,if any,raises or incentives
    -corporate greed is management's only driving force
    -labor force is required to do the engineering function,so the engineering staff can claim the reward
    -the least qualified people are put in charge of production functions,at a company loss
    -first line supervision is very ineffective,and overstaffed
    -management at all levels is very arrogant,and detattched from the workforce
    -most administrative errors are taken out on the labor force
    -no managerial accountability at all-the labor force is always guilty
    -the most experienced laborers are dismissed to make room so interning students can have a desk
    -original core values have been totally abandoned

    Advice to Management

    there used to be a waiting list of people trying to get into daktronics,not so long ago.but now they are just a building full of laborers waiting for thier next job to call them with an offer.this is sad,because there is so much potential there that management refuses to agknowledge.I know that the founders did not intend this to be the case.your company has failed its community,and has become the laughing stock of the workforce.workers around your area are talking to each other about it .with the upcoming industrial growth in the area happening,do you really think you'll be able to stay? no matter how much money you throw at this upcoming dilema,you will soon find out that you cant buy loyalty.maybe you should give in to a hostile takeover so your entire management can be replaced with a competent one


  9. Helpful (3)

    I had worked at Daktronics for 5 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Edge-cutting software and good computers
    Flexible work hours if work as student

    Cons

    One of the worst companies I have worked for. The headquarters are located in Brookings, SD which is a very cold, small college town. The site for the headquarters is probably purposely selected by a big engineering college where no other engineer jobs are available. As a student you are exploited at Daktronics doing work of full-time engineer for $8 per hour without any benefits or bonuses. During school you will be working 20 hours and during summer you will be forced to work 40 hours and will be pushed really hard. 80% of work at Daktronics is done by students. You will be always told how good you work and how they want you but at the same time you will be jokily reminded that you are a student and will continue working as a slave for nothing. There is a lot of red tape at Daktronics. All your activities are constantly monitored to make sure that you work all the time and don't check you email. Your supervisor will be breathing behind you often to make sure you work really hard. Also by some reason you don't like to tell you that you by law allowed to take two 15 minutes paid breaks. If you ask them if you are allowed to take those breaks, they will say that you work on computer in a relaxed environment, so you kind of don't need those.

    When you are about to graduate the following will happen: if they don't want you, they will not offer you job saying something like they have no positions available. If you worked really hard reminding often how you love them, they will give you an offer with a laughable salary. Even after working really hard for them for 5 years, to a software engineer, going 5 years to university and studying really hard, they may offer salary lower than a truck driver makes in SD. Many people leave the company as soon as they graduate. There are few who decided to stay and later on, 8 years later, they quit barely making $50K for hard engineering work.

    My personal experience with the company wasn't good. When I just started I was really happy to do software engineering and I was getting lots of experience. After a while when you get experience working there is hell. You know you are doing really skilled high paying work but you get paid really really low. You also get really stressed at some times. After the graduation I rejected the offer from Daktronics and got an offer from a different company that I never worked for before. The new company offered me 2.5 more than what Daktronics offered after 5 years of hard work, plus amazing benefits and bonuses. Working here comparing to Daktronics is like in paradise.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.



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