Daktronics

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Daktronics Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
79 Reviews
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Daktronics President, CEO, and Director Jim Morgan
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52 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly supportive work environment with support and encouragement for personal development and education (in 6 reviews)

  • Very friendly people to work with (in 3 reviews)


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

  • Low pay unless you are in with upper management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Redwood Falls, MN

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

    Pros

    Some benefits are good if you can afford them.

    Cons

    Worked the night shift in Redwood Falls. If there was any job movement people from the previous company before Daktronics acquired them seem to get all the job growth. Your experience is not taken into consideration. They try to keep everyone you work with on a even playing field holding the people with more to offer from gaining any job advancement. Way to many people who are related working there. Micromanaged. Supervisors have no idea what there employees are capable of as far as job skills. If you don't agree with how they are doing things and bring up ideas on how to improve they tell you they have it all figured out and wont listen to you. If you know more then your coworkers they will vindicate you to management so you cant get a head of them in job placement. The work life balance is terrible. The shift that has the worse hours is the one that always has to work extra overtime which means you have no family or personal life. Some shifts never put in more then thirty six hours a week while most others are working fifty plus. Night shift Supervisor comes and goes as she pleases and is gone for hours at a time. I could go on but I am sure you get my point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch what goes on in Redwood Falls more closely. You have big moral problems among the workers because of how they get treated by management. No trust in upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only for people who don't know any better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Great product; really cool to see product up and running. If you have never worked anywhere else this company appears to be great

    Cons

    Complete lack of ETHICS! They abuse interns by treating them like delivery people, would be amazed if the interns actually learn anything. Low pay unless you are in with upper management. I brought up a "conflict of interest" and was fired soon afterwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a CEO in who did not grow up in this broken system!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    LABORERS, Stay Clear from Daktronics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are always hiring in Redwood Falls, MN. It's not to difficult to get a laborer position. They will take anyone, literally.

    Cons

    The pay is digustingly low for the laborer, especially for those who don't even have a GED. Daktronics will pay the same hourly rate for the laborer who has an extensive education versus no education. They struggle to help those financially who want to pursue an education and work at different locations wherever the company exists in America. The education program they offer will be reimbursed if you continue to work for them, but it takes them FOREVER to pay it back to you.
    How is that possible?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Day Shift Management in the Final Department: Don't take comments personally. Your excessive actions on those when one or many voice their comments strongly is not necessary. You tend to look into peoples comments too deeply.

    Night Shift Management: Keep on doing what is necessary to be successful. If you can figure out a way to provide a better pay for the highly educated individual(s) versus experience then congratulations. At least you are willing to explore that area versus the Day Time Shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Learn real world experiences with opportunities to be mentored by front-line employees
    - Always encouraging learning
    - Student incentives for applicable classes
    - Flexible work schedule (depending on the position)
    - Variability in work assignments, ability to apply internally for different positions
    - Global company (travelling possible)
    - High visibility of products

    Cons

    - Pay lower than average
    - After making money hand over fist, they continue to struggle since the downturn
    - Coaching out(passive or active) is more likely for current employees that need mentoring
    - Few leadership opportunities because of stagnant growth
    - Many aspects of culture are unprofessional (HR doesn't help either)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management/HR needs to connect more with employees - there is an impression of rule by fear. You aren't immune to mistakes yourselves, be willing to be vulnerable. Show a bit more love to your employees than investors for a time - both will thank you, one over time. Don't delegate employee recognition - make it personal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Machine Operator

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Steady hours, farmed out to other sections if no work

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring, low pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unfocused leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Having our products installed in NFL, MLB, NBA, and other professional sports stadiums is fun to see. Production management seems to know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Support management seems lost. Random and always-changing goals make non-manufacturing productivity difficult to accomplish. Employees that didn't attend SDSU (the local college) are largely ignored in their improvement recommendations and advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge that there are more colleges in this country than SDSU that produce viable candiates for employment beyond entry level work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Below average

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

    I worked at Daktronics

    Pros

    + good facilities and good equipment
    + close to the town
    + good products
    + ability to work with latest software

    Cons

    - below average salaries
    - unfriendly teams (the company is big but my specific team was messed up)
    - horrible management
    - benefits (if compared to different companies from other states)
    - some management got there positions because they have relatives in upper management and they have no clue what they are doing
    - when you are at work anything you touch is their property and you can use it only for work purposes. they constantly monitor your phone calls, internet traffic and what you do every minute.
    - overall the place was shady and management was creating fake impression how they care about people. really happy with my new job and would not recommend a friend working at daktronics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - give more freedom to engineers
    - focus on creating friendly atmosphere
    - appreciate the work of your employees
    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It could be so much better

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    Former Employee - Installer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Installer in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics

    Pros

    For the record, I was an installer, not based in Brookings. The product is exceptional, when it is working correctly. I liked the job, but unfortunately the cons outweighed the pros, at least for me.

    Cons

    Hours and pay. Expectations is that you can/will work as long as it takes to get the job done, regardless. Due to turnover, it is difficult to find any consistancy and/or develop any true working relationships with people. Also, there tends to be some arrogance of some when questioned about technology for whatever reason-"just do it because I said so" is not generally an acceptable response. Still has small time mentality in reagrds to location and business attitude, despite it being a global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, truly listen. The sign of a great company and great leadership is its ability to listen to its employees (andbe genuine about it). Since company is growing and are hiring people that have other experiences that can provide other insights and observations that could contribute significantly to a better company and environment. By not doing so, you risk becoming second best. The "Brookings" family does not have all the answers, and to think it does is not only arrogant, it is ignorant and shows that the leadership is not as progressive as it thinks it is.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, solid technology, good work-life balance for those who are living in the Brookings community, smart employees and good visibility of products in marketplace.

    Cons

    There are many good points for this company and I think that they make a great product. Like many organizations that are working through lean turn-arounds as they are seeking operational improvement. Like other new staff, I came in the doors excited and seeking to add value but quickly discouraged as I found a disingenuous and cynical working environment. Unfortunately, information was sometimes shirked or not clearly explained.

    (Disclaimer) I had a poor experience and maybe that is simply unique to me. I would like to state that this company is very siloed; leading to poor communication between departments. In addition, I found the work environment to be a low trust environment often leading to confusion and frustration with technocrats advancing through the corporate structure. As I have heard from others, your fit into this organization might simply depend upon which department you are able to find an opportunity in.

    For new individuals seeking to succeed in this organization, I would suggest on day 1 trying to build alliances with a mentor who can help you with your training to come on-board. Like many engineering organizations, they are heavy in colloquialisms and tribal knowledge of tools with little (if any) explanation or their origin or use.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As I am sure that you may be aware there is opportunities for improvement with many of the tools and resources that you have available. I found using your online learning tools were either a hit or a miss and were often not very user friendly. Making language and instructions user friendly will pay dividends as new users will rely less upon other staff to learn how to do their roles in house.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    been pushing street peeps into technical or engineer position if they favor you

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician

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

    Pros

    they at least pay you

    Cons

    Insourced Engineers feed on the brains of technical employees and students especially out-sourced technicans or tradesmen with independent degrees and when they think they are done with you the attitudes change. Anti-family, follows attrition to the tee, low pay and low raises, poor management and naive filled HR department, with co-workers that conspire against others and their positions and drama runs rampent highly toxic. Best just not talk to anyone when you work there as you must watch your back at all times and protect your arse, highly favorized company and most likely hires people thru employee channels of the employees they favor. Does not know how to implement their culture and managment is paper thin and the pipeline is heavy on micro managment. Daktronics as a company feel is like a bad relationship if you have an outside degree and gives the people the impression they are always going broke and they complain all the time about money to add on top what they will not give you for a raise which is compounded by false accusations, they will seemingly try everything they can to make you look like you are not worthy and dock your raise. They offer no interaction with employees, they used to back in the day, now they just do not care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have Level 3 technical peeps you need to pay them more than a newbie or greenhorn.
    Technology Technicals out of school or trades start now at 18 to 20+ an hour in South Dakota wake up Daktronics can not keep up with standards of living in Sioux Falls and is not competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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