Louisiana Tech University Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau
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Pros
  • Wonderful place to work, friendly people and great team-work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • You'll work under one of your professors, so provided that relationship is healthy, you'll have an excellent boss (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no cons, very good, nice place (in 5 reviews)

  • Due to state budget issues salaries have been stagnant for about five years (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small town atmosphere, good inter departmental collaboration.

    Cons

    Not too many industry tie ups


  2. Beware of recent budget cuts

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Campus is small and people are friendly in general, as in ready to strike a conversation with you any time. The cost of living is low around the campus too.

    Cons

    Because of past and recent (and also on-going) budget cuts, they have been cutting funding/pay for all graduate students, both masters and PhDs.
    Now, offering them a low funding is one thing but what started happening was that they would recruit grad students on the promise of full assistantship when in fact the college is going to fund them for only ONE YEAR and then it'll be up to the student's professor/advisor to pay the student with his or her grant money thereafter. Not all professors at Tech are even aware of it so they hire students thinking the college will fund them and end up having to let them go to other labs or even transfer to other schools.

    Advice to Management

    These are the dark days with higher education budget cuts in Louisiana but be honest about the pay when you recruit graduate students.


  3. Good working experience

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

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is an opportunity of having good career research.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons working at this place.


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  5. Good environment, great people, state higher education budget is awful, and the technology infrastructure is unusable.

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    Current Intern - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA
    Current Intern - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the program is great (at least Engineering/Science and Business are), new companies are coming in to work with professors and students, and by all accounts the university is growing and improving.

    Cons

    1) It's in Ruston, LA. which is a small town in the South.
    2) Any online system is ancient, unreliable, and borderline unmaintained.

    Advice to Management

    Start a campaign to increase state higher education spending; update your technology.


  6. For Tech to be a University, they're extremely inefficient.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are great co-workers and bosses, they are relaxed and generally very friendly. Everyone gives the feeling of Southern hospitality.

    Cons

    The University uses outdated and inefficient methods of communicating, is not exactly environmentally friendly, there are very few opportunities for advancement and Tech lacks diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are often over worked and underpaid. Consider the work load you are putting on employees without additional compensation. At times it can be unnecessary.


  7. Good opportunity

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

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly pleasant people, nice working environment. Provides good experience and perks.

    Cons

    Working for the university can be tedious with lots of red tape and hoops to jump through. Limits on advancement.


  8. Nice place to do research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice people, good environment, trianing, culture, weather

    Cons

    Low pay, no cons, very good, nice place

    Advice to Management

    Good research done here


  9. Okay for education and getting an assistantship is really difficult

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of education is good. Cost of education is low compared to other universities. Faculty are good, knowledgeable, and friendly.

    Cons

    The University really needs funding. Paid low compensation during my graduate studies and it is barely sufficient for living. There is no increment in pay for last several years too.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Work at LA Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours in order to spend time with family

    Cons

    Pay scale is terrible and not equal to your experience and/or duties assigned

    Advice to Management

    A person should be paid accordingly with their experience and skills.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, but the State is leading the charge to the bottom in continual slashing of budgets.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University 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

    Most folk are here because they feel called to teach.

    Cons

    Admins mouth "we are family" while finding ways to cut people without technically firing them (so they can say they didn't fire people). Budgets are murder - we rank at the bottom in the nation for pay, and not only is pay very low with no raises for 6 years, but operating budgets are cut so that we have to buy supplies from our own pockets. One colleague is thinking of applying for food stamps. Most of us have cut back on phone, cable, whatever we can. And still no raises. Work loads increase; more students per class, more paperwork (as administrative assistant positions are not filled). Overloads pay less now than in the past. Morale is low and continually getting lower. Though upper management are some of the highest paid public workers in the state. The inequality gap is increasing to an unsustainable level.

    Advice to Management

    One time budget outlays for building while operating budgets continually cut and no raises - how about bonuses for the rank and file?



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