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    Great atmosphere - good staff benefits

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than 3 years)


    I like the relaxed atmosphere in my unit, the reasonable demands on our time, the ability to grow in my position. I must admit I am lucky to have a great boss who cares to seek ways to help me grow in my position and teach me the ins and outs of how the administrations works. In addition, the benefits are pretty good - like the number of vacation days.


    Sometimes, when work tasks involve people from different offices, things can go really slow. Also, when the university cancels classes in the winter and faculty, staff and students are told they can leave earlier to get home safe, then staff must actually use vacation days or unpaid time off, if they want to go home. Faculty, on the other hand, are free to cancel class and don't even have to make up the time with the students. This is obviously unfair. Also, staff lunch is not paid, so an 8-hour day means you have to spend 9 hours here. I often see staff hanging out in the break room watching TV long after they are done eating, because they have no incentive to go back to work, since they have to stay until 5pm anyway.

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    Focus on treating staff and lower-level instructors, like lecturers, better - i.e. better pay and more freedom, similar to faculty positions. Many staff are paid as much as faculty in some colleges/departments and have PhD degrees, yet have much less freedom than faculty. For example, in my specific staff position, I could easily do half my work from home, like many faculty do, and probably be more productive. Also, give staff more freedom to set their hours - like faculty. It is an outdated approach to work that as long as you are here for 9 hours (lunch is not paid) then you have worked for the day.

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Iowa State University Interviews

Updated Sep 22, 2014
Updated Sep 22, 2014

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    Graduate Research Assistant Interview

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    Communicated through email. Interviewed for summer position on PHP, Java and SQL. It also involved questions on my previous experience and interest to learn new technologies. After that, I was selected and asked to choose the number of work hours. From here, it went smoothly. They liked my work and continued my contract and the research assistant position. Now, I am building tools useful for my thesis as well as my job.

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Headquarters Ames, IA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1858
Type College / University
Industry Education
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
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Attending Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) can be a whirlwind experience for some. ISU is a public land-grant institution offering higher education courses and programs with an emphasis on science, technology, and related areas. It's also home to the Cyclones athletics teams. ISU's eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 200 fields of study leading to graduate and professional degrees. The university has an enrollment of approximately 33,000 students. Chartered as Iowa Agriculture College in 1858, the school first officially... More

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