Daktronics Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Daktronics CEO Reece A. Kurtenbach
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. Software Engineer

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookings, SD
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great coworkers; Fun products; Excellent student experience.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints for my current role.


  2. Below market, but great experience to be had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pros of Daktronics are the overall positive attitude, enjoyable work environment, and the opportunity to move up and gain further experience.

    Cons

    It is known that they pay well below market, which drives out good employees and drives up turnover, which is extremely detrimental to a companies success.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managing the way you are, you are what is keeping Daktronics a place that people can still work, the salary issue is not on you.


  3. Software Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was luck enough to get placed onto a team with extremely knowledgeable people. Extremely smart, could tell you just about everything you need to know about C# and have a very good understanding of the projects the team works on. Cubes where you work are large and have plenty of space. For my workstation I got a brand new computer which is worth over $2,500 and can do anything you need, also got brand new dual monitors.

    Cons

    Code base is very large, and takes time to find your way around. Code is not commented at all, and in my opinion the 'var' keyword in C# is used for every single variable they use in their code. Makes it hard to read. Have not done much straight up development, more so bug fixes and small feature additions.


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  5. Electrical Design

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Electrical Design in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and values. Exciting seeing product all of the world and on TV that was manufactured in Bookings, SD.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes be very repetitive and the salary could be a bit higher.


  6. I was an intern at Daktronics.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Brookings, SD
    Former Intern - Intern in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding internship program. Very structured, with great people running the program. Also included good access to senior leadership.

    Cons

    Not a bad reflection on the company, but I think you need to have some engineering smarts to thrive there. Engineers rule the culture, and it's difficult to get up to speed if you don't have some base knowledge of engineering -- especially electrical or software.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on an intentional culture. I never knew quite "what it meant to be a Daktronics employee."


  7. Working at Daktronics was a great experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Fellow employees were helpful and friendly -Relevant projects that impacted multiple business units -Course increment pay is fantastic

    Cons

    -Work at times can vary due to season


  8. Project Coordinator Student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to get a background on how things operate in the background when a project comes down the pipeline.

    Cons

    Can be hard to really get into the job, work can be tedious data entry.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate those who have invested significant quantities of their time and career towards the company better. Most people appreciate the work environment, however good talent is lost to those who can reward their employees better.


  9. Great starting career opportunities with many avenues for success.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, small-thinkers, do not invest in quality employees.


  10. Great work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Sales in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for college grads. Internship is gateway to full time offer. Diverse experience. Young workers given advanced experience and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Benefits are good for young, healthy workers. A lot of out-of-pocket if you are sick or have a family. Too much focus on process, not enough on being the industry leader.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget what put us on top in the first place. Lead the industry and don't let internal bloat bog us down.


  11. Student position was favorite job I have had so far.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Student in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Student in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun relaxed atmosphere, daily work and projects were presented clearly, got to work on projects and daily work that I felt really applied to my career goals, pay increases from course increments were great (really offset the low base pay, the increments can really add up for students who work there for multiple years). This experience has helped me get opportunities at a lot of big companies after my graduation.

    Cons

    Base pay was low and also seemed low for FT employees



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