Daktronics
3.3 of 5 67 reviews
www.daktronics.com Brookings, SD 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Daktronics President, CEO, and Director Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan

(46 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Friendly supportive work environment with support and encouragement for personal development and education"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Good people on the floor, great product, exciting to see all the applications"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low pay, no advancement, and employees are not people they are just a number"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Upper management needs to appreciate the entry level managers (crew leaders) more and compensate them better"
    in 4 reviews
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Company is ran by engineers with no business sense.

Electronic Technician (Former Employee)

I worked at Daktronics full-time for more than 10 years

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementScrap your HR department and hire some managers that are not engineers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent company to work for as a student employee.

Mechanical Design Student (Current Employee)
Brookings, SD

I have been working at Daktronics part-time for more than a year

ProsWage increases for good grades on list of accepted courses.

ConsPoor training programs in place. Learn on the job and not necessarily from a good teacher...

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good place to work in South Dakota

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Daktronics full-time

ProsFriendly environment to work in

ConsHave to have 4 year degree to advance experience doesn't matter

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall experience was good. Salary was horrid.

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Brookings, SD

I worked at Daktronics full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood work environment, low stress, nice college town.

ConsSalary very low. Double my salary just moving across the border into Minnesota.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Slowly immersed me into job position

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Daktronics as an intern

ProsFriendly co-workers
Flexible about scheduling around school and life

ConsEverything has been going well

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LABORERS, Stay Clear from Daktronics

Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee)
Redwood Falls, MN

I worked at Daktronics full-time for less than a year

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementDay 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for students

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Daktronics for 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 Senior ManagementManagement/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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good experience while in school

Student Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
Brookings, SD

I worked at Daktronics as an intern for less than a year

ProsMost of the time they are willing to work around your class schedule. As a student worker you get handed real responsibilites you can grow from.

ConsRequire a minimum of 20 hrs per week which can get a bit hard if you have a busy class schedule.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Student Tech (Current Employee)
Brookings, SD

I have been working at Daktronics part-time for more than 3 years

Proslots of opportunities for diverse experiences.

ConsWhen the snow falls it does not stay on the ground. One day of snow could turn into a week long blizzard.. If you move here buy a truck.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good to employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Daktronics

ProsEmployee orientated, Corporate Office nice place to work

ConsBase Pay a little low

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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