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Daktronics Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014

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3.3 70 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Daktronics President, CEO, and Director Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan

(47 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • Slow to react to some changes, lower pay in industry, no commissions (maybe a pro for some)(in 4 reviews)

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    It is a place to work if you have to live here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsFlexible work schedule
    Some pretty good folks to work with
    Not extremely competitive work environment. It doesn't take a lot of knowledge, experience to be successful here. Just a lot of hard work, motivation, and persistence.

    ConsGood opportunity to travel but if you don't you lose your big city working knowledge. The company could use a lot of outside expertise and more diversity to truly be a public competitive company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease diversity by including more outside influence. Change the culture to be more open. Have more focused small group businesses than large pools of people.

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sioux Falls, SD

    ProsEverything about the work is enjoyable. If you have a positive attitude and a desire to learn, you will enjoy the large majority of your co-workers, and also have great opportunites for growth and advancement.

    ConsPay is not frequently average or below in comparison to similar positions in other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent job of providing opportunities for growth ability for the individual to take initiative. This provides excellent motivation and encourages a very positive culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love working here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsGreat opportunities to start and grow a career. Great internship program for college students - performers get noticed and usually get offers after graduation. Diverse opportunities and paths within the company.

    ConsPay and benefits are substandard for an international tech company. Culture is a bit ingrown. Too much reliance on the internship pipeline for new employees - need more outside perspective. Internal processes are cumbersome.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick with quality. Kudos for avoiding the traps that have sent so many competitors out of business. Value the human part of the equasion as much as you do technology and operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Daktronics was a nice place to work

    Engineer (Current Employee) Volin, SD

    ProsA lot of travel opportunities.

    ConsDaktronic had lower pay compared to other companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed the hours, my coworkers, but not the micro managing

    Final Assembly (Former Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsGreat summer job for the pay
    Optional Over time offered regularly

    ConsMicro managed
    management doesn't implement changes very quickly

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about employees

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    A good place to work for college students

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsFlexible hours--they are willing to work around your schedule
    $0.20/hr raise for each A and B obtained for relevant classes at SDSU
    Applying for new positions within the company is encouraged
    Pleasant and professional office environment
    Trust and accountability is embedded in the culture
    Most people are friendly and are willing to help and explain things

    ConsThere is no one-on-one training for the first couple weeks (all online videos and manuals)
    Hard to know when you are asking too many or too few questions
    Sometimes work can become monotonous with the same types of tasks everyday

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on improving the training program and the knowledge database. For mechanical design training, emphasize sheet metal modeling in Pro/E more than solid modeling. Also, you have the Wiki pages established, but there is not enough information that could be usable or even understandable to new engineering employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company has Access to Student Knowledge and Labor and Treats Permanent Labor Force Poorly

    Manufacturer (Former Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsThe company and management live in the same small community as you. A strong relationship exists with the State University and they work with students to accommodate school schedules. They offer great opportunities for engineers to gain real work experience in manufacturing processes. The company offers overtime opportunities. Being part of an organization that has community pride.

    ConsCompany often hires more student positions than it should because they pay students less and provide them limited benefits. Management is a "good ole boys" club and it can be discouraging having to deal with incompetent management that are in their positions because they know someone. Unless you are in the "offices" your job is expendable - even then you have reasons to fear being fired without proper reason.No

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore attention needs to be paid to effective management. Stop treating employees as expendable. Stop the anti-union scare tactics and permit employees to unionize if they so choose.

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    Depends on who you are and who you know

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsMost people who work there are hard-working people who just want to do a good job at the task they are given. If you are working for a good boss then things can go well.

    ConsIncompetent leadership being put in place on a regular basis based more on their ability to get along with the interviewers than their ability to improve an area and lead. Many in leadership rolls have the inability to actually lead, or just don't have the intellect for it. But that only gets noticed by the workers. The higher-ups will be patting that person on the back while his workers are the ones who deserve the credit. But they will never let them know that. Despite workers knowing much about how processes work and how they can be improved, their opinions aren't considered when the higher-ups look to do changes or improvements. Also, many times the person/people who actually are the key players in a major change/improvement don't get the credit they deserve. It usually goes to their boss or supervisor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you really want to know how those in leadership positions are faring, ask their workers. Despite many in leadership positions getting high-fives by their colleagues for doing a great job, the workers shake their heads as improvements they know would work and suggestions they know would be effective are disregarded because that crew leader/supervisor either has too big of an ego to listen to anyone under him, or he just doesn't have the intellect for the position. Just because someone wants a position of leadership doesn't mean they will have the ability to lead. Many times that assumption is made and individuals who are egotistical yet spineless get put in positions of power to the chagrin of the workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineers first, everyone else last

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsTime off is rarely denied
    Head office in smaller community
    Youthful employees
    Clean campus and factory
    Strong admin su[pport staff

    ConsArrogant employees
    Lack of immagination and vision from managers
    Too much invested in sales and not enough in product development

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the core values that Al Kurtenbach established
    Don't add more managers to solve problems, give your employees the chance to show their worth

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    Dak cares about its employees

    Intern (Current Employee) Brookings, SD

    ProsFriendly people and employee friendly management

    ConsPay and location is poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen internal jobs up to students and interns

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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