Daktronics Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
72 Reviews
3.4
72 Reviews
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Daktronics President, CEO, and Director Jim Morgan
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49 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics

    Pros

    Benefits really great. Christmas time off wonderful if you save your PTO to get paid. Very friendly people to work with. Great opportunities for most departments (outside of manufacturing) to work from home. World wide, and recognized as top in their industry.

    Cons

    Life balance can be hard at times. Does not take in consideration overall experience, and focuses mostly on the degree earned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Sales in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Student position was favorite job I have had so far.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Student  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Student in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics part-time for more than a year

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's been a pleasure to work for Daktronics.

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

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

    Pros

    The flexibility of working from home, friendly local co-workers, regional leadership cares about moral.

    Cons

    Lower pay in industry (but perks can make-up for what is lost in pay), large global company with a small town mind set (Corporate executives seem to think inside of the box which has cost us some major projects to inferior competitors), too much turn-around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please go outside of SD to find executives that can encompass a better vision for the direction of the company. Stop with the nepotism when filling key decision making positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent student opportunities available

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Materials Buyer/Planner Student  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Materials Buyer/Planner Student in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Daktronics allows for autonomy in the workplace. There are friendly and respectful coworkers. Student employees are treated like full-time employees rather than just seen as students.

    Cons

    The one con is that I would have liked to see more of the upper management, even if it was just a quick trip around the plant on an afternoon to wave at employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue promoting student employment. It offers a great place to work for students and gives real opportunities to learn real-world knowledge. Hopefully enough students transition to full-time upon graduation that the investment is worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunities for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    Friendly culture, helpful co-workers, plenty of opportunities to advance yourself and your career if you apply yourself. Also a lot of ability to transfer internally to other positions if you feel that your work is becoming stagnant.

    Cons

    Too much middle management, very poor training, lack of adequate compensation tends to push out good employees, causing a high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop job specific training, allow employees to make more decisions, increase compensation for high-performing employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunities for international students in USA.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Engineer  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings for student employees, great platform for international students to learn the american work culture.

    Cons

    Rate of conversion to being a full time employee is close to zero.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great student employment experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    College student employees are given a large amount of responsibility, which provides a lot of good work experience.

    Cons

    Poor management and no opportunity for upward movement within the company. The vast majority of position changes within the company are lateral movements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow just anyone to become a manager. Ensure that your "managers" actually have managerial capabilities before allowing them to oversee 5-10 employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as a student employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Was able to get a lot of hands on engineering experience even as a student. Got to work with a lot of engineers in different fields.

    Cons

    There should be more communication between management and students to see what kind of experience the student is looking for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of things going on

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Hardware Design in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    A variety of interesting projects to work on and a very visible product. They seemed very interested in improving employee skills and giving more responsibility when you're ready for it.

    Cons

    Brookings is a fairly quiet little town. Housing is rather expensive due to SDSU and compensation is on the lower end of the scale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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