Daktronics Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Decent company to work for as a student employee.

    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Student in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Student in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    Wage increases for good grades on list of accepted courses.

    Cons

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

  2. good place to work in South Dakota

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work in

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall experience was good. Salary was horrid.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, low stress, nice college town.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Slowly immersed me into job position

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Daktronics as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers
    Flexible about scheduling around school and life

    Cons

    Everything has been going well

  6. LABORERS, Stay Clear from Daktronics

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Day 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. good experience while in school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD
    Former Intern - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    Most 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great for students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Daktronics (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 ManagementAdvice

    Management/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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Student Tech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Tech in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Student Tech in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for diverse experiences.

    Cons

    When 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Employee orientated, Corporate Office nice place to work

    Cons

    Base Pay a little low

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A good starting point for college grads

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

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

    Pros

    Dak is a company centered on good morals and hard work ethic. It is also an engineering-focused company, which is great for product development, but does not provide the greatest leadership for sales and marketing efforts. Dak may be a leader in the LED video industry, but many of its competitors are massive corporations like Mitsubishi which win many large projects here and there but offer dismal support. Dak has unmatched service and support resources.

    Cons

    The pay is notoriously weak, being based in south dakota doesn't really help the cause. Many old-timers have the mindset that the domestic market will continue to provide revenue and growth for the company but it's obvious that the international market is where most of the future growth is held. Project management and customer service are areas that need to be greatly improved if the growth is going to continue. Almost everyone in Dak is internally promoted or changes job roles every few years, which may be good for professional growth, but the company loses productivity as a result. Turnover in many roles is chronic. Hours I work are wildly variable, weekends, holidays, nights, it makes your personal life rather difficult or non-existent.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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