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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people on the floor, great product, exciting to see all the applications

    Cons

    Too many people have grown up only knowing the Datronics way, some of the middle and upper managment have a chip on their shoulder, pay rate is one of the worse around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to those workers in the trenches a little more than the "managers" that you surround yourself with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive experience-satisfied with the work environment and opportunity for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Flexibility and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Pay and compensation could be better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase 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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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Everything 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stick 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Daktronics was a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Volin, SD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Volin, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    A lot of travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Daktronic had lower pay compared to other companies.

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Final Assembly  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Final Assembly in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics

    Pros

    Great summer job for the pay
    Optional Over time offered regularly

    Cons

    Micro managed
    management doesn't implement changes very quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about employees

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to work for college students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Flexible 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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Manufacturer  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Manufacturer in Brookings, SD

    I worked at Daktronics

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on who you are and who you know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at Daktronics

    Pros

    Most 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.

    Cons

    Incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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