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Drake University Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
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    Small Liberal Arts University

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Event Staff Supervisor in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Event Staff Supervisor in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    As a student, the job options are so convenient!

    Cons

    Some of the jobs are less desirable- ie food service and event clean up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Independent teaching environment

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Des Moines, IA
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Drake University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Independence, ability to lesson plan as I'd like, easy to get feedback from department chair

    Cons

    as PT adjunct, no benefits. Teaching at night with regular FT job, I cannot take advantage of the learning sessions offered during the day to improve teaching or plan for the future of the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With so many adjuncts teaching at night, consider offering sessions to improve teaching at night or on weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Ethical, interesting, challenging, under-resourced

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Drake University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Students are great. Administration is good. Good resources for conference attendance, faculty development. Stability. Community respects the institution.

    Cons

    You have to enjoy being on your own. You will not receive mentorship or appreciation. Everyone works in isolation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that your faculty and staff are exhausted and divided in too many directions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    IT analyst and tech support

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good benefits, beautiful and sustainable campus

    Cons

    Low chance of getting promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more autonomy to their employees

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    Network Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer II in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer II in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Drake University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    On the right track! The leadership in IT understand what it takes to run a successful operation. They are moving toward a model where people are rewarded for hard work and those that are overpaid are being tended to. Salary is extremely competitive, even with private sector here in DSM. Work/Life balance is second to none.

    Cons

    End users sometimes struggle to understand all that is required to keep an institution up and running as far as technology goes. Lot of complaining but not a lot of people interested in stepping up to offer ideas and suggestions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the momentum going! The new direction is refreshing and we are bringing in top notch talent!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment to learn on the job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drake University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to work on diverse projects. Flexible working hours. Experienced senior members willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    Work environment for student interns is crowded, but improved towards the end of my experience. Communication with leadership is sometimes lacking.

    Recommends
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    IT management could hold educate others

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Drake IT does a tremendous job of promoting life-work balance. As you would expect, training is readily available, and the perk of taking classes at the University is a glorious benefit. All of the management during my time there was great to work with, always having your back and helping you get better at your job.

    Cons

    There was a real challenge getting faculty to understand that you were there to help, and it was your job to work on their equipment. Asking permission to work on a computer that you had just days before handed to a professor takes a certain patience not all could handle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Drake IT - Dishonest top administration, Leaders lack integrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Drake University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Decent benefits package but not great
    Expectations with IT are low

    Cons

    There's a bunch of new leaders here at drake and everyone wants to make their mark. Top level decisions are made either in complete secrecy, or with "governance" which means we'll gather input but do whatever we think is good. The liars are constantly promoted here. Hard work is rewarded by more hard work and zero promotional opportunities and even pay cuts for "parity" with your job. Drake charges a HUGE sum to go here: WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO!?? Sure, I got raises but nothing to keep up with inflation. There is no appreciation for IT employees: we are all counted as expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do you burn down the house to fix a leaky pipe? There's rampant cronyism in IT, and elsewhere. IT has never worked properly since I've been here because there's always an excuse as to why things don't work: resources, money, etc... yet we still keep the people running the show. Things will not change until we have new leaders.

    VALUE HONESTY AND INTEGRITY... Drake does not value these qualities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  10.  

    Reasonably good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great source of extra money in college. Also, a wonderful opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes experience and network with alumni.

    Cons

    Full-time administrative staff are not always supportive or co-operative, especially if they aren't used to interacting with student employees. It's not a bad environment at all, but there are a number of inefficiencies and unnecessary delays when students put in requests for anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more considerate of student schedules and don't strictly recruit for jobs based on currently working students referring their friends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work study program was decent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule
    Lots of job options (ie front desk work in dorm halls, event set up, dining staff)

    Cons

    Only paid once a month

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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