Drake University Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
15 Reviews

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    Network Engineer

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    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 for 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
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    Great environment to learn on the job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drake University part-time for 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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University full-time for 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
    No opinion of CEO
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    Drake IT - Dishonest top administration, Leaders lack integrity

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    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 for 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
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Reasonably good place to work

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University part-time for 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
  7.  

    Work study program was decent

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    Former Employee - Front Desk  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University part-time for 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
  8.  

    I worked at Drake University as a student worker in the Residence Halls.

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    Former Employee - Residence Hall Receptionist  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Residence Hall Receptionist in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Drake University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small school. Tight community. Friendly faces. Freedom to study for exams or socialize with friends (old & new).... Plus, you're working at home. So you can wear pj's to work. Need I say more?

    Cons

    Minimum wage. Repetitive work. Possible late/overnight shifts that can be boring and require obscene amounts of caffeine consumption.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to build a community among the workers - It's our job to support the residence life community.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    To much for to little

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    lots of computer management to try

    Cons

    minimum wage, no room to grow, endless cycle of repeating monotonous work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing can be said, Nebook wont pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Loved it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drake University

    Pros

    Ideas were sought and received

    Cons

    There are no cons about Drake

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  11.  

    Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Event Staff  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Event Staff in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    -Free food
    -Paid to watch sports
    -Easy

    Cons

    -Manual labor
    -Likely to get small cuts/bruises
    -Minimum wage

    Approves of CEO

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