Iowa State University

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Decent place to be a graduate student

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Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA

I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

I worked in a small department with a generally cohesive/ supportive atmosphere (though I hear this is not always the case in larger departments); Decent pay given the cost of living in Ames, IA; Far less pretentious than many other universities

Cons

Pretty culturally homogenous; Definitely on the politically "red" side of the spectrum (some may consider this a pro)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce administrative waste and pass on the savings to under-supported departments that are doing great work with embarassingly little support

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great start of my career

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, nice people and happy life

    Cons

    None, except for the bad whether in winters.

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    Great school if you can manage the location

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally friendly staff and faculty, eager students, decent resources for a land-grant school.

    Cons

    Work-life balance isn't great, students tend to feel a bit entitled, not easy to recruit top graduate students, there's not much going on in Ames.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my situation I found few good collaborative activities despite the lip service. Way too much paper pushing for faculty. The downturn of '08 diminished staff to dangerously low levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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