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Iowa State University Reviews in Ames, IA

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
180 Reviews
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Pros
  • Nice academic environment, beautiful campus (in 10 reviews)

  • Good environment, nice people and happy life (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Too cold in winter and lack of entertainment places (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are used to living in a big city, this will be a big change (in 6 reviews)

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    Iowa State Graduate Assistant Review

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

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly, professional work environment. Great college town and was able to establish many positive relationships through my time there.

    Cons

    Personally, I had zero to little complaints. However, could have been provided with a little more help for life post-Iowa State and obtaining a full-time job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great environment, just wish it paid better!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff, very personable, lots of room for growth and to move with in University. Amazing benefits and vacation time, tries to counter balance low pay.

    Cons

    Pay is way way way below private sector. A role that commanded 75K in the private sector, paid 46K at ISU. That was the high end of the hiring range too. Also if you do not live in Ames, quite a drive in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compare what you are paying professionals with advanced degrees to the private sector, it should no be 30K+ disparate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good student work environment

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    Positive working environment, individualized training for my specific position but experience is very dependent upon the Principal Investigator

    Cons

    Payroll at ISU can be dicey to begin, but overall the job was a positive experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Little concern for graduate students

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Campus is beautiful, especially in the non-winter months.

    Cons

    - Uncomfortable working environment (far too warm in summer, far too cold in winter)
     - Poor work/life balance. Need to work full-time just to stay afloat, and work additional hours to actually progress toward a degree.
     - Awful compensation/benefits. Stipends rarely above the posted minimum, even for advanced doctoral students.
     - Few social opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great for grad students.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Can pick my own schedule, one of the higher stipends, surrounded by really intelligent and skilled people.

    Cons

    Really depends on who your advisor is. All the undergrads can be annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student on-campus worker

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    Former Employee - Level III Student Employee  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Level III Student Employee in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    The supervisors were friendly and professional while still making the workplace enjoyable. As a student, they worked around my schedule with ease.

    Cons

    No real complaints, although the money is not especially good. This is to be expected considering the nature of my work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great job, disappointing pay.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist II  in  Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist II in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment with a wise supervisor. Challenging tasks with a smart team.
    Excellent experiences for problem solving and management.

    Cons

    Low pay and low annual salary increase.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate assistant

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

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very nice professors active research

    Cons

    Teaching load is heavy for some department

    Approves of CEO
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    Teaching Assistantship

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

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

    Pros

    Assisted three different instructors in the BUILDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY V course. Responsibilities included responding students’ questions, grading and evaluating the assignments,making discussions and collaboration regarding Structural Technology in Practice, Building Environmental Forces, and Building Assemblies and Materials.

    Cons

    This is not related to my experience.

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    There is a lot of apathy around the Iowa State chemistry department

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    Current Employee - Lecturer of Organic Chemistry  in  Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Lecturer of Organic Chemistry in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You have no supervision so you can do pretty much what you want. You get free reign to construct and teach the course you want. You get to pick and choose the topics you feel are important in the subject.

    Cons

    You have no supervision so you have no guidance. If you are a first time teacher or new to being a professor you will learn by trial and error. There are no guidelines or rules given. You have to go seeking for all the information you need. And a lot of the times you can get reprimanded for not doing something or asking about something that you didn't even know that you should be doing in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some learning objectives for your courses. Why reinvent the wheel each semester?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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