Iowa State University Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Research assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent working and living environment.

    Cons

    transportation to other cities is not very convenient.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice

  2. Work as a Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is located in a tranquil small town. So it is a nice place to work and study. People are nice and easy to cooperate.

    Cons

    Far away from main cities, which means fewer opportunities locally.

  3. Assistant Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Manager in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good.
    Work life balance is fair; seasonality in work is significant. Summer is generally very slow, many employees go on holiday.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than the private sector.
    Education reimbursement is surprisingly weak, only 3 credits reimbursed a semester if you apply and there are funds available.

    Advice to Management

    Increase buy-in by providing a big picture goal. Promote use of health and benefits more to retain quality employees; of course the bad ones will stick around, get the good employees to stay too.

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  5. Graduate Research Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place.Great community. Very friendly people and good knowledge hub. Great place to do research in Statistics, Agriculture and plant sciences, computational biology

    Cons

    Small place, networking is limited. But ISU does put in effort to overcome it. Harsh winters and extreme summer but you get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  6. It was a fun working enviroment

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

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the managers were great to work with. Flexible hours to work around a students class schedule. You get a free meal if your shift is at least three hours

    Cons

    It can be difficult to find a replacement if you work on the weekends. Some of the shifts are to short like some of the one hour shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Some managers could be more understanding when you can't find a replacement and need to leave town.

  7. The experience was very good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment.
    Faculty is very talented and experienced.
    Everyone provide encouragement to think innovatively.
    Great opportunity for success in one's field if one is talented

    Cons

    No cons in technical or in administrative department.
    Weather is extreme. Winter temperatures are very low. Affects travel

    Advice to Management

    Very good management

  8. Not much upward mobility, great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation time and culture (young and moving). Beautiful campus - some buildings are run-down, but others are state-of-the-art.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility or salary

  9. Lab Assistant I

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Next to CyRide (bus transport system) which provides a very easy commute. Heating and cooling units in most of the buildings.

    Cons

    No paid holidays, vacation, or sick days. Poor sidewalk care which can result in personal injury.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to provide incentives to promote productivity from employees.

  10. Awesome experiences when working in VRAC HCI program!

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

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full supports for graduate students including best computers and related facilities on campus, C6, and the most thoughtful specialists I have ever met!

    Cons

    Some good people left. I wish graduate students can still get the best support as usual.

    Advice to Management

    1. More mentoring sources for new students
    2. Provide incentives for publishing journal articles and presenting in CHI or tech related conferences.
    3. Unlimited snakes like Google!

  11. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and coworkers. Love it!

    Cons

    Salary is low. Not much work

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