Iowa State University Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Nice university to do research but less fun for life

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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

    Very nice research environment. Nice faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Location not good enough for job searching. No good entertainment places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Lab Assistant I

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Needs to provide incentives to promote productivity from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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    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)

    Pros

    Nice people and coworkers. Love it!

    Cons

    Salary is low. Not much work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Cook's Help

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    Former Employee - Cook's Help in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Cook's Help in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Friendly and fun working environment, great experience!

    Cons

    Can get really busy during rush hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. I was responsible for fixing anything that broke or needed replacing in all dorm rooms.

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    On the job I was faced with many problems which greatly improved my problem solving skills.

    Cons

    It was a lot of hands on physical work that can become very tiring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Studying at Iowa State University on a one-year exchange

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    Current Employee - Student in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Student in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    Could not be happier with my choice- IASTATE has a great student community and beautiful campus, a lot of money (engineering buildings, gyms etc are all new and very good) and a good choice of courses.

    Cons

    The quality of the teaching at Iowa State is a downside- a persistent lack of class notes uploaded online and some teachers who don't seem interested leave a lot to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To capitalize on Iowa State's reputation as a good engineering school, more emphasis should be put on quality of teaching- blackboard is a very powerful tool and lecturers should use it more- perhaps even making it mandatory for lecture notes to be uploaded for future reference.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Life through the eyes of 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ISU is a fun place to work, although that is highly dependent on your department. As a graduate student who shares time between engineering and psychology there is plenty of work to be done and lots of opportunities, but you have to find them. Acceptable pay and health care benefits.

    Cons

    Many graduate students will work more than their assistantship outlines to "get work done" so your pay will decrease as you work more on a fixed income model. Adding family is very expensive to the health care plan (~$900 mo for spouse and dependent). Graduate students have to find their own work, grants, teaching in many cases so those who are self motivated come out ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide paid opportunities for graduate students to further their careers as having higher education benefits all involved at the university. Consider revising/improving benefits for families and time off policies for maternity leave to help those with families to make graduate school work as it is very hard to leave a full time job to consider graduate school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Iowa State is a decent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    I work as a graduate teaching assistant, so am grateful that the school schedule follows that of a student's. We get the same breaks. We receive adequate health insurance.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's difficult to keep up with school work and teaching load, but such is the life of a graduate teaching assistant. When you add research in, it get even crazier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A decent work experience.

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    Former Employee - Farm Worker in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Farm Worker in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Flexible hours and willing to work around schedule.

    Cons

    Lots of hard labor involved for single person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more workers so jobs can be dual teamed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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