Iowa State University Reviews in Iowa

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
175 Reviews

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175 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Great for grad students.

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    • 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 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Good research opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Supportive mentors, easy hours, good pay for part time student work

    Cons

    Not much. Just is important to be able to maintain a good school/research balance

  10.  

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - ISU Dining  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - ISU Dining in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    ISU has great leadership opportunities.

    Cons

    It is a lot of hard work working in ISU Dinning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Could be Better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Career Services  in  Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Career Services in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Local and no long commutes

    Cons

    VERY political and very complacent employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunites and allow change to happen. Too political to get the best results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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