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Iowa State University Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
193 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice academic environment, beautiful campus (in 10 reviews)

  • Good environment, nice people and happy life (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Too cold in winter and lack of entertainment places (in 5 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.  

    Great place to learn!

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, flexible timings - just make sure you get your job done.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to my mind.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Adventure of a lifetime

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Lab Coordinator/Technology Peer Mentor in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Lead Lab Coordinator/Technology Peer Mentor in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for Iowa State was developing close relationships with professors, mentors and advisers. Because you were around them constantly they would provide resources and help in any way they could with a project, assignment, or even finding internships and jobs. Working for the school also had its perks of being close to where I live and being very flexible working around my class schedule.

    Cons

    The only cons I can think of working for this company was that they didn't exactly provide me with industry experience, which is what most companies look for in a student pursuing a full-time job. However, the networking and contacts I made working there provided me with useful and advantageous tips and referrals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little guys, they are the ones who know how the sausage is made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I work here for 5 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    A good place and nice people.

    Cons

    Learn new things. Life here is not so fast paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more creative work.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Pretty chill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and very relaxed

    Cons

    Not a lot of training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is fine. It is all ran pretty well for all the tutors being college kids.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Nice place for graduate school

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a good place to go to graduate school

    Cons

    There is not a lot of time off for graduate students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly working environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    All the staff are very friendly. They will always have time to help new staff coming in.

    Cons

    You would only get a 15 minute break for every 3 hours of work.

  8.  

    It's pretty good

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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Always look to adopt latest technologies

    Cons

    Sometimes you get confused with the changing requirements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Many opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a lot of opportunities if you know where to look for them. The culture tends to be one of exploration and learning about new ways to do things every day. Most days are a "go getter" culture.

    Cons

    There are too many politics. Specific field of study and work always involved too many restrictions based on limited funds because funds are being allocated in the wrong places. Only some departments receive full funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start and grow your career as a professional staff member but admin. culture has changed for the worse.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, including retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, are hard to beat. Campus is a beautiful setting. Pay is competitive in my field. Commute to work is quick.

    Cons

    With unchecked growth in enrollment, crowding issues are a concern (traffic on street and off, parking issues). Reclassification for promotion is very difficult and you can get stuck at the top of your range with no room for growth. The working culture of the place has changed for the worse. Many disengage because academicians in management positions do not know how to motivate and lead people. Lots of sticks but very few carrots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top administrators should prove that they have the skills to lead people, not just sporting an impressive CV.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work, excellent benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Great people, excellent culture. Lots of flexibility and understanding. Enjoyable working as a student and a full-time employee.

    Cons

    Pay was low compared to what I have made elsewhere. Difficult to move up the ladder, not a lot of strong opportunities for improvement.

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