Iowa State University
4.1 of 5 147 reviews
www.iastate.edu Ames, IA 5000+ Employees

Iowa State University Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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4.1 147 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

Iowa State University President Steven Leath

Steven Leath

(35 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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:
  • "If you are used to living in a big city, this will be a big change"
    in 5 reviews
  • "cold in winter, less opportunity to find industry job"
    in 3 reviews
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Friendly campus

Graduate Student (Current Employee)

I have been working at Iowa State University part-time

ProsReasonable tuition fee of the MBA program. Small sized class that everyone gets to know each other quickly.

ConsSome classes didn't add value to the professional career.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome professors should put more pressure of workload so that students put more effort in studying

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ames, IA

I worked at Iowa State University part-time for more than 5 years

ProsInnovative culture. Excellent, open-minded, leadership. Challenging work.

ConsIt would have been useful for some of the more significant changes to have been outlined in greater detail up front in order to help us to better implement specific policies and to augment leadership rather than piecemeal as time went on.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work!

Destination Iowa State Leader (Former Employee)
Ames, IA

I worked at Iowa State University as a contractor for less than a year

ProsClear expectations, long tradition of solid academic outreach, dynamic projects through the admissions office.

ConsPayment for this job was based on a check in system that was hard to maintain.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to do grad school

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Iowa State University

ProsGreat faculty and classes, I'm sure it depends on department.

ConsNothing really stands out as a problem.

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Challenging yet rewarding

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Ames, IA

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

ProsYou can choose your own hours as long as you get the tasks done. Professors are really helpful and are concerned with your learning and improvment.

ConsThere is little room for growth after the research position. You generally do not work for your professor after you graduate. Many people go onto graduate school or research in companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ames, IA

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

ProsLovely small town to live and study

ConsFar away from job market

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It truly let me choose my own adventure, I'd recommend the school.

Student Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
Ames, IA

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

ProsWorking with ISU their very flexible with class schedule and there's always opportunity to move up.

ConsBeing a student your not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week which hurts student like me that need to work min 30 hours a week

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with state legislators to get rid of the 20/ hour a week rule

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent opportunities, MASSIVE, inhibiting bureaucracy

Instructional Support Specialist (Former Employee)
Ames, IA

I worked at Iowa State University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDecent work-life balance
Relatively good job freedom
Good benefits

ConsWAY too many paper pushers
WAY too many lifers (worked there 30-40+ YEARS)
WAY too much red tape

Advice to Senior ManagementI like the changes I'm seeing after having been removed for 2 years or so. Keep it up! LESS paper pushing admins, more efficiency!

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Great place to work while you are in college here

Student Worker (Former Employee)
Ames, IA

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

ProsMake great friends-who are also students
Full time staff is generally really easy going

ConsOnly allowed 20 hours a week
Not a lot of room for promotion

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Great College

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Iowa State University

ProsSummer is short. People are nice. Quiet town.

ConsWinter is cold and long.

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