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Iowa State University Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
225 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.  

    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.  

    Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Fun environment. Working with class mates. Good experience and recognition.

    Cons

    No overtime. The interns do not paid enough for an engineering internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep producing good student work ethics and preparing kids for the real world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
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  7.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Freedom to do research and Flexibility

    Cons

    Relatively low income as a RA.

  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.

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  9.  

    Fantastic university to work for where they genuinely care about you as an employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    They encourage professional growth opportunities, provide strong benefits and have a great future outlook.

    Cons

    I can't find any concerns at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great university to advance your graduate education, and learn new stuff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    The atmosphere is really good. People are nice in Iowa. Benefits for professors are good , as well as for students.

    Cons

    The weather in Ames is not good in winter. Traffic convenient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Great university to work and study

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

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work style more lay-back rather than intensive;
    really safe place, good for raising family;
    living cost esp. property price low;
    most people are nice and professional;
    even tornadoes usually only affect Southern Iowa, Ames is pretty safe;

    Cons

    not too much to explore afterwork for singles;
    cold winter, hard to drive in snows.

    Positive Outlook

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