Iowa State University Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Beautiful Campus: Many places to eat on campus, fairly quickly too (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)

  • There is little room for growth after the research position (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Iowa State University - TA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employed as a TA by the Biology department. Nice staff. Very friendly peers. Satisfying job, very rewarding. Got so good at it that I got a teaching award.

    Cons

    Lots of grading. I mean lots. As they say, you get paid to grade, and not to teach (which is the easier part of the job, once you get to know the material)

    Advice to Management

    Employ more TAs so that workload shared by each TA is lesser


  2. Very good facilities and a wonderful environment!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Climate at Ames is awesome all the time, cheap living costs, a wonderful international community, friendly people everywhere

    Cons

    Connectivity to the city's amenities is somewhat lacking. Not many choices for Asian taste buds..


  3. Very good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Easy to adjust schedule around school.

    Cons

    Work can be slow at times.


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  5. graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    study here with the assistantship is great

    Cons

    maybe the weather since I am from the south

    Advice to Management

    need a more efficient management


  6. Research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the work hours are very flexible. You get a lot of bs action time a year.

    Cons

    Management can be tough to work with depending on your supervisor.


  7. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insurance plan, safe and beautiful city to live and raise children.

    Cons

    Harsh winters. Might be a bit boring if you are from a big city.


  8. Fun Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Call Center Student Representative in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Call Center Student Representative in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iowa State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great support from fellow team members and management. Great part time position for college students in a professional, but laid back environment.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my time here as a student representative. Please review other comments for information on full time positions within the administration.


  9. Mostly positive

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Iowa State University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super friendly co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    politics between departments are frustrating.


  10. Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Warm-heart heart professor.

    Cons

    Not a full time, lose the job after graduation


  11. Research and Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iowa State University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good experience to be a graduate student here. I've been research assistant and 1 year teaching assistant. The university, department and my major professor provide me with opportunities to to get to know more about the culture and life in the US.

    Cons

    There are few engineering opportunities around the area at the graduate level or above.



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