Iowa State University Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Iowa State University President Steven Leath
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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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277 Employee Reviews

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  1. Great experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Assistant in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Assistant in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, easy scheduling, supportive environment

    Cons

    Winter months, weakened diversity community

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive, team oriented atmosphere. Friendly and helpful co workers.

    Cons

    Lots of people trying to make decisions that effect more than their department and not considering the outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive and helpful. Try to help the secretaries with cross department things like docfinity more, as the results will affect the whole department.


  3. Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked as a research scientist in GDCB. Great benefits. Full health, dental, the whole burrito. I enjoyed my time thoroughly.

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic at times. Depending on who you work for, the direction of research can be ambiguous. Some principal investigators can be indecisive.

    Advice to Management

    You treat employees very well. Keep it up and people will remain excited to come to work and pursue their passion for research, administration, etc.


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  5. Lab Assistant

    Current Employee - Lab Purchasing Manager in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Lab Purchasing Manager in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Meet people from all over the globe. Very flexible hours. Learn many new techniques and work with people that can teach you knew things.

    Cons

    The job gets to be very long as for the waiting and analyzing of results. It also becomes extremely repetitive and can get boring.


  6. Office Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful People and great environment. It was always upbringing and positive in both the office and out.

    Cons

    Having such a wonderful team around made the work seem to come second. It was fun nonetheless. The cons come with any job, the weather, the times, and the pay.


  7. Lab Assistant

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Ames, IA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible hours, respectful boss, good working environment

    Cons

    Not very much variety of experiences


  8. Student Aid, ITS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johns Creek, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johns Creek, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good co-workers (other students), flexible schedule around classes

    Cons

    Low pay and little chance for advancement as a student


  9. IT

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    Current Employee - IT Distributor in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - IT Distributor in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy Schedule, Great part time gig for student.

    Cons

    Pay may not be that great if you looking to make money


  10. Enjoyable collegues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone I work with is enjoyable and my professor is great and supportive. I've learned a lot from my experience here that I would never learn in a classroom.

    Cons

    Research team isn't consistent due to people graduating and leaving, occasionally I'm the only one and have to do everything.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. Research assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    variety of projects, great labs

    Cons

    there may be too much work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Management is good



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