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Iowa State University Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
214 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.  

    Amazing experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Very friendly and inspiring work environment! Make many great friends here!

    Cons

    Hard work is required to keep up with the courses.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Iowa State has given me a opportunity to grow as a student and as a professional. The faculty has always
    been very supportive of my journey thought grad school.

    Cons

    Although Ames is a nice town, it feels very isolated and I would like to be in a place that offers more outdoor entertainment after working hard all day.

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  3.  

    Very good employer, great community

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

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A rapidly growing university with a tight, compact campus. Great benefits package with TIAA-CREF and health benefits. Wonderful family oriented community, excellent school system, and low cost of living.

    Cons

    Very decentralized controls sometimes leads to community isolation on campus. Continued growth could be a concern if new facilities aren't realized soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Consultant

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

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

    Pros

    It has flexible hours. Can work on campus or at home

    Cons

    In a cold climate which can be very difficult to work.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    The experience was amazing.

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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

    Pros

    Very supportive and helpful faculties. Resources for research opportunities.

    Cons

    High acceptance rate is a problem, i guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To explore and work on the reasons why the rank of university has gone down from last two years.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Mathematics Graduate TA

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Start of as a grader and/or someone who holds 1-3 recitations (small class review style).
    2. Good pay, especially for the area (cheap rent in Ames).
    3. Nice and very intelligent staff for the most part.
    4. Fun game nights with other grad students

    Cons

    1. Located in Ames...
    2. Mausoleum of a mathematics building. So much gray exterior, few windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being helpful. But upgrade from chalk (bad for my asthma) to whiteboard, please.

    Recommends
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    Graduate Student

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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

    Pros

    good work-life balance, personal growth

    Cons

    perks are not great for the effort expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recommend competitive perks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Pays well! Hours are not fixed, so there is flexibility.

    Cons

    Housing is hard to find, especially with the increasing number of students every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Extension Program Specialist

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    Former Employee - Extension Program Specialist in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Extension Program Specialist in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    The hours were flexible, which made adjusting hours to accommodate personal situations easy. This employer also has great benefits (health care, & retirement).

    Cons

    Base pay was limited for non-faculty, which tends to make these positions temporary in nature. Long term opportunities would be available with a PhD.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Great place for teaching and research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent mentors, lots of research opportunities.

    Cons

    Campus functions are less than optimal, especially graduate student fees, parking and administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand how much some of your students sacrificed to attend, and honor that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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