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Iowa State University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
180 Reviews
4.2
180 Reviews
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Iowa State University President Steven Leath
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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
  • Too cold in winter and lack of entertainment places (in 4 reviews)

  • If you are used to living in a big city, this will be a big change (in 6 reviews)

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    ISU

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, not expected to work more than 40 hours per week.

    Cons

    Salary may not be as high as industry jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Natural Resources Ecology and Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Good benefits for graduate assistants in the NREM department including health insurance.

    Cons

    Due to budget cuts etc, some departments have been combined, while others divided, leaving an un-intuitive system of departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Iowa State Graduate Assistant Review

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, professional work environment. Great college town and was able to establish many positive relationships through my time there.

    Cons

    Personally, I had zero to little complaints. However, could have been provided with a little more help for life post-Iowa State and obtaining a full-time job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great environment, just wish it paid better!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff, very personable, lots of room for growth and to move with in University. Amazing benefits and vacation time, tries to counter balance low pay.

    Cons

    Pay is way way way below private sector. A role that commanded 75K in the private sector, paid 46K at ISU. That was the high end of the hiring range too. Also if you do not live in Ames, quite a drive in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compare what you are paying professionals with advanced degrees to the private sector, it should no be 30K+ disparate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The opportunities and chances to excel were around every corner in the research and development field.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The professors were very willing to spend time teaching you processes and tools that you had no previous experience with.

    Cons

    There were times where guidance was unavailable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good student work environment

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

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

    Pros

    Positive working environment, individualized training for my specific position but experience is very dependent upon the Principal Investigator

    Cons

    Payroll at ISU can be dicey to begin, but overall the job was a positive experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Little concern for graduate students

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Campus is beautiful, especially in the non-winter months.

    Cons

    - Uncomfortable working environment (far too warm in summer, far too cold in winter)
     - Poor work/life balance. Need to work full-time just to stay afloat, and work additional hours to actually progress toward a degree.
     - Awful compensation/benefits. Stipends rarely above the posted minimum, even for advanced doctoral students.
     - Few social opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great for grad students.

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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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Can pick my own schedule, one of the higher stipends, surrounded by really intelligent and skilled people.

    Cons

    Really depends on who your advisor is. All the undergrads can be annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Great student Body
    Great teachers
    Campus is amazing

    Cons

    Administration could connect more
    The town is very small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the values of the student body, don't just appease and then do what you want anyway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Student on-campus worker

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    Former Employee - Level III Student Employee  in  Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Level III Student Employee in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    The supervisors were friendly and professional while still making the workplace enjoyable. As a student, they worked around my schedule with ease.

    Cons

    No real complaints, although the money is not especially good. This is to be expected considering the nature of my work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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