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Iowa State University Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
200 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.  

    Great atmosphere - good staff benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator II in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like the relaxed atmosphere in my unit, the reasonable demands on our time, the ability to grow in my position. I must admit I am lucky to have a great boss who cares to seek ways to help me grow in my position and teach me the ins and outs of how the administrations works. In addition, the benefits are pretty good - like the number of vacation days.

    Cons

    Sometimes, when work tasks involve people from different offices, things can go really slow. Also, when the university cancels classes in the winter and faculty, staff and students are told they can leave earlier to get home safe, then staff must actually use vacation days or unpaid time off, if they want to go home. Faculty, on the other hand, are free to cancel class and don't even have to make up the time with the students. This is obviously unfair. Also, staff lunch is not paid, so an 8-hour day means you have to spend 9 hours here. I often see staff hanging out in the break room watching TV long after they are done eating, because they have no incentive to go back to work, since they have to stay until 5pm anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on treating staff and lower-level instructors, like lecturers, better - i.e. better pay and more freedom, similar to faculty positions. Many staff are paid as much as faculty in some colleges/departments and have PhD degrees, yet have much less freedom than faculty. For example, in my specific staff position, I could easily do half my work from home, like many faculty do, and probably be more productive. Also, give staff more freedom to set their hours - like faculty. It is an outdated approach to work that as long as you are here for 9 hours (lunch is not paid) then you have worked for the day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ISU Dining

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Great college job to have. Starting pay is above minimum wage, goes up every few semesters. Very flexible with work scheduling if you have an exam.

    Cons

    Poor communication between students and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a more selective hiring process. Some workers are completely incompetent and would be fired at nearly any other job of similar work.

  3.  

    Worked in on campus research department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers and supervisor! Was super flexible in scheduling of my hours depending on my class schedule and how busy I would be that week.

    Cons

    Nothing! Loved everything about this job and everyone I worked with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I have enjoyed working at ISU.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Very flexible job for being a student. Love the people I work with. Make a good amount of money for the work I do.

    Cons

    Can be boring but it is a student job. We have too many people that work at the same time so not everyone is doing something all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A casual and relaxed working atmosphere with an assurance of similar experiences on a daily basis.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Casual and relaxed atmosphere, great working conditions, many different areas for opportunity around the university.

    Cons

    The parking system is an absolute nightmare and extremely expensive in my opinion and purchasing food on campus is expensive and is often very similar on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just appreciate your staff for what they do on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Undergraduate Lab Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours - worked around my class schedule
    Understanding graduate students and professor - understood that classes come before work

    Cons

    Not much. Depending on the lab you end up working at the grad students could be very understanding and helpful or very demanding and not give much guidance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, flexible timings - just make sure you get your job done.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to my mind.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I work here for 5 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    A good place and nice people.

    Cons

    Learn new things. Life here is not so fast paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more creative work.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Adventure of a lifetime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Lab Coordinator/Technology Peer Mentor in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Lead Lab Coordinator/Technology Peer Mentor in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Iowa State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part about working for Iowa State was developing close relationships with professors, mentors and advisers. Because you were around them constantly they would provide resources and help in any way they could with a project, assignment, or even finding internships and jobs. Working for the school also had its perks of being close to where I live and being very flexible working around my class schedule.

    Cons

    The only cons I can think of working for this company was that they didn't exactly provide me with industry experience, which is what most companies look for in a student pursuing a full-time job. However, the networking and contacts I made working there provided me with useful and advantageous tips and referrals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little guys, they are the ones who know how the sausage is made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty chill

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Ames, IA

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and very relaxed

    Cons

    Not a lot of training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is fine. It is all ran pretty well for all the tutors being college kids.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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