Iowa State University Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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. teaching assistant and research assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    nice place good weather and fine salary

    Cons

    short period of stay and boring work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Not much upward mobility, great benefits

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

    I worked at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation time and culture (young and moving). Beautiful campus - some buildings are run-down, but others are state-of-the-art.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility or salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Lab Assistant I

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

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

    Pros

    Next to CyRide (bus transport system) which provides a very easy commute. Heating and cooling units in most of the buildings.

    Cons

    No paid holidays, vacation, or sick days. Poor sidewalk care which can result in personal injury.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to provide incentives to promote productivity from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Awesome experiences when working in VRAC HCI program!

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

    I worked at Iowa State University part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Full supports for graduate students including best computers and related facilities on campus, C6, and the most thoughtful specialists I have ever met!

    Cons

    Some good people left. I wish graduate students can still get the best support as usual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. More mentoring sources for new students
    2. Provide incentives for publishing journal articles and presenting in CHI or tech related conferences.
    3. Unlimited snakes like Google!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Teaching assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    20 hour a week
    learn teaching skill

    Cons

    it is a great place to learn to become a professor

  7. Webmaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Great university, great place to live and all the people are great.

    Cons

    The weather is too cold

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just like this place, finished my master degree there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. .....

    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist
    Current Employee - Visiting Scientist

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

    Pros

    Very good for study and research

    Cons

    There are no place to entertainment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  9. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    Nice people and coworkers. Love it!

    Cons

    Salary is low. Not much work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Iowa State University

    Pros

    Good for the student and employees

    Cons

    Not found any con as such

  11. Nice university to do research but less fun for life

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice research environment. Nice faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Location not good enough for job searching. No good entertainment places.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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