Louisiana Tech University

  www.latech.edu
  www.latech.edu

Louisiana Tech University Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
41 Reviews
3.3
41 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau
Dan Reneau
24 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    State budget issues are killing higher education

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Both the faculty and staff you work with are generally nice and pleasant. The atmosphere is relaxed. You don't have to fear trying something and making a mistake.

    Cons

    There are limited advancement opportunities. Due to state budget issues salaries have been stagnant for about five years. There are no benefits beyond medical, dental, vision, etc. There's little money for training or professional development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Avoid coming unless you have family in area or are hired in Engineering or Business Depts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor (Liberal Arts) in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Instructor (Liberal Arts) in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Students are very sincere and respectful; great colleagues; small-town living (if that's your thing); everybody knows everybody (if you like that); mild winters (one to two ice days per annum)

    Cons

    No raises or cost of living adjustments since 2008; cost of living is high (don't listen to what administrators tell you); can't survive on one salary except perhaps if you're alone and don't have to travel (ever) or if you're a coach or Engineering prof; expect to send kids to private schools and pay dearly; no proper daycare facilities for the very young - have to pay for in-home sitter if you don't have relatives available; significantly lower expectations of student capability (despite what they tell you); too many overpaid administrators; promises (even those in writing) are forgotten; easy to get stuck here (who's going to hire you in future, especially if you have tenure?); hot, humid summers that last from May till almost November; no major shops - no mall - in town except for Wal-Mart (and with our workload you can't just drive to closest 'major' cities on the weekend to shop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us cost of living adjustments (to compensate for shrinking salary since 2008) and well-deserved raises! The cost of living has steadily increased since 2008 (when we got our last raises) and our salary is now a joke. We only work for benefits, but even those are deteriorating. We can blame Jindal for much of it, but our university seems to be doing well enough for us to, at the very minimum, receive the 12%+ cost-of-living adjustment that we need to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away if possible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice weather all year long, no traffic

    Cons

    very low pay, need to pay tuition for graduate students, it is crazzy, lots of politics between professors, no summer funding, not focus on doing good research, rather they focus on writing (or faking ) grant proposal. Many professor does not come everyday to college, and some takes days to respond to email.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus of university should be success of every student not politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University part-time

    Pros

    You'll work under one of your professors, so provided that relationship is healthy, you'll have an excellent boss. You're generally left to your own devices, but you can ask for assistance at any time and expect to receive it.

    Cons

    Paychecks dispersed only once a month, and massive corruption/favoritism/politics at the upper echelons of university management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wouldn't bother offering advice: they'd never take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Phd students live like rats,

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent education for the money they charge undergraduate students

    Cons

    The stipend for PhD students is miserable. And this is probably the only school in the country where PhD students have to pay full tution even after finishing their required courses. I literally lived like a rat , scavenging for food, getting into debts and barely making it through school. No health benefits too. Monetarily, this is perhaps the worst school for a PhD graduate student to be in and I will not recommend this school to any one unless they remove tution and give a decent stipend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove instate fees for PhD candidates and offer discounted housing+health insurance plan+ food plan that would offset the low stipend amount being paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shitty pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ruston, LA

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice international community , easy way of life

    Cons

    They pay bad, and they dont really care how ure gonna survive with this little pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more realistic, take off the in state tution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment, great people, state higher education budget is awful, and the technology infrastructure is unusable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great, the program is great (at least Engineering/Science and Business are), new companies are coming in to work with professors and students, and by all accounts the university is growing and improving.

    Cons

    1) It's in Ruston, LA. which is a small town in the South.
    2) Any online system is ancient, unreliable, and borderline unmaintained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a campaign to increase state higher education spending; update your technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    For Tech to be a University, they're extremely inefficient.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are great co-workers and bosses, they are relaxed and generally very friendly. Everyone gives the feeling of Southern hospitality.

    Cons

    The University uses outdated and inefficient methods of communicating, is not exactly environmentally friendly, there are very few opportunities for advancement and Tech lacks diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are often over worked and underpaid. Consider the work load you are putting on employees without additional compensation. At times it can be unnecessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly pleasant people, nice working environment. Provides good experience and perks.

    Cons

    Working for the university can be tedious with lots of red tape and hoops to jump through. Limits on advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to do research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ruston, LA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ruston, LA

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, good environment, trianing, culture, weather

    Cons

    Low pay, no cons, very good, nice place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good research done here

    Recommends

Work at Louisiana Tech University? Share Your Experiences

Louisiana Tech University

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.