South Dakota State Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful platform for research work in Electrical Engineering.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safe and cool environment for research work. Professors are helpful. Student can choose their subjects according as their interest and does not matter what their previous background.

    Cons

    University is too expensive compared to assistantship. Students need to cover their fees, insurance and acomodations themselves. Full Assistantship is too low. And Most of the students get half paid assistantship, no matters how much they work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reduce the course fee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Poor pay and lack of diversity.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Athletics  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Athletics in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a challenging environment, so jobs are relatively easy competed to other higher ed settings. People are nice.

    Cons

    Not an intellectual environment. Zero diversity. The few people of color on campus are international. Many years behind in terms of technology. Extremely resistant to change. Average school, but behave as though they are Ivy League. Whoever sticks around the longest gets promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to change! Utilize technology to your advantage. Hire the best, rather than people who will fit in to the existing environment and will never challenge the current structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Opportunity for a Summer REU

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    Former Employee - SDSU REU Researching Scholar  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - SDSU REU Researching Scholar in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The Mentors and Professors are top-notch and dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    Funding, equipment, and laboratory space are often in short supply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scheduling for laboratory equipment, along with regular equipment maintenance, could go along way to improving the research experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good for beginners

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at South Dakota State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities during the early carrier

    Cons

    Repeated task boring after working for 2-3 years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for a student job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at South Dakota State

    Pros

    Don't have to leave campus

    Cons

    Horrible hours for UPD and mostly just guys

  7.  

    It all depends on who you work with, and pay is not good

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Nice people, from boss to co-works are very friendly;
    2. Brookings is nice place to live.

    Cons

    1. The above statement for pros #1 is only true to myself, I know a handful of Graduate Assistants being used like slaves by their advisors or department, or both. It really depends who you work with, and your own personality.
    2. The fact that Graduate Assistants needs to pay their own tuition is ridiculous: in most universities in US, this would not happen.
    3. For professors, the administrations are willing to spend money building constructions and polish the campus, but not willing to increase pay. Many valuable professors were lost in recent years and what we got left is just a beautiful campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money on people, not just buildings or decorations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people and good professional working environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at South Dakota State

    Pros

    Faculty and stuff are professional and friendly. The standard of education and research is nationally competitive.

    Cons

    Weather is sub zero half of the year. Expect lot of snow and ice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  9.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyable and flexible work environment. I was fond of my colleagues, and more so the professor who employed me. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who gets the chance.

    Cons

    The politics of academia. Though I had to deal with them very little as a lab assistant, they were still visible from where I stood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Learning Assistant  in  Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Learning Assistant in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Being a learning assistant was beneficial because it felt good helping students with their home work. It was also nice to have a review of past course work while tutoring.

    Cons

    The biggest con was that it was boring at times. Since most classes are on computers, most students could be help from the online tutorial.

  11.  

    Good place to start, but no growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota State full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The biggest pro is enjoying my coworkers. Also, the University was more stable during times of low economy than many businesses; I was hired during the recession. SDSU is a good place to start, or for those looking to stay in the same position. If looking for growth and opportunities, look elsewhere.

    Cons

    The politics within management is obvious and frustrating for those it affects. Very little support for professional growth and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out with the old, in with the new. Hire the most qualified, competant individuals, rather than hiring for political reasons.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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