South Dakota State Reviews

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  1. Ph.D. level graduate student. Both Teaching and Research Assistant.

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

    I have been working at South Dakota State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very understanding administration. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    No benefits or insurance. It can also be difficult to find a dissertation advisor or research topic; one is left to attain these without much guidance upon entering the program.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps better career goal guidance early in the program. Career desires and how to be prepare for that over the course of study.

  2. Study and work life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good environment to work. department colleagues are very helpful. Still some what depends on your professor you are working with.

    Cons

    Brookings weather is the only challenge here

  3. Supervisors don't understand capabilities of staff

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Custodian in Brookings, SD

    I worked at South Dakota State full-time

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

    Pros

    Allowed to wear headphones, being alone for the majority of the shift

    Cons

    Understaffed, unreasonable supervisors, disrespect from other departments, unusual hours, hire leads and supervisors without considering current employees

    Advice to Management

    A better understanding of what employees can accomplish

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  5. Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Paid holidays, decent benefits, good school

    Cons

    Lack of training.
    Hierarchy is clearly established and lower level employees are treated like personal assistants

    Advice to Management

    Lead and empower employees and give them the tools to succeed.

  6. Worked as graduate assistant

    Current Employee - Gradate Research Assistant in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Gradate Research Assistant in Brookings, SD

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

    Pros

    Wonderful working experience there as a graduate research assistant

    Cons

    Weather at times made things horrible

    Advice to Management

    Pretty good and helpful

  7. South Dakota State University is a political clout of racially biased, bullying seniors in faculty circle

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Brookings, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brookings a nice small town, schools are good and community is small. If you like small town then it is a good choice.

    Cons

    if SDSU is your job destination then welcome to hell! They discriminate new faculty for their race. Administration speaks one language of idealism when trying to capture students but when it comes to teaching, it doesn't even provide basics. Highly understaffed, Senior faculty bullies juniors to the extent that they yell at them, insults them and administration stands with seniors.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to President of SDSU. Remove politics from following divisions:
    1. Chemistry division
    2. IT and Support
    3. Human Resources
    5. Racial discrimination from the campus.
    6. Bullying of junior and new faculties by senior faculties. this has made a hell of our campus.

  8. Wonderful platform for research work in Electrical Engineering.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Brookings, SD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Need to reduce the course fee.

  9. 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 (more than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. A Great Opportunity for a Summer REU

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - SDSU REU Researching Scholar in Brookings, SD
    Former Intern - SDSU REU Researching Scholar in Brookings, SD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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