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South Dakota Tech Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
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  1.  

    Great opportunity as grad student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD

    I worked at South Dakota Tech full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Able to work on many different projects. Teaching labs to students who want to participate is awesome. Plenty of opportunities to network with other grad students and professionals in various industries.

    Cons

    As with any place, some people are difficult to work with. It is a little off the beaten path in regards to other universities but there are opportunities to travel when necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In crease pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Class TA

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    Former Employee - Grad Student TA in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Grad Student TA in Rapid City, SD

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

    Pros

    Get to practice skills needed by every programmer that can be used at your interview/jobs after college

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to get work done at school

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to go to Graduate School

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Rapid City, SD

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

    Pros

    Smaller school, more one on one attention from your advisor. Usually faculty is very accommodating and willing to help.

    Cons

    Since this is a smaller school the research areas might be smaller. If you need to change you may be challenged to find another project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor experience - CAPE Lab

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    Former Intern - Student Employee in Rapid City, SD
    Former Intern - Student Employee in Rapid City, SD

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, because there is a lack of focus and projects. Otherwise I can't think of any reason why anyone would want to work there aside from resume filler.

    Cons

    The lab director hides in his office all day while the "Research Scientist" and "Plastics Engineer" mentally abuse the students who do the actual work. Don't work there. There are plenty of other places to work at SDSMT to get started on your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of everyone and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Over all a positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD

    I worked at South Dakota Tech part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Research advisors were very willing to help with problems which arose while in the lab and they were also helpful when looking for new opportunities to further your career.

    Cons

    Not all of the material which was needed for research was readily available due to the small nature of the school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It could be improved a lot more...

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    Current Employee - Student in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Student in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota Tech full-time

    Pros

    -Professors are generally very approachable and nice, especially if you approach them outside class
    -Surrounded by the Black Hills, tons of outdoor activities such as hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, etc.
    -Parking is cheap (about $70 a year)
    -Abundant internship/co-op opportunities for those who are ambitious
    -Career Center is very helpful in preparing/helping students get a job
    -Maintain a very good relationship with certain companies
    -Literally the lowest out-of-state undergraduate tuition in the entire United States for an engineering college
    -High starting salary. We are currently (as of Sept 2012) rank 10th in the nation for state university in terms of average starting salary. We beat Harvard!

    Cons

    -Professors are horrible in terms of teaching skills. Only about 1 in 10 professors have a decent teaching skills, the rest are just either plain dumb or very smart, but the point is it is very hard to understand what they are teaching. Lacking severely in teaching skills. If you choose to go to SDSM&T, be prepared to read the textbook on your own, don't expect to attend lectures and understand.
    -Some professors are "obligated" to teach. They only want to do research, but they are "forced" to teach if they want to take the job, so they teach very poorly (although some are very smart).
    -Housing is severely limited. Unless you are a first or second year undergraduate, it is very difficult (next to impossible) to find a decent place within walking distance.
    -Parking space is severely limited. During peak hours, there is no parking spot left.
    -On campus employment opportunities for international undergraduate students are extremely limited.
    -It's very hard for international students to obtain internships/co-op experience
    -Upper level courses are offered during even/odd semester/year only, causing your course schedule in jeopardy and delay your graduation
    -Almost 90% who applied are admitted. Needs to be much more selective, otherwise students who are really not qualified will struggle once they are admitted.
    -A few foreign professors/teaching assistants speak incomprehensible English, although most have good English speaking ability
    -Website is horrible. Can't find stuff easily.
    -Food is even worse than the website. It doesn't taste like food and will cost you a fortune. The cheapest plan per meal is about $1400 per semester (4 months). And that is a requirement for everybody living in the dormitory.
    -Not a highly ranked-university. Very low international reputation.
    -Bad preparation for a pre-med program. If you are trying to get into medical school, please do not go here (although they offer it).
    -Not a lot of diversity. 90% white, the rest 10% is Native American, Hispanic, Asian, Black, and Mixed Race.
    -It feels like 90% of students are male, although the official statistics says 74%. It must be for the nursing students or the industrial engineering students. In other major such as mechanical/electrical engineering, please don't expect to see more than 4 female in 40 students.
    -Laboratory equipment is old and outdated.
    -Textbook selection is horrible. Please select better textbooks and don't change textbook to a newer edition every year.
    -Varsity athletic team is just embarrassing. Please win a game, at least once. Please?
    -Very "politically correct" environment although this is just on the surface. Actually, what is really happening is very politically "incorrect". There are teaching assistants (senior undergrad) who missed 70% of class attendance when they took the class. How could they be selected as TAs?
    -Some degree of "underground" racial discrimination. I said "underground" because it is not readily apparent.
    -The Foundation is not student-friendly. It is lion-friendly.
    -Alcohol violation in the dorms are ignored and the Resident Assistant are either collaborating or powerless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abusive Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Student Lab Assistant in Rapid City, SD
    Former Employee - Student Lab Assistant in Rapid City, SD

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

    Pros

    There are no positives. Do not work here. Avoid it at all costs. I repeat, there are no positives. Work at any of the other labs at SDSMT if you need the experience. This place is not worth your time.

    Cons

    I would not recommend this lab to anybody. The staff is abusive and actually steals from their employer routinely. They keep getting away with it because they keep getting away with it because their manager is absent most of the time, and so believes them when they blame everyone else. Horrible place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good Buy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Student in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota Tech part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good education of the price

    Cons

    Takes a lot of time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    RA in SDSMT

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota Tech full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good finance and easy to live in city

    Cons

    It is not a high-rank university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the level of knowledge and faculty

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Professional development in real world applications of rigorous scientific knowledge and research.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rapid City, SD

    I have been working at South Dakota Tech

    Pros

    I looked all around the western half of the nation for an institution where I could get a masters which fit both of my requirements. I wanted a school which dug into the science, but also was grounded in the real world. I wanted applied science. Many programs fall on either end of the spectrum. Other programs have science for the sake of science, or are happy to storm chase, or forecast on tv without asking any difficult questions. Located right next to the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore, there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation.

    Cons

    This is a small institution and in some transition. A research plane is scheduled to be in use sometime in the future, and the search is on for a new department head after retirement of others. Some people may not like the smallish city of Rapid City.

    Recommends

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