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Pros
  • Daktronics generally promotes a collaborative work environment that encourages employees to work together to help our customers (in 13 reviews)

  • Great Work Life Balance and People (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay starting if you do not have many credits (get paid more per credit completed with an A or B (in 10 reviews)

  • Hard to continue to advance within the company due to upper management having a lot of seniority and not retiring any time soon (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Not great company ,but great town"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Short commute, Brookings is a great town to live in if you have a family

    Cons

    Pay and benefits. Pay needs to be raised for all salary employees. Benefits should be better for size of company. Bonuses needed for engineers.


  2. "Make sure roles, responsibilities, and structure within your group are clear."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many different divisions with wide range of product offerings to work with, some positions provide travel opportunities. Decent pay, ESPP...

    Cons

    Terrible management skills in certain areas. Focus on engineering is much lower in certain areas and and all about supporting manufacturing. Really more of a tech role in most cases. No clear definition as to the what the responsibilities are and there is not trust that engineers can get projects done without being being micromanaged in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Work on people development and training both in the engineering groups as well as in manufacturing. Largest problem in manufacturing today is that there is no standard or structure that is strictly followed in any group so no one ever knows exactly what it is that they are suppose to do. Leads to terrible productivity and more quality issues requiring engineering resources and taking away from time working to improve areas of production. You'll never get ahead if you continue to beat people down as they are 10 steps behind.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible work experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Redwood Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some benefits are good if you can afford them.

    Cons

    Worked the night shift in Redwood Falls. If there was any job movement people from the previous company before Daktronics acquired them seem to get all the job growth. Your experience is not taken into consideration. They try to keep everyone you work with on a even playing field holding the people with more to offer from gaining any job advancement. Way to many people who are related working there. Micromanaged. Supervisors have no idea what there employees are capable of as far as job skills. If you don't agree with how they are doing things and bring up ideas on how to improve they tell you they have it all figured out and wont listen to you. If you know more then your coworkers they will vindicate you to management so you cant get a head of them in job placement. The work life balance is terrible. The shift that has the worse hours is the one that always has to work extra overtime which means you have no family or personal life. Some shifts never put in more then thirty six hours a week while most others are working fifty plus. Night shift Supervisor comes and goes as she pleases and is gone for hours at a time. I could go on but I am sure you get my point.

    Advice to Management

    Watch what goes on in Redwood Falls more closely. You have big moral problems among the workers because of how they get treated by management. No trust in upper management.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Only for people who don't know any better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Great product; really cool to see product up and running. If you have never worked anywhere else this company appears to be great

    Cons

    Complete lack of ETHICS! They abuse interns by treating them like delivery people, would be amazed if the interns actually learn anything. Low pay unless you are in with upper management. I brought up a "conflict of interest" and was fired soon afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    Put a CEO in who did not grow up in this broken system!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "LABORERS, Stay Clear from Daktronics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Redwood Falls, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are always hiring in Redwood Falls, MN. It's not to difficult to get a laborer position. They will take anyone, literally.

    Cons

    The pay is digustingly low for the laborer, especially for those who don't even have a GED. Daktronics will pay the same hourly rate for the laborer who has an extensive education versus no education. They struggle to help those financially who want to pursue an education and work at different locations wherever the company exists in America. The education program they offer will be reimbursed if you continue to work for them, but it takes them FOREVER to pay it back to you.
    How is that possible?

    Advice to Management

    Day Shift Management in the Final Department: Don't take comments personally. Your excessive actions on those when one or many voice their comments strongly is not necessary. You tend to look into peoples comments too deeply.

    Night Shift Management: Keep on doing what is necessary to be successful. If you can figure out a way to provide a better pay for the highly educated individual(s) versus experience then congratulations. At least you are willing to explore that area versus the Day Time Shift.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great for students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Learn real world experiences with opportunities to be mentored by front-line employees
    - Always encouraging learning
    - Student incentives for applicable classes
    - Flexible work schedule (depending on the position)
    - Variability in work assignments, ability to apply internally for different positions
    - Global company (travelling possible)
    - High visibility of products

    Cons

    - Pay lower than average
    - After making money hand over fist, they continue to struggle since the downturn
    - Coaching out(passive or active) is more likely for current employees that need mentoring
    - Few leadership opportunities because of stagnant growth
    - Many aspects of culture are unprofessional (HR doesn't help either)

    Advice to Management

    Management/HR needs to connect more with employees - there is an impression of rule by fear. You aren't immune to mistakes yourselves, be willing to be vulnerable. Show a bit more love to your employees than investors for a time - both will thank you, one over time. Don't delegate employee recognition - make it personal.


  8. "Machine Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Steady hours, farmed out to other sections if no work

    Cons

    Repetitive and boring, low pay.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unfocused leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Having our products installed in NFL, MLB, NBA, and other professional sports stadiums is fun to see. Production management seems to know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Support management seems lost. Random and always-changing goals make non-manufacturing productivity difficult to accomplish. Employees that didn't attend SDSU (the local college) are largely ignored in their improvement recommendations and advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that there are more colleges in this country than SDSU that produce viable candiates for employment beyond entry level work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Below average"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + good facilities and good equipment
    + close to the town
    + good products
    + ability to work with latest software

    Cons

    - below average salaries
    - unfriendly teams (the company is big but my specific team was messed up)
    - horrible management
    - benefits (if compared to different companies from other states)
    - some management got there positions because they have relatives in upper management and they have no clue what they are doing
    - when you are at work anything you touch is their property and you can use it only for work purposes. they constantly monitor your phone calls, internet traffic and what you do every minute.
    - overall the place was shady and management was creating fake impression how they care about people. really happy with my new job and would not recommend a friend working at daktronics.

    Advice to Management

    - give more freedom to engineers
    - focus on creating friendly atmosphere
    - appreciate the work of your employees
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  11. Helpful (3)

    "It could be so much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Installer in Brookings, SD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the record, I was an installer, not based in Brookings. The product is exceptional, when it is working correctly. I liked the job, but unfortunately the cons outweighed the pros, at least for me.

    Cons

    Hours and pay. Expectations is that you can/will work as long as it takes to get the job done, regardless. Due to turnover, it is difficult to find any consistancy and/or develop any true working relationships with people. Also, there tends to be some arrogance of some when questioned about technology for whatever reason-"just do it because I said so" is not generally an acceptable response. Still has small time mentality in reagrds to location and business attitude, despite it being a global company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, truly listen. The sign of a great company and great leadership is its ability to listen to its employees (andbe genuine about it). Since company is growing and are hiring people that have other experiences that can provide other insights and observations that could contribute significantly to a better company and environment. By not doing so, you risk becoming second best. The "Brookings" family does not have all the answers, and to think it does is not only arrogant, it is ignorant and shows that the leadership is not as progressive as it thinks it is.



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