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Daktronics Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment with an excellent support staff (in 16 reviews)

  • Management does a good job letting employees have a good work/life balance (in 7 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)

  • Slightly lower pay than industry standard (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Actual job requirements were fun and interesting

    Cons

    When people quit, their jobs got dumped on me for no more pay and middle management was incompetent. They frequently skipped important meetings and in some instances SLEPT through them and then got angry when the details agreed upon in the meeting were put into place because they didn't remember agreeing to it.
    Also, pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for talent so that you can retain it.
    Also, not much room for moving up (only laterally) is not an incentive to do well.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good people but sometimes frustrating for career advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Some good people to work with, HR encourages growth, they try to make it a good work environment

    Cons

    The pay is great in some areas but not in others. Engineers can make a lot more somewhere else. They also draw a big line between hourly and salary employees in each department. Many people that are very qualified with Bachelor's degrees are hired as hourly employees (in the professional depts) with many of the same responsibilities as the salaried employees but paid lower and given less freedom in their work and in their work/life balance. Hourly employees are definitely not treated as well and they can't do certain things (attend trainings or conferences in their field) even though they have the same level and type of education as the salaried people. In summary, if you are hourly, you are going to get treated like a doormat and not as competent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop drawing such a thick line between hourly and salaried employees. I felt like hourly employees are treated as second class citizens and it's why a lot of them that I personally know of have left the company. Hourly employees have just as much (sometimes more!) education, talent and knowledge than their salaried counterparts so there is no reason to treat them like they need to "earn" certain privileges. You are losing a lot of great talent because of the way you separate the two groups.

  3. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Management does a good job letting employees have a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in regional locations.


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively low stress, good team atmosphere

    Cons

    repetitive work, limited upward potential, pay not the best


  5. Helpful (4)

    "If You Need a Job it's an OK Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The benefits are relatively comprehensive at a relatively reasonable cost.
    - The company builds in a few extra vacation/shutdown days a year during the holidays so you don't have to hope you can get time to see family.
    - Relatively lax dress code, observes casual Fridays
    - Management seems to be knowledgeable.
    - Well made product that is synonymous with professional sports scoring systems and displays.
    - The company encourages continued education and will offer compensation if you choose an area of study that the company has approved and a good grade point average is maintained. .
    - Some positions allow a person to work from their own home.
    - Ethically run publicly traded company.
    - Safety is important.
    - Work atmosphere is nonthreatening.

    Cons

    - Good jobs rarely seem to open up, and when one of these jobs sounds interesting it is often a part-time position designated for students.
    - Compensation in terms of salary seems to be heavily weighted in favor of management.
    - Workload can be overwhelming, overtime is necessary at times to keep up with the demand.
    - Some meetings seem to be unnecessary and could be paired with others to save time.
    - The credit that the company issues for continued education comes is capped at a low dollar amount for what higher education costs.
    - Raises seem to be incredibly slow paced.
    - Processes are changed frequently.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay your lower level employees better as even entry level positions often times require a degree when a person with a high school diploma could easily do the job. If you're going to require degrees you had better be willing to help those employees pay off the debt accrued to get that degree.
    - Reduce the number of meetings
    - Fill your empty positions quicker, if no one is applying then you're not paying enough for what you expect done.
    - Don't act like you understand the difficulties of a position when you have not taken the time to learn the processes involved with the job.
    - Don't fake empathy, it's patronizing & condescending.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daktronics part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, resume building, PTO, benefits

    Cons

    Pay lower than average, middle management lacks ability to make difficult decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees by paying more so they stay and then you can reap the rewards of the experience you have given. There are getting to be a lot more opportunities in the region that are better paying.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Field Service Technician"

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    Current Employee - Tech in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Tech in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work, lean management style

    Cons

    Pay is very terrible and could be better

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and provide more opportunities for growth

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brookings is a great town.

    Cons

    Low pay and bad managers plague this company.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your good employees and cut loose the bad ones. Too many good employees leave because of bad management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Below market, but great experience to be had"

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    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pros of Daktronics are the overall positive attitude, enjoyable work environment, and the opportunity to move up and gain further experience.

    Cons

    It is known that they pay well below market, which drives out good employees and drives up turnover, which is extremely detrimental to a companies success.

    Advice to Management

    Keep managing the way you are, you are what is keeping Daktronics a place that people can still work, the salary issue is not on you.


  10. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    great employees and work/life balance; great learning experience; work with very tech savvy engineers and techs

    Cons

    not much room for growth in the sales division; lack of upper management direction; upper management only concerned about top sectors where money is driven; not much social interaction with employees as a remote employee

    Advice to Management

    listen more to your lower level sales people as they are the ones driving sales and business


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