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Daktronics Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Daktronics generally promotes a collaborative work environment that encourages employees to work together to help our customers (in 15 reviews)

  • Great Work Life Balance and People (in 5 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. Helpful (3)

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

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    • 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
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    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
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Field Service Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Below market, but great experience to be had"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great starting career opportunities with many avenues for success."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, small-thinkers, do not invest in quality employees.


  7. "Good opportunities for international students in USA."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings for student employees, great platform for international students to learn the american work culture.

    Cons

    Rate of conversion to being a full time employee is close to zero.


  8. "Great student employment experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookings, SD
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daktronics as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    College student employees are given a large amount of responsibility, which provides a lot of good work experience.

    Cons

    Poor management and no opportunity for upward movement within the company. The vast majority of position changes within the company are lateral movements.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow just anyone to become a manager. Ensure that your "managers" actually have managerial capabilities before allowing them to oversee 5-10 employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall experience was good. Salary was horrid."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, low stress, nice college town.

    Cons

    Salary very low. Double my salary just moving across the border into Minnesota.


  10. "good experience while in school"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD
    Former Intern - Student Project Coordinator in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the time they are willing to work around your class schedule. As a student worker you get handed real responsibilites you can grow from.

    Cons

    Require a minimum of 20 hrs per week which can get a bit hard if you have a busy class schedule.


  11. "Student Engineer at daktronics inc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Student Engineer in Brookings, SD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule. Great people.

    Cons

    No comment, No comment, No comment.


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