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Daktronics Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Daktronics generally promotes a collaborative work environment that encourages employees to work together to help our customers (in 16 reviews)

  • Management does a good job letting employees have a good work/life balance (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 (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. "Software"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Overall good company to work for with good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay isn't always competitive. Workload can be high at times.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  4. "Great culture, struggling with execution"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Department in Brookings, SD
    Current Employee - Service Department in Brookings, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    Respect for co-workers and employees, friendly culture, highly ethical, very well-intentioned

    Cons

    Struggling with product issues and costs, many low performing employees that aren't disciplined, overworked managers and supervisors too busy to see what's happening in their departments

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of meetings, send your supervisors back to their departments and have them supervise the teams they are supposed to be leading. Make performance more transparent and don't allow low performers to hide.


  5. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very friendly team and positive environment to work. Management if very encouraging and grants freedom to manage territory as rep sees fit. Very strong expense account allows for travel as needed and all costs are covered. The company is set up as a work from home environment.

    Cons

    non-commissioned sales, pay is not competitive, not alot of growth potential for field employees. there is a disconnect between the field and corporate offices.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to invest time in the field to fully understand the environment their sales reps are experiencing. More support should be put towards marketing support and driving creative sales incentives. The compensation plan should be more structured so sales knows what they are working for.


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome experience! Employees are very nice. Buildings are new and very clean. I learned a lot of great skills.

    Cons

    Wish there were more locations throughout the united states. Also would of liked more challenging tasks to try.


  7. "Commercial Sales Student"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Daktronics part-time

    Pros

    Daktronics offers good pay for a student job, flexible hours, and looks good on a resume. Good training plans also.

    Cons

    Some of the work I did got very repetitive. I could have handled more responsibility besides just busy work for people.

    Advice to Management

    Give your students more responsibility. They are a huge work force that are just as intelligent as the full-time staff.

    Daktronics Response

    Feb 12, 2016 – Corporate Recruiter

    Thanks for the review! We want our part-time college student employees to be able to focus first on their studies; that is the most important thing. We also encourage students to have multiple work... More

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company with a great intern program. The pay was decent (for an intern) and I learned a lot.

    Cons

    While I believe Dak is a great place to work, it was not a great fit for me, but that is part of what internships are for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what yo're doing. Any time I had problems that required the attention of someone in management, things went well


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Daktronics full-time

    Pros

    For Brookings, SD, you can't find much better

    Cons

    Pay, Benefits (both relative to out of state locations)


  10. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job Security, Solid Products, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Lower pay amongst the industry


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