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Drake University Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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  1. "Student"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stduent in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Stduent in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great customization, nice staff and professors, high quality education

    Cons

    Class size, less connections


  2. "Low Pay - Depends on Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gallery Assistant in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Gallery Assistant in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly Supervisors, getting to work with friends, flexible hours

    Cons

    extremely low pay, 20 hours a week maximum

    Advice to Management

    more hours, higher pay, for the amount students are paying in tuition and what not, you can stand to pay your student workers $2 more.


  3. "Best student job at Drake University, especially if you love sports"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Intramural Supervisor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Junior Intramural Supervisor in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Drake University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn leadership and conflict management skills.
    - A great way to earn money officiating and supervising sports you love. Even if you don't know a particular sport, there are paid training sessions to help you officiate effectively.
    - Great team to work with!

    Cons

    - Night shifts can be particularly brutal at times. Some sports might have games that end as late as 10.30pm and cleaning up and keeping the equipment back could take another 30-60 minutes. This however are quite rare.


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  5. "Student Ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the work environment, everyone is friendly in the office. It is easy to develop relationships and find mentors within the office. In addition, ambassadors are given a lot of agency and leeway when it comes to tasks.

    Cons

    Giving tours in below zero is probably the most difficult thing about the job. Other than that, the job is really the best work study job on campus.


  6. "Lab Tutoring"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tutor in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Tutor in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Drake University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a lab tutor, we had consistent hours, a lot of autonomy, and a nice study space to work in. We could study when we had downtime.

    Cons

    University wages are low, essentially a dead end job, no opportunities for advancement, students come in waves.

    Advice to Management

    Pay tutors better, and you will keep them longer. The best tutors are highly marketable, and will probably be snapped up after a semester or two.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Drake University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are there because they truly do care about student learning
    I worked under great management
    Some flexibility in schedule (if you're hourly)
    Benefits package
    Winter break off
    Hub of election events

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive at all
    Not very innovative place to work for
    We've been trying to implement a new curriculum for years, with no luck due to bureaucracy; it takes too long to make change happen
    Lack of ethnic diversity + mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Your leadership is exactly what Drake needs. I'm optimistic for the positive change you're helping us move towards. Keep doing what you're doing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Great community and work environment

    Cons

    Constantly working - very unique and odd hours


  9. Helpful (1)

    "ITS Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University full-time

    Pros

    There are some non-management staff that does have an interest in making the environment better but they are far and few between. Most hang out for a paycheck and keep their head down.

    Cons

    The new CITO has transformed the place into a sweat shop. The salaries are lower than anywhere in town which in the Des Moines market, guarantees you will get staff who are second-tier. The expectation is that you will work well beyond your 40 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Create career paths for those of us who want to climb the ladder. The people who do the work should get credit rather than the person only at the top proclaiming success and taking credit for others work. Stop catering to the passive aggressive people who want to blame ITS for everything.


  10. "A good environment to work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Drake University (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice facilities and nice co-workers

    Cons

    Lots of change throughout the teams happens as a result of change in management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your higher managers with better pay and you won't lose skillful employees


  11. "Adjunct Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DU treats its adjunct instructors quite well. They offer paid opportunities to present research to the faculty ($350) for feedback.

    Cons

    As with every other adjunct situation, compensation is very low: $1000 per credit hour. They only offer work by the semester.



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