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Iowa State University Ames Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  • Might be a bit boring if you are from a big city (in 12 reviews)

  • Please review other comments for information on full time positions within the administration (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "ISU Graduate Teaching and Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly enviroment and great way to get a little bit of money, experience, while obtaining your masters or doctoral degree.

    Cons

    Low paying, no room for advancement, and you are only a contracted employee so no pay in the summer time.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more pay, year long employment oppotunity, and 100% tutition paid for master or phd students.


  2. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Assistantship stipend, tuition benefits
    - Decent pay for the cost of living in Ames

    Cons

    - Work could sometimes be taxing if enrolled in 3 or more subjects


  3. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent University, great opportunities, good chemical engineering program, very friendly staff

    Cons

    So far, I have no cons to report


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  5. "It's all about the relationship with your mentor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good professors in my field, good mentor, low cost of living, nice town (not too big or too small)

    Cons

    Very little support for family since many grad students are not married and do not have children. This is the same everywhere as far as I can tell, not just as ISU.


  6. "Lots of freedom, not always worth it"

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    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Contractor - Teaching Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Iowa State University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Incredible freedom
    -Pick your duties each semester

    Cons

    -Very low pay
    -Tiny raises
    -Management can be oppresive

    Advice to Management

    -Appreciate your employees more


  7. "Decent Place for Graduate Student Assistants"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Graduate in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community and atmosphere. Top notch research. Public transportation (Cyride) is very reliable.

    Cons

    You don't get to have any input on what class you are assigned to TA. They don't take into consideration your area of expertise at all. May get stuck teaching a class you know nothing about. Difficult to change major professor inside your own department.


  8. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice school, nice town, good place to study

    Cons

    the weather is unpredictable. need better president


  9. "Center for Survey Statistics & Methodology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support Technician in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - IT Support Technician in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Iowa State University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I get to pick my hours as a student. Location is right on campus.

    Cons

    Finding time to manage school work with tasks at work.


  10. "Grad student in engineering department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ames, IA

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

    Pros

    Easy going
    Great people
    Low cost of living

    Cons

    No access to a big city facility, cold winters


  11. "GRA in Mechanical Engineering Department"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Iowa State University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Campus is a safe and vibrant environment for students
    2. Faculty is very helpful with your needs
    3. Living costs is not that high comparing to Chicago area

    Cons

    1. The location is exactly in the heart of nowhere.
    2. The location got the job hunting is not that easy, the nearest DSM airport will get you any major cities with additional $200 for per round trip.
    3. The career service is not really helpful enough for international students.

    Advice to Management

    Get more state funding support, and reform the current admission expansion to international undergraduate students.


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