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North Dakota State University Fargo Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great school, Great town, Friendly people (in 8 reviews)

  • Students are good, the staff are generally very nice people to work with (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary and high health insurance fees (in 4 reviews)

  • It gets really cold in the winter (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have good equipment for research, in particular in agriculture.

    Cons

    The city has harsh winters.


  2. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at North Dakota State University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work and meet people

    Cons

    No Parking have to walk and pay

    Advice to Management

    Build parking so i dont have to walk and pay


  3. "GOOD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good ambient, fair facility, good evaluating system

    Cons

    Not much diversity, small twon

    Advice to Management

    More equipped lab


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  5. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and people were easy to work with.

    Cons

    For the most part, one person could do the job of three people.


  6. "For international graduate students"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Fargo, ND
    Recommends

    I have been working at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice midwest people to work with.

    Cons

    I've been studying Mechanical Eng. at NDSU for almost 7 years. Most of the faculty does not have external funded projects to support their research, except Dr. Wu who is awarded an NSF project in nanomanufacturing. Therefore, research ability of this school is limited.


  7. "Worst place for research student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of.

    Cons

    If you want to destroy your career then it is the right place for you. Especially if you are an international student then forget about any future prospects let alone a job.
    Don't let anybody fool you, out of 10 only 2 international student gets any phone call. You can check the department's statistics to confirm.
    Everybody has already written about no health insurance and low assistant so there is no need to repeat here. Wish Glassdoor let 0 or negative as a rating


  8. "Good place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Fargo, ND

    Pros

    Great work /life balance
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    the salary is relatively low,
    and the growth space is very small

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing better.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fargo, ND
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    cooperating, favors both student's and employee's satisfaction

    Cons

    Some facilities are not available. Needs ECE dept to be upgraded both in space and equipments


  10. "Go Bison!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you enjoy working in higher education then NDSU is the perfect place for you. Great students, friendly coworkers and a good benefit package.

    Cons

    The location - NDSU is located in Fargo, ND where winter weather can hit in October and last through April and even into May. The temperatures drop below zero and stay there for most of January and February. Add wind chill on top of those subzero temps and it is awful

    Advice to Management

    Add more skywalks!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Robust potential held back by micromanagement of a myopic administration"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Fargo, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at North Dakota State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When you ask anyone that works in the academic institution, the majority will answer steady paycheck and benefits.
    The potential for strong research and academic empowerment is there, like any other higher education institution, if it is under a visionary leadership, which currently it is not, as of 2016.

    Cons

    -People with initiative should look elsewhere. Frustration and stress will set quickly due to a very slow pace and lack of true strategic planning.

    -The institutional administration is not particularly welcoming of people's ideas if they do not hold a doctorate or post-doctorate behind their title. As such, many directors and VP's based mostly their decisions on theory rather than practice or industry expertise.

    -The focus is heavily on athletics. As an academic university, careers should be very focused and oriented toward students and academic development. Academic development is poor and when asked, students that are above the median feel underserved. The campus as of 2016, and since 2010, has had a very conservative administration with very little knowledge about how to empower academics in today's age. They focus, rather, on catering to the fanfare of sports and alumni mixers. This is not what an academic institution needs. Educational leaders, visionaries and people who understand technology appreciate academic success and empowerment of students. They don't just use it to make them look good in social networks.

    -Lack of enthusiasm and caring by people who are close to retirement, coasting to collect a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Welcome ideas other than their own, from all levels within the system. Explore those ideas while building solutions or solving problems, deploy those solutions and learn from that failure. Be transparent. All senior management should take a random course in the classroom and online every year to see if they learn from the experience. This would bring feedback based on reality, not biased surveys or students too burnt out to care.


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