As a grad student, you're pretty much slave labor. Poor pay, benefits, management
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee), Ames, IA – July 26, 2012
Pros: no tuition
Cons: awful healthcare, no management accountability, poor pay, poor working conditions.
I can't even begin to describe my dissatisfaction with this university. We had to fight tooth and nail just to get pay raises to keep up with rising housing costs in town. The health benefits are good if you get the sniffles, but heaven help you if you have a serious illness. The university aims to keep all complaints off the books through informal – more... discussions, so no one is ever held accountable for poor management decisions. The physics department is run as an old-boy's club (no domestic female graduate students have entered in the past 4 years). They simply don't take their students' concerns seriously, and their interest is entirely in maintaining the faculty.
Also, it's grad school. You may be paid for "half-time" (ie, 20 hour work week) but if you don't put in at least 60 hours a week, apparently you're doing it wrong. – less
Office Assistant (Current Employee), Ames, IA – July 9, 2012
Pros: field trips to different parts of the states.
Cons: set hours of work
My typical day at work is taking pictures of students in the process of doing their research project. I also assist in daily activities. I work with assisting students in the Latin Center at Iowa State University. I have learned to make videos using IMovie. My co-workers are from all different parts of the world and we all bring something different – more... to the job. The most enjoyable part of my job is that I am able to meet new people and work in various environments. The hardest part of my job is being able to communicate with co-workers and the supervisor. – less
Creative and inspiring place with a lot of interesting people
Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Current Employee), Ames, IA – June 8, 2012
Pros: amazing campus
Cons: environment is a bit more relaxed than in industry, which can be both good and bad
I think this is one of the best places I have ever work during my life. One thing that makes it particularly attractive is people that work here. They come here with different background, bringing new knowledge and experience, not to mention culture. Environment is friendly and collaborative, which allows anyone to grow up professionally and personally. – more... You can learn a lot and very diverse things. – less
President and Captain, ISU Cyclone Hockey Club (Former Employee), Ames, IA – May 17, 2012
- Played hockey for four years - Workouts in the morning - Practice in the afternoons (3:30pm-5:00pm) - Games Fridays and Saturdays (7:00pm) - Learned valuable leadership and teamwork skills while playing there
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Ames, IA – May 9, 2012
Pros: very flexible
Cons: sometimes too flexible
The graduate courses given are great with some really bright Professors. As for my work as an RA the professor I worked under was vary flexible and had me work on a variety of projects. I became very proficiency in data management and some statistical software. The hardest part was scheduling this work around the normal PhD course work.