Geocaching (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – June 6, 2019
Geocaching was the easiest job I've ever had. It didn't require an interview. I was given ample instruction and time to figure out the software, and then I was good to go. I was able to work at my own pace and take breaks when I wanted.
Communications Specialist III (Current Employee) – Ames, IA – June 4, 2019
It seems that either they peg you as a product and don't see you as anything but, or they simply don't want to replace you if you receive a promotion. Most jobs are filled before they are posted, so qualified candidates rarely get an interview.
General Worker (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – June 1, 2019
While my employment at ISU was a part time job as a student, it was obvious great pride was taken in keeping things running smoothly and cleanly. While I had no interest in advancement, there was opportunity in the form of manager promotion accessible to any employee. In all, ISU was a good place to work, but I doubt I will be returning.
TEACHING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – May 26, 2019
A typical day at work is really fast-paced and intense however very exciting and productive. It brings many challenging tasks but with the help from the main staff and the instructors, it makes working at the university a great experience.
Custodian 1 (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – May 13, 2019
Co-workers are your friends, at least some of them. There are some people that have been working there for over 20+ years, and have had absolutely zero advancement working as a Custodian.
The pay is just above the average jobs in Ames, being at $13.04 hourly. However, it can't even pay for the cost of living by yourself here in Ames, because they take most of your money away "thanks" to benefits. So, in reality, you make around $1700 a month. If you are trying to support a family, don't work here unless you have another spouse also working. This job doesn't cover any necessities, especially if your have student loans to pay off.
They also force you to work "mandatory weekends," therefore, you are forced to work 12 full days before you get a weekend off. The management is terrible, they don't care about you at all. In fact, they don't even know you exist because you are at the lowest pay grade scale.
There's also no "promotion" or pay increase for doing a good job. Just make your areas "look" average. Don't work too hard if you decide to work here. There's no reason to be the best because you get nothing out of it.
There are 2 supervisors that are decent, the weekend supervisor (2019) as of right now is absolutely garbage. The worst kind of person to really ask any questions because you just get yelled at, literally.
Getting time off is easy, as long as you ask weeks ahead of time. However, if you ask for a half day, it is quite easy to get. You get 12 hours of sick leave per month, and 8 hours of vacation time per month. Save your vacation and sick timemore... for the summer, trust me, you don't want to work during that time. It's gross, hot and awful.
This is a very laborious job. If you want something relaxing, look else where. If you want to be paid $30k and above, look else where. If you want to clean for a living, take this job. It has great benefits and is likely to still be here within 20 years.
My advice to younger people 20's - 30's, go back to school. Get a graduate degree and move the heck out of Iowa!less
Staff (Current Employee) – Ames, IA – April 19, 2019
Fir being a part time job where you can only work 20 hours a week you get paid a decent wage, but it really isn't enough to afford rent on a monthly basis, but it does help you earn money over the semester. The scheduling is very flexible for students if something is to come up
Peer Mentor (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – April 18, 2019
This was just a small temporary job to get extra experience and money while I attended school here. I peer mentored in the AST/ITEC department and all of the higher ups are very kind, understanding, and easy to work with.
GALLERY INTERN (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – April 9, 2019
When I was a part of the internship, it was part of a course offered at Iowa State. It was a fairly new concept, so it was a bit rocky as are all new programs. It was average all in all, and I'm not really sure if I gained anything out of it
Instructional Designer (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – April 9, 2019
In my time here, I have met with my supervisor/director multiple times to ask for more work because all of the work has been given to the people who studied at Iowa State. I even begged to be put on committees so that I could serve my department better, but my director ended up putting my two co-workers on 3 more committees.
Extremely isolating for non-Iowa State alums. Within my three years here, no pay raise at all.No chance of advancement.
Great place to experience many types of job responsibilities
Department Head Secretary (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – April 6, 2019
Since it's been over 35 years ago that I worked at ISU, it is hard for me to answer the questions on the previous page as to what ISU offers their employees today. I do know that I was able to be promoted within the University as I gained skills and I felt very much appreciated by my various department heads; they always encouraged me to do more and offered me many opportunities to show that I could do anything I set my mind to.
Ability to attend events at ISU
Pay range could have been better, but again this was many years ago.
Destination Iowa State Team Leader (Former Employee) – Ames, IA – February 28, 2019
Training was mediocre however, once you are with the students you have a good chance to enjoy planned activities. This included hypnotist, picnic on the lawn, ISU AfterDark, Informational sessions, comedian, etc.