Louisiana Tech University Reviews

Updated 20 April 2015
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  1. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ruston, LA (US)

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small town atmosphere, good inter departmental collaboration.

    Cons

    Not too many industry tie ups

  2. Great atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Ruston, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Ruston, LA (US)

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hometown attitude, coworkers feel like family.

    Cons

    work was repetitive, sometimes stressful dealing with changing policies year to year

  3. Beware of recent budget cuts

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Campus is small and people are friendly in general, as in ready to strike a conversation with you any time. The cost of living is low around the campus too.

    Cons

    Because of past and recent (and also on-going) budget cuts, they have been cutting funding/pay for all graduate students, both masters and PhDs.
    Now, offering them a low funding is one thing but what started happening was that they would recruit grad students on the promise of full assistantship when in fact the college is going to fund them for only ONE YEAR and then it'll be up to the student's professor/advisor to pay the student with his or her grant money thereafter. Not all professors at Tech are even aware of it so they hire students thinking the college will fund them and end up having to let them go to other labs or even transfer to other schools.

    Advice to Management

    These are the dark days with higher education budget cuts in Louisiana but be honest about the pay when you recruit graduate students.

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  5. I was a student here for 5 years

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a very good graphic design program. The teachers have a lot of experience in the design world. The campus is very nice.

    Cons

    The job fairs have no companies there looking for graphic designers or artists of any kind. It is mostly engineering and business degrees they are there for.

  6. Small but very active university

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Ruston, LA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Inter disciplinary programs help for research.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, no tuition waivers for grad students

    Advice to Management

    Try to remove red tape, make things simple. Also please provide tuition waivers to grad students

  7. Good working experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is an opportunity of having good career research.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons working at this place.

  8. Very flexible, with a great opportunity to network with important people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Technology Assistant in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Technology Assistant in Ruston, LA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Point of view of your employers is to put school over work. Plenty of time to proritze what you need to do. Great entry level experience for people looking to start on their careers early.

    Cons

    Some days are hectic and busy at the job.

  9. Great place to work, great environment and lots of growing opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Ruston, LA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, great quality of people you'll have to deal with.
    The university is expanding, and there are many opportunities to move up as well.
    Ruston is a great place to raise a family.

    Cons

    Ruston is located in the middle of the Bible belt, therefore is not a party school.

    Advice to Management

    Management have to actively listen and respond to the faculty/student body in their demands to better the school.

  10. Good environment, great people, state higher education budget is awful, and the technology infrastructure is unusable.

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    Current Intern - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Intern - Student Worker - Software Developer in Ruston, LA (US)

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, the program is great (at least Engineering/Science and Business are), new companies are coming in to work with professors and students, and by all accounts the university is growing and improving.

    Cons

    1) It's in Ruston, LA. which is a small town in the South.
    2) Any online system is ancient, unreliable, and borderline unmaintained.

    Advice to Management

    Start a campaign to increase state higher education spending; update your technology.

  11. Avoid coming unless you have family in area or are hired in Engineering or Business Depts.

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    Current Employee - Instructor (Liberal Arts) in Ruston, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Instructor (Liberal Arts) in Ruston, LA (US)

    I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Students are very sincere and respectful; great colleagues; small-town living (if that's your thing); everybody knows everybody (if you like that); mild winters (one to two ice days per annum)

    Cons

    No raises or cost of living adjustments since 2008; cost of living is high (don't listen to what administrators tell you); can't survive on one salary except perhaps if you're alone and don't have to travel (ever) or if you're a coach or Engineering prof; expect to send kids to private schools and pay dearly; no proper daycare facilities for the very young - have to pay for in-home sitter if you don't have relatives available; significantly lower expectations of student capability (despite what they tell you); too many overpaid administrators; promises (even those in writing) are forgotten; easy to get stuck here (who's going to hire you in future, especially if you have tenure?); hot, humid summers that last from May till almost November; no major shops - no mall - in town except for Wal-Mart (and with our workload you can't just drive to closest 'major' cities on the weekend to shop

    Advice to Management

    Give us cost of living adjustments (to compensate for shrinking salary since 2008) and well-deserved raises! The cost of living has steadily increased since 2008 (when we got our last raises) and our salary is now a joke. We only work for benefits, but even those are deteriorating. We can blame Jindal for much of it, but our university seems to be doing well enough for us to, at the very minimum, receive the 12%+ cost-of-living adjustment that we need to survive.

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