Louisiana Tech University
3.7 of 5 26 reviews
www.latech.edu Ruston, LA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Louisiana Tech University Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014

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Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau

Dan Reneau

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

ProsGreat entrepreneurial spirit; supportive and a lot of room to try something new. Fantastic community and pleasant staff to work with

ConsLimited advancement opportunities. Budget cut causing freeze of salaries

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Great people, but the State is leading the charge to the bottom in continual slashing of budgets.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMost folk are here because they feel called to teach.

ConsAdmins mouth "we are family" while finding ways to cut people without technically firing them (so they can say they didn't fire people). Budgets are murder - we rank at the bottom in the nation for pay, and not only is pay very low with no raises for 6 years, but operating budgets are cut so that we have to buy supplies from our own pockets. One colleague is thinking of applying for food stamps. Most of us have cut back on phone, cable, whatever we can. And still no raises. Work loads increase; more students per class, more paperwork (as administrative assistant positions are not filled). Overloads pay less now than in the past. Morale is low and continually getting lower. Though upper management are some of the highest paid public workers in the state. The inequality gap is increasing to an unsustainable level.

Advice to Senior ManagementOne time budget outlays for building while operating budgets continually cut and no raises - how about bonuses for the rank and file?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time

Prosgood work environment for work and school

Conslow pay as graduate students still pay in-state tuition

Advice to Senior Managementgood work environment but stipend is low

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Graduate level engineering and science program lack identity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University for more than 3 years

ProsTuition is cheaper compared to other universities

ConsGraduate programs are not well managed, lack any kind of identity and it makes you wonder if they really want to keep the programs functional in the coming years. Not enough courses are offered at grad level, and the ones that are offered don't make you feel you really worked hard for the grades, just easy A's. Assistantship package for a grad student is ridiculously low, and nobody really cares to make any kind of improvement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very positive, developed a professional atitude

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time for more than a year

Prosgreat funds, good professors, good working environment

Consvery demanding, strict, quarter system very bad

Advice to Senior Managementtry to increase the rank of the college

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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its ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University

Proscost effective, good weather, research

Consrural, remote, politics, low quality professors

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I did MS in CS, Math and PhD in CAM

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time for more than 3 years

Prosenvironment is good, place is serene

ConsVery low assistantship, not sufficient for phd students

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should increase the assistantship for grad students

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Phd students live like rats,

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University part-time for more than 5 years

Prosdecent education for the money they charge undergraduate students

ConsThe stipend for PhD students is miserable. And this is probably the only school in the country where PhD students have to pay full tution even after finishing their required courses. I literally lived like a rat , scavenging for food, getting into debts and barely making it through school. No health benefits too. Monetarily, this is perhaps the worst school for a PhD graduate student to be in and I will not recommend this school to any one unless they remove tution and give a decent stipend.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemove instate fees for PhD candidates and offer discounted housing+health insurance plan+ food plan that would offset the low stipend amount being paid.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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State budget issues are killing higher education

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBoth the faculty and staff you work with are generally nice and pleasant. The atmosphere is relaxed. You don't have to fear trying something and making a mistake.

ConsThere are limited advancement opportunities. Due to state budget issues salaries have been stagnant for about five years. There are no benefits beyond medical, dental, vision, etc. There's little money for training or professional development.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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So far, so good. But where do we go from here?

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ruston, LA (US)

I have been working at Louisiana Tech University full-time for more than 8 years

ProsPleasant working environment
Family like atmosphere
Good benefits such as PTO, insurance, and retirement
Great tuition discount for employees children

ConsBecause of state budget cuts, pay increases stopped five years ago.
State govt. red tape can be a pain sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the folks at the bottom. Their opinions count too.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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