I worked as a student in the Live Events department. Training began immediately after starting and it was helpful to develop the skills necessary to succeed. Everyone that I worked with was more than willing to help when a problem or question cam up. Learned a lot about how to work in an office environment.
Friendly coworkers, flexible hours, and good pay for a student position
Field Service Engr; Technical Svcs Specialist (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – 29 June 2018
Daktronics was an enjoyable company to work for, providing opportunities for advancement, working with high profile customers, leading edge technologies, and a close-knit family feel. Small enough that you felt like you knew everyone from the manufacturing floor to the executive suite including project managers, sales people, customer service, and account managers. Large enough to have a global presence and opportunities for international travel if desired.
Exciting opportunities, High Profile projects
Wages tended towards the low side of one's earnings potential
The work pace was very constant so it was hard to find yourself getting bored. The management and most of the employees were very kind and understanding. Everyday at work was pretty enjoyable for the most part, working and laughing with coworkers while continuing on with production made work seem to flow by.
Nice place to work, but incredibly difficult to advance into sales career
High Complexity Sales Coordinator (Current Employee) – Brookings, SD – 25 September 2017
At Daktronics you can expect to work the typical 8-5 in a cubical with nice people. It is a demanding environment and you can expect to learn something new every day. Management is helpful with your daily tasks, but does not encourage you to grow personally. The corporate structure is designed to hold you in your current position as long as possible, with a lot of horizontal movement to follow.
Daktronics is a very conservative company that does offer good benefits (other than pay). If you are a conservative person looking for a steady job, comfortable atmoshphere, and are not in a hurry to advance, Daktronics is a solid place to be.
Casual atmosphere, working in sports related industry
International Administrative Student (Current Employee) – Brookings, SD – 11 May 2017
Working at Daktronics has been nothing short of a fun and exciting way for me to grow my skills while still pursuing my college degree. They have always been great about making my schedule fit with my classes along with creating a culture that was open and positive. There was never a day in my department where I felt like I wasn't able to express new ideas or give my opinion on something we were working on. Everyone treats each other like equals despite their job titles and I think there is a lot to say about that.
Student friendly, Flexible scheduling, great benefits, and personable staff.
Hard to advance within the company. There isn't a lot of movement within the company.
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – Brookings, SD – 6 September 2018
Worked here while I attended SDSU. I found the company to be behind in terms of technology and innovation. However, it was helpful corporate experience and my schedule was very flexible which was helpful when finals week came up.
Sales Support Representative (Former Employee) – Remote – 29 August 2018
Something has to be done with the individuals that run their employees ragged. Live event managers are in their own little world and don't hire internally. Nice place to work if you don't like a challenge but you feel dispensable after jumping over hurdles for 5+ years.
This company has a very toxic work environment where the work culture is extremely stressful and unfriendly. The management shows very little concern about the employees and only shows concern for the bottom line/profit of the company.
This is a great place to work if you want a lot of different opportunities to try different jobs. There seems to be a little bit of discrimination depending on if the supervisor likes you versus if you qualify for the job.
Manufacturing Systems Project Manager (Former Employee) – Brookings, SD – 28 September 2012
Like many organizations, they experienced explosive (organic) growth and are now trying to scale back and reallocate resources to be more profitable. Overall, it is a good company, but prior to taking a position, make certain that you are aware of the implicit and explicit expectations for the role you seek. Often there are issues that you will not be made aware of until you are in a situation.
good work-life balance, decent benefits, midwest culture
issues negotiating change and bringing new staff on-board.
N/A (Current Employee) – Brookings, SD – 22 June 2017
There are many different pieces that make up the whole. Some are managed very well, some are managed very poorly. A day varies dependent upon which part of the company you work in. It could be assembly, it could be sales, custodial, personnel, customer service, account management, etc.
The best part of the job is the friendships that you can make with your coworkers and that fact that you have a paycheck at the end of the day (though that paycheck might be shockingly small if you aren't an engineer). The hardest part is that if your manager is horrible or has a chip on their shoulder, you will have no job advancement or future within the company. This is consistent through out the company. If you are lucky enough to have a good manager, you may be able to succeed, if not- you will struggle until the day you leave. Also, nepotism and favoritism is quite blatant and commonplace.
The company started out with the best intentions. The cofounders are great people who wanted the best for their community. Unfortunately, the current management and company heads leave a lot to be desired. The product is good, but unless management improves, they will continue to struggle in the marketplace.
Carefully consider whether or not you want to work for this company.
I enjoy working at Daktronics. I especially love the friendly and family oriented atmosphere. Everyone I work with is usually very cooperative and helpful. I have seen the work environment improve each year while at Daktronics. Management seems very intent on doing all that they can to provide the best possible workplace for all employees.