Georgia Tech Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Laid back, great work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • It was a great work environment and a wonderful learning experience (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is very hard here (in 8 reviews)

  • There are no raises, no additional compensation for extra work (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not so good if you are not a Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can telecommute to avoid the horrendous downtown Atlanta traffic. Co-workers are awesome even though they are overworked and underpaid. Georgia Tech has tight financial controls.

    Cons

    No annual raises. Wide pay bands, so you cannot move to another position and get a raise. For mid-level employees promotion must be to Director level in order to make it to the next pay band and get a raise. Directors at Georgia Tech promote their "favorites" to "associate" directors. Georgia Tech also uses quotas in hiring and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire/promote based on a persons race or sex. Don't externally post positions; when you have already decided who you are going to hire/promote. It's not fair to have people interview for positions when upper management has pre-decided who will be getting the job. Stop creating "Associate/Assistant Directors" who have no employees reporting to them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    my least favorite job in my life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgia Tech

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is pretty relaxed in terms of what you wear, allowing you to leave for a doctor's appointment, and things along those lines.

    Cons

    The culture is defined by the arbitrary use and abuse of power. Everything is just about pleasing some boss or other, and management seldom wants to believe that underlings have anything to contribute. The pressure to work all the time--early, late, at home, etc.--can be intense. Pay is generally pretty good, but can be somewhat arbitrary from one position to the next.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work-life balance; incorporate staff knowledge into administrative decisions.


  3. Quality of life depends on the professor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    As a PhD Student, I could reach out to unlimited sources (companies, projects, researchers) in the campus and city.

    Cons

    The culture of institute is not friendly. To get things going, professors become extremely harsh.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to care more about the quality of research student life.


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  5. There's a reason that being a graduate student is a temporary thing.

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are some amazing resources available on campus, whether that be the field experts in each department, the library, or the equipment.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, your experience is in large part shaped by your advisor, and not all advisors are created equal. I have experienced advisors who were completely disconnected from the work. I have experienced advisors who were so focused on the research that they seemed to forget that there was a human being on the other end of it. Choose carefully.

    Advice to Management

    Occasional positive feedback can do wonders to motivate your students. Please provide that amid the criticism.


  6. No Money. Few advancement opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Georgia Tech

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

    Pros

    Good culture. Good benefits. Good location.

    Cons

    Not competitive salary ranges. Cap on promotions and raises. Little room for advancement, unless you have an in with upper management. then Anything can be Passed through the system.

    Advice to Management

    Reward ALL your hardworking employees with raises, not just management. Not just when they are threatening to leave. As small or big as you want. Money motivates people to continue working hard. A lack of, creates unhappy, lazy, unmotivated employees.


  7. Library Security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Library Security in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Library Security in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Co-workers and students are great.

    Cons

    The new management teams practice Jim Crow!

    Advice to Management

    Practice what GA Tech stands for...We aspire to be an Institute that pursues excellence and embraces and leverages diversity in all of its forms. “In the years ahead, we must continue to enhance a culture of collegiality, close collaboration, global perspective, intercultural sensitivity and respect and thoughtful interaction among a community of scholars that includes all of our students, faculty, and staff.”


  8. Great for new grads, not much more

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Projects Specialist I in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Digital Projects Specialist I in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn the ropes of working in the university system.

    Cons

    You're working for the government, don't expect advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the office more like a business, less like a charity.


  9. Graduate Researcher at Georgia Tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good facilities,expert Professors,green campus,lots of recreational activities.

    Cons

    No hierarchy,no concept of work-life balance,Foreign nationals run risk of being "exploited",start-up culture can result in student's research being commercially sold for no benefit for the student "reserachers.

    Advice to Management

    Establish good hierarchy,advice foreign nationals beforehand if project requires US citizenship or any sort of clearance.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Some good and some bad...depends on where you land

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Professional
    Former Employee - Senior Professional

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    As an employee GA Tech's academic side is great to work for. There is a lot of excitement, talent, and funds to keep life exciting. The campus is beautiful and generally the other staff are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    The business side of Tech is a bit different. The various business units operate as individual entities, and the bottom line is everything. Devisions such as OIT continually get stuck in red tape and politics, consistantly getting mired down and not accomplishing goals. Unfortunately there are also many employees...legacy employees...that will not grow into the present, relying heavily on the 'old way' of doing things. If you get stuck in one such department you will spend much of your time trying to determine why things have to be so complicated. Also as a state institue the budgets are directly effected by Georgia's state budgets. For the last three years I was there employees did not receive annual merit raises, yet tuition continued to increase annually. Regardless of status (hourly and salaried) Tech is very stingy with vacation/paid time off and sick leave as if it were a personal affront.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, put your big boy pants on, and get it done. In other words, just do what has to be done, including letting go of dated staff, modernizing processes, and taking GA Tech to a higher level.


  11. Good but need some minor fixes

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech

    Pros

    Accepted for PhD, and good in terms of education but some professors needs to leave.

    Cons

    Was contacted by a professor even before learned that I will receive acceptance and he wanted to work with me. Then I started working with him but fired me after first 5 month without any warning or whatsoever. He was running out of funding and wanted me to look for another adviser. Although there were 8-10 professor working in my area due to bad timing next years students were already offered acceptance and when one professor fires others do not want to work with you. I had to switch to another area which caused me to loose all my desire to do PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that once a student is accepted help them to stay in same area and do not let them fear for loosing funding.



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