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Georgia Tech Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
442 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • smart co-workers, knowledgeable advisor, good work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great work environment with some very talented and interesting people (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Not the best work/life balance but it could definitely be worse and you have to be fine living in Atlanta (in 8 reviews)

  • I've heard still no raises yet parking costs and benefits have increased (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus, heart of downtown ATL, awesome professors, talented students all around. Expect great prospects, but also be prepared to work hard, as competition is intense.

    Cons

    Surrounding neighbourhoods can be unsafe for students. No post-doctoral association, and some departments are not required to adhere to the NIH minimum salary scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute NIH minimum wages for bioscience related labs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Serving as a graduate research assistant in ECE at Georgia Tech.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Got some chane to work with smart people.

    Cons

    Always asked to work harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    As a GRA, it is really an advisor-dependent experience, but overall institutional rules and guidelines suck..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech

    Pros

    prestigious university with really good career opportunitites after graduation. Top 5 Research institution in most engineering disciplines.

    Cons

    GRA stipends are small, and they make you pay insurance and student fees. working conditions are sometimes horrible, but that fluctuates a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since you have implicitly become a research company, stop treating GRAs as cheap labor and treat them as scientists!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok place if you are lucky to have a good boss

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition of the school

    Cons

    Cut throat competitive selfish attitudes amongst faculty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct anonymous 360 reviews of leadership,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Postdoctoral fellow taking responsibilities for research model development, overseeing graduate students, and teaching

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Place with high flexibility;
    Many intelligent people;
    Chance to take classes there.

    Cons

    Too relaxed = lazy people = lack of motivation;
    Too much politics in a school environment;
    Wage is ridiculously low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees to develop their careers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Paid the bills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech full-time

    Pros

    * I am getting a free Master's degree
    * I learned an enormous amount about my field, myself, and the facts of life
    * I have a few good colleagues/ friends to add to my rolodex

    Cons

    * Professors often do not know how to work together, and this is crucial for interdisciplinary work
    * This is not always an environment that brings out the best in people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Doctoral students should automatically receive a Master's at the 2 year mark when they defend their thesis proposal - as a blanket policy. Everyone should matriculate with an immutable predetermined proposal defense date, 2 years from their start date. If they fail the defense, they would still get a Master's. The risk of students abusing this policy would be minimal because they still want recommendations. They are not going to just "coast through" - they came to the research from a place of inspiration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for students!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good student environment that really caters to the younger crowd. Flexible hours and work environment enables a good work-life balance. Many different labs and projects allow for switching projects and rekindling the spark of interest.

    Cons

    Lower pay than typical industry jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep high talent, the salary needs to be commensurate. Otherwise, the job would be a perfect transition for a graduating student looking for full-time employment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can find good management, working here is okay. Better than unemployment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    For a non-faculty employee, the best reason to work at Georgia Tech is to be in the Teachers' Retirement System, hands down. Other benefits are available, but expensive. The academic departments are very busy during school, but the presence of the students lends an energy that you can't get anywhere else. Younger employees who want to advance have to take advantage of every possible new opportunity and earn advanced degrees. Remaining long in one department may eliminate any hope of moving up, and those who are politically savvy and have a good work ethic will be successful. If you can get on at GTRI, it is generally the best place on campus, but you must expect to work.

    Cons

    Beginning 2014, the university is entering its sixth consecutive year of no merit raises. The old mantra of "work smarter, not harder," is worn out because the volume of work increases annually, while the hiring moratorium in place for at least the past six years continues on. Morale is low. Little is done to empower staff to find ways to improve their own work situations. Whiners and manipulators have the most power. Those who have time to build retirement elsewhere have already left and the ones in the market to take their places have limited skills, so the quality of the talent pool sinks lower with each passing year. Those with many years' experience are looking to retire as soon as they can unless a miracle happens and they find a better opportunity. It is a disappointment to those who remember Georgia Tech as a real community of support where creativity and quality work was rewarded financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the tough messages with honesty, clarity, and candor. If there are aspects that have to remain confidential, just say so. Staff, both professional and clerical, know when they are being lied to, and once trust is broken, it is difficult to restore. Train your unseasoned managers and tell them exactly what is expected of them. Senior administration, eliminate the con artists - you know who they are, and you know what they are costing the taxpayers of Georgia. The six figure salaries cannot forever be explained away for individuals who do not create jobs for Georgians or bring funding into the Institute. What a shame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good first step, but not somewhere to build a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgia Tech as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work was contract based and thus very diverse and I learned a great deal of MATLAB and other skills which I wouldn't necessarily have needed in an academic lab.

    Cons

    I was essentially a contractor, so I had no job security and wasn't able to get anywhere with respect to getting a full-time/permanent position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great education. I would recommend.

    Cons

    Not any I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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