RTI International

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generally good, a little uneven; kind of a blend of academics, government and business.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

I have been working at RTI International full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Very strong loyalty to staff in most departments. Good gender ration, most departments. Very tolerant of gays, lesbians, immigrants and other minorities. Not as many blacks as in the general public. Reasonable salaries. Management with good values & intentions, who try to be fair, rational, principled, etc, and generally succeed. Non-profit in character, but not about philanthropy or losing money.

Cons

Like everywhere, some groups are better than others, and the work experience depends a lot on the immediate neighborhood.
Sometimes there is too much workload on the lower level staff, and too much management burden on routine operations, and apparently a lot of wasted time among management. Even so, better than many other places.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You've heard the saying, "put your money where your mouth is"? Sometimes the vision gets lost in the scramble for more work.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    An interesting place to work, I learned a lot, but the changes that are happening didn't entice me to stay

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC

    I worked at RTI International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Laid back working environment, academic in style
    - Very friendly coworkers
    - Opportunity to learn new skills
    - Good amount of PTO (vaca and sick time is combined)
    - Company sponsored 401K contributes 10% of salary after one year
    - Annual Employee Appreciation Day (used to be hot food, now it's sandwiches)

    Cons

    - Poor management, no "atta boys" AT ALL. This may vary by department/manager
    - Project priorities rarely made clear by management
    - Management is very top heavy
    - Pay is WELL under market value
    - Annual raises in 2010, 2011, 2012 were 1%-3%, no bonus pay
    - Benefit premiums increase every year, STD and LTD salary % went down each year (now 60%)
    - Company used to pay employees when they closed for inclement weather. Now you have to use your PTO to cover your time out - even though you can't report for work
    - No real opportunity for growth or promotion if you have a BA/BS. Management will tell you there is, but when the rubber meets the road, you're stuck where you got hired
    - Perks such as Ice cream days and catered socials are few and far between now, contributing to lowered morale
    - Very clear distinction between the value of PhD employees and those with lesser degrees
    - Every minute of your day is charged to either projects or overhead, and it's your responsibility that you don't use too much OH
    - OVERALL - a company that in the 80' and 90's had a wonderful reputation for work/life flexibility, great benefits, good salaries, opps for promotions, lots of perks, has changed dramatically and is no longer the coveted company it once was

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wouldn't know where to begin, except to say they need to clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    False Sense of Security

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - More Talented Than What Title They Gave Me in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - More Talented Than What Title They Gave Me in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at RTI International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They gave a meager raise every year.

    Cons

    You are only as good as your last kiss-up job to the manager within PSG.
    Unnecessary merger that caused good talented people their jobs in 2010.
    Left with people PSG manager liked and spoke up for during the lay-off candidacy process. Blocked people from coming back as a permanent employees when applying back with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time when you think about acquiring a company to merge with your department and you don't have enough projects/proposals granted or enough work coming in...ask a middle school drop-out if this is a good idea!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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