RTI International

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Interesting Work, Admirable and Decent Coworkers

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at RTI International full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

* work is interesting and challenging
* coworkers are unusually likely to be smart, diligent, and fair
* often open to flexible schedules and alternative work location plans, provided structure and accountability

Cons

- pay sometimes low for the level, volume, and intensity of work
- revenue, and thus job security, varies over time and is largely dependent on vagaries of federal clients' budgets,

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    GREAT WORK EXPERIENCE, ANTISOCIAL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTI International as an intern

    Pros

    -Involvement on several proposals/projects
    -Fast-paced, busy, requires work of intern
    -Interesting research projects
    -Get to attend lots of interesting events

    Cons

    -OFFICE IS EXTREMELY ANTISOCIAL, people do not interact face-to-face and just e-mail from across the office, no one goes to even get lunch together
    -Work comes and goes in waves, many days very busy other days nothing to do
    -Too many interns to allocate tasks to
    -UNPAID

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Pay interns at least a stipend if you're requiring them to work 20+ hours a week
    -Create semester-long projects for interns to fall back on when they don't have work to do
    -Hire only the essential amount, do not hire part-time interns when you have full-time ones that will do everything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It used to be better

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

    I have been working at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours. Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Like other have said, if you don't have a PhD, then the management and powers that be really treat you on a lower level. I have heard a lot of griping about spending so much time on writing proposals, mainly because most of the contracts are with the federal government, and a lot of red tape is involved. A lot of good people have left because of this. The departments also seem to reorganize every other year. It's hard to keep up with who does what and even what department you are in now because of this. A lot of new vice president positions are created as a result, while the other employees have to take on more work for the same pay. Also, there is really a lack of communication from the top down. It seems the head of departments are the last to know of anything that is going on. And even the supervisors in some departments just stay in thier office all day instead of at least walking around and saying hello to everyone. Yet, they are somehow supposed to know what is going on.

    The pay is another big problem. The raises have become less and less, while the insurance premiums have continued to rise for the last few years. They implemented a new salary system a few years ago, too, that makes it harder to get a decent raise if you are near the top of the scale for your title. The only way to continue to get a decent raise is to get a promotion, but then some departments don't go but so far up before you have to become a manager or supervisor. So, if there is no need for another supervisor or manager, then you are just stuck. Instead of being rewarded for being a loyal employee and just doing your job well for so many years, you just have to keep getting a 1% or 2% raise until you are promoted. When it comes to the annual review, you have to evaluate yourself and tell what you did all year and try to persuade the supervisor and those above them that you deserve a raise. I thought it was the supervisor's job to know what you did all year. Also, the people above them that actually make the decision about the raise or promotion don't even work with you and have no idea what you did besides what you wrote on your self-evaluation. And they don't give out bonuses because it's a not-for-profit company. Instead, they give awards, and then they take taxes out of it, so you end up with half of what your award was for.

    They built new big new office buildings on the main campus in the last couple of years, and ever since then it seems the company has been very tight on the budget. They want everything charged to project or overhead, but the amoutn of overhead for each quarter is ver little. Also, since most of the work is with the government, they have had to deal with budget cuts because of the economy. Your job security really depends on the people they have writing the proposals, and they don't have enough people to handle all of the proposals.

    Even with the new office buildings, everyone in RTP is not on the main campus, even though it was said before they were built that the goal was to get everyone in RTP on campus. Being on campus is nice because they have a fitness center and cafeteria. and you feel more like you are a part of RTI. Instead of getting everyone on the main campus that worked in other offices in RTP, they actually moved some workers farther away from the main campus to Capital Blvd, which is a much less desirable location, and the office space is a lot smaller. This just leads to lower morale and a feeling of being isolated from the company. Also, it meant most employees that moved had to commute a lot farther and longer to work. Oh, and the people that moved to the Capital Blvd location found out via email on a Friday five minutes before 5:00.

    The company also separates employees into salaried and hourly workers. They actually changed some folks from salary to hourly a few years ago, taking away their paid holidays. If the company is closed on a holiday, the hourly folks have to use PTO if they want to get paid for that day. Also, the salary workers are the only ones that are eligible to work from home, even though some of the work done by hourly folks could be done from home if allowed. There are empy offices on main campus because of folks that work primarily at home, yet they won't use those offices instead for those that are not allowed to work at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of needless things like others have said, like flat screens that noone uses, and put more money into compensation and benefits. Also, if you are going to cut back on the social events and appreciation lunches from hot meals to just sandwiches made in the cafeteria, just get rid of them all together and put that money into compenation and benefits, too. Quit reorganizing the departments all the time. Employees can't even tell who they work under anymore. Treat EVERY employee the same, not just value the ones with a PhD. Hire more people to get business from other places besides the government. RTI has become so dependent on government contracts, which involve a lot of red tape and low job security. Communication within the company needs to improve a lot. I think a big problem is the company has become so big but still trying to be a not-for-profit company. Maybe it is better to become a company for profit now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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