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Great mission and impact of work but collaboration was poor

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at RTI International full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

+ Projects where you feel like you make a difference.
+ Many outstanding professionals; world class talent.
+ Good diversity of work and opportunities to work on new types of projects with different methods.
+ Professional development is strongly encouraged.
+ Leadership is approachable and supportive.
+ Good onsite cafeteria and fitness center
+ Great opportunity for working from home

Cons

- Collaboration is horrible; plenty of instances of one group within the organization actively undermining another group.
- Challenge of work/life balance and percent sold that exists here and in many other contract research organizations.
- Not an agile organization - they want to venture into new and innovative areas but aren't willing to do that with excellence - on par with the work they typically do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Incentivize collaboration and reward good collaborators. There is talk and awards for collaboration for very large projects but collaboration is not consistently good throughout the organization on all projects.
* Disincentivize poor collaboration - historically poor collaborators should not be retained.
* Invest heavily in innovation, new markets, mergers & acquisitions, and emerging trends - you're investing too conservatively.

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    RTI International

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Durham, NC

    I have been working at RTI International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work environement, plenty of high scientists

    Cons

    any cons great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Observations after more than a decade in survey research at RTI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Flexible work schedule and telecommuting opportunities
    Competitive Salary with annual salary increases
    Nice mission statement and worthwhile research efforts
    Lots of smart capable people
    Ample Paid Time Off (if you can find time to take it)

    Cons

    Poor collaboration between divisions and most divisions do not respect SRD as a whole. Lack of respect for anyone who does not have a PhD in most divisions.
    No work life balance: expect 12-15 hour days 6 days a week 12 months a year with no overtime pay
    No recognition when you pull off miracles or innovations and get highly complex studies in the field, on time, under budget, meet response rate goals and delivery superior data quality. No that is called "achieved" on your review and you will get the same 1-3% salary increase everyone gets.
    Promotions are not based on performance expectations or standards (none of which are very clear and are different for everyone) instead it is all about who your project director and group leader are and if they will go to bat for you.
    Junior to mid level staff never get to enjoy winter holidays- that is crunch time for project launch
    Also more senior never get to enjoy summer as that is proposal season and you are expected to churn those out on top of your 12-15 hour work day
    Fall is presentation season another added expectation on your time and little to no project or overhead money to support the effort nor any reward for the extra effort.
    Huge recent push to have "lean" "fast- start" projects which translates to underbid, understaffed and unrealistic time schedule and results in stressed staff, and poor product and projects end up over budget because things were not properly planned for and designed.
    Morale is getting worse as is the work life balance and culture of leadership.
    Under current leadership do not expect things to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a team of proposal staff so you make sure the best staff are put on every bid effort. Stop slashing proposal budgets especially by cutting labor hours just to win the work and then building in unrealistic schedules to get the work done. We might be able to get it done in lower hours if we have ample time to plan and prepare. But when you ask us to do it with less staff, low hours and compressed schedule well... It is killing your staff, and will end up ruining RTI's reputation. The new leadership (especially SRD) is cold, callus, unapproachable and projects an image that is rigid with very little concern for quality or staff morale. It is all about cutting corners wherever you can. Low spending on start up ends up costing tons more once in the field due to poor planning and design and you overrun anyway and come in way below target response rates so you are not really saving anything. Every one of these "lean projects" is a disaster- wake up. Take the time to do it right up front and save money in the back end. Our mantra should be: Plan, Prepare, Succeed. Not Rush, Cut Corners, Scramble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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