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Great place to get an education; bad place to work

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Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Troy, NY
Former Employee - Administrative Specialist in Troy, NY

I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Best reason to work at Rensselaer is the retirement benefit. You contribute 1% of salary; employer contributes 8%; vested after 3 years.

Cons

Rensselaer treats staff as second-class citizens. Of course students are deemed as important, as it should be at a university. Faculty are routinely heralded by senior administration, though, unless they are "constellation" research faculty that bring in big money via grants, faculty opinions and needs are largely ignored. Staff is underpaid, under-appreciated, and under-resourced. The human resource department provides some professional development and training opportunities for staff that are often well-done and well-received. However, the general feeling, and my personal experience, is that HR is there ONLY to protect the Institute. There is no one, no department, no advocate, to protect or stand up for the staff. When disputes arise between a staff member and a his/her supervisor, involvement with HR will always end with a negative result for the staff member. In addition, promotions have become nearly impossible to achieve. Deans and vice presidents have lost the power to promote their own staff. HR controls promotions under the guise of reviewing/writing properly worded Position Management Tools, a process that is painfully slow and detailed. Annual pay raises for staff members are usually between 2 and 3 percent. In recent years this not only lags behind a cost of living raise, but with the poor salaries that staff members are paid, it doesn't even keep up with the additional cost of putting gas in your car. Also pay raises are merit-based, so you are not guaranteed the 2-3%; if your performance is not at the top of the range, you will get a smaller percentage. It is not unheard of to get less than 1%.

Advice to Management

When the job market begins to turn, Rensselaer will find many staff members leaving because they will be able to find other jobs - better paying jobs at employers with better organizational cultures. Rensselaer needs to develop a culture that cultivates and manages a staff of workers who are well-educated and respected as professionals; who are paid well, treated well, and rewarded for the important work they do. The Rensselaer staff are the glue that hold the Institute together. They are the oil that keeps the machine running. Rensselaer would fall apart without them.

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  1. Very good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The professors give you challenging projects that weave in to your own research very well and they provide the right amount of feedback for you personal enrichment.

    Cons

    The salary is low for the cost of living in New York state. While I am able to save, it is not much.

  2. It is an excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It pays well. Life at Rensselaer is comfortable and cheap. You get to learn a lot at job because of excellent professors with whom you work.

    Cons

    Troy as a place is really dull. there is not much you can do other than hangout at Rensselaer union.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Was an excellent idea to come to Rensslelaer.

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