Georgia Tech Research Institute

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Georgia Tech Research Institute Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
62 Reviews
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Georgia Tech Research Institute Vice President of Georgia Tech and Director - GTRI Dr. Robert T. McGrath
Dr. Robert T. McGrath
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management honors maintaining work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • variety of projects (defense, transportation, agriculture, etc (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • When the going was good with DoD contracts, hired lot of people (in 2 reviews)

  • If you are not doing research (support functions), there is a general lack of motivation (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance
    - Quirky office culture; not right for everyone
    - Very smart people/cutting edge tech
    - Lots of creative freedom
    - Fantastic benefits as others have stated
    - There is a challenge for every skill level

    Cons

    - There aren't many advancement opportunities
    - Work environment can get almost too laid back, at times
    - Not much of a "culture". People most kept to themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very interesting.

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    Current Employee - Student Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Student Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff, excellent opportunities, very convienient for college students, losts of good experience, good student pay, great for Georgia Tech and Georgia State University (especially the CS program) students especially when in school to co-op or intern.

    Cons

    There are no free snacks or drinks, and any lunch options aren't very close by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plese provide free snacks and drinks for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Close to school, work life balance

    Cons

    Not many female engineers, hard to fit in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start your career...

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer I  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer I in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very liberal policies in hiring new grads (beyond US Citizen requirement, anyway), lots of time off. Starting salaries are competitive for the area, and you can't beat their graduate school benefits if going for an MS in engineering.

    Good place to bank experience and a MS degree for the future, and it looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Almost all work is federal contracts, usually interfacing with or maintaining older hardware, but you do use relatively modern hardware to interface with it.

    Salary growth and bonuses are non-existent due to state government political climate, which probably won't change any time soon. You are not even *eligible* for your first promotion until 5 years out of school and finishing your MS degree, which is unusual for an entry-level position and is difficult to explain on your resume if you leave before getting to RE2.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to make GTRI a more attractive mid-career option. Lots of attrition after people finish their MS due to lack of salary growth.

    A non-MS promotion level before RE2 would be a good start, then maybe some steps between the current RE2 and SRE. And I'm sure the SREs would appreciate some grades in there before PRE.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Only focused on research, not people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute part-time

    Pros

    Office environment isn't bad, and research is cutting-edge. Willing to pay for advanced schooling and certification programs.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than the private sector, and work is very fast paced. If you're on a contract, your schedule is definitely NOT flexible in any way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for research, bad as a business

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flex time: most researchers have flexible hours and can come and go as they see fit
    Benefits: great 401K match that vests immediately or a pension plan that vests after 10 years
    Access to facilities on campus: Discounted sports tickets, rec center membership, ext
    Cutting edge research: between GTRI and the university, access to a tremendous amount of equipment and academia
    Option to pursue cost-free advanced degrees: GTRI will pay for a graduate degree from a state-school in return for 2 years of work; advanced degrees = 6% pay raise

    Cons

    Salary: pay raises require approval from Georgia's state legislation, bonuses are few and far between; if hired, do not expect to be promoted for at least 8 years; for many, the best way to get a raise is to quit, earn more money in the private sector, then return to GTRI and command a hire rate
    Work sourcing: all projects are operated on a tight and regularly audited budget; project directors typically source work from less expensive and less experienced student assistants, rather than senior, more knowledgable engineers
    Culture: very closed door and isolated; most employees prefer to come in, get their work done, and leave; minimal small talk or office banter
    Lack of diversity: nearly everyone looks, dresses, and acts the same
    Lack of clear standards: from the HR department to the Accounting department, GTRi has no clear standards with respect to initiating actions or processing paperwork
    No interest in initiating standards: as is typical for most government jobs, creating efficiencies is frowned upon because efficiencies may mean eliminating jobs; rather, employees are content to sit on work or do a poor job of it because they're required to work 8 hours/day and there are no rewards for working faster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more diversity to the culture. I witnessed blatant homophobia while at GTRI. Moreover, the place is full of 'old southern white guys'. There are very few women or people of color employed at GTRI in leadership positions.

    Treat GTRI like a business. Employ MBAs, not engineers acting as MBAs. Or, require engineers to undergo in-depth business training (1/2 day courses are not sufficient).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Engineers, shaky values.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They support your educational endeavors, and they are inclusive for the most part. When management chooses to be transparent, they do a really good job at it.

    Cons

    Depending on the division the atmosphere is very bland. Not a lot of upward movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with your hiring process. How do you expect to get good engineers if you yank them around for "2 months"?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    salaries

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute

    Pros

    great if you are research titled

    Cons

    not great if you are staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good combo of academic environment with applied research 'company' doing interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Pre  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Pre in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Outstanding education benefits, good vacation & sick leave policy, solid compensation for those with Masters and PhD degrees, overall very entrepreneurial environment (especially considering a 1500+ person organization), chance to often do meaningful work that makes a difference in the state/country/world, most staff are technology focused and thus offer interesting opportunities for peer collaboration with talented individuals.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility once you've become a mid-level manager or Principal technical person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to embrace entrepreneurial spirit and listen to the senior- and principal-level research staff who know sponsors the best and work with them the most.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    co-op

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute

    Pros

    Everyone is really friendly and wanting to show you how things here are done. They have plenty of people here with years of experience and knowledge that are willing to teach you if you are willing to learn.

    Cons

    Waiting on the security clearance. Unfortunately it takes a while due to the number of applicants vs. the number of investigators.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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