RTI International Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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RTI International President & CEO E. Wayne Holden
E. Wayne Holden
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Pros
  • Work life balance is achievable in this organization (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits for full-time employees (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of respect for non-graduate degree holders -- see previous sentence (in 5 reviews)

  • No work life balance: expect 12-15 hour days 6 days a week 12 months a year with no overtime pay (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Fairly Good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RTI International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High Power Research carried out. Innovative scientists. Interesting Projects brought in by the proposal team. Flexible work hours allowed.

    Cons

    Relatively less salary. Needs an upgrade on amenities regarding break rooms. Should have better work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Better working conditions and pay to keep the employees determined on working. A more relaxed atmosphere needed to help them focus beter.


  2. The staff of RTI make it unique.

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    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a flexible schedule. The management at RTI is very understanding. The staff has great educational background and intellectual diversity.

    Cons

    There are many processes to do the same thing. At RTI, collaboration is intended but not always realized. Compensation is not always great.


  3. biologist III

    Former Employee - Laboratory Animal Technician III in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Laboratory Animal Technician III in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    this was a good job I worked their for 25yrs.Istarted as a tech and worked my way up to a manger.

    Cons

    when they layoff they get the oldest people first.

    Advice to Management

    be nice to your workers and help them find a job when they are going to layoff.


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  5. Working at RTI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, depending on the group.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to bring in money to cover one's salary.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond obvious to evaluate the talent and position the new generation to succeed.


  6. Review RTI

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company does good multidisciplinary research in many fields, the campus and location is great and is an excellent area for a family

    Cons

    It is a large contract organization and often the emphasis is on getting the next contract vs the work in hand. The work in hand is always reused to keep on a tight budget and scientific research often not pursued to the point of publication

    Advice to Management

    Need to keep a balance between profit and scientific stature. To keep competitive they need to find a way to keep the proposal from being to top heavy but still attract long term employment


  7. RTI International

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexibility and the main campus is really nice.

    Cons

    Little growth potential and some colleagues were cut-throat while others didn't pull their weight.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable and offer growth opportunities if/when possible.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Brief experience

    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Associate in Durham, NC

    I worked at RTI International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing organization with lots of research positions.

    Cons

    RTI bought the company I worked for in 2013. The merger went as well as can be expected.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Stepping Stone Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very flexible. Very safe place to work. People are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Limited Growth for opportunities. Can be stuck in one position for years. Salaries aren't market competitive.


  10. great staff

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    Current Employee - Classroom Observer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Classroom Observer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized, pleasant staff, very helpful, they knew how to receive quality feedback from staff.

    Cons

    the software used for data entry was a bit glitchy


  11. Full of it

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Seems great at first. They offer a lot of "training" but it is all a one size fits all mentality. They aren't really open to exceptions to anything...just one way or the highway approach. You will end up screwed over if you disagree with them on anything or voice true concerns.

    Cons

    Full of it. Different situations based on where you are in the country, but all bs. They do what they want to do. It can be 1 minute into the new quarter, and they are all about telling you how you are behind. I watched a higher up yell and belittle an employee for taking 2 apples instead of 1 during training. Who does that? If they want you gone, you will be gone one way or another to bring in someone that works more or fits better in the geographical location they want. Turnover rate is high, and that is for a reason. I felt betrayed by this company. I gave them a lot of me for 3 years only to be screwed over when they wanted more from me than what I could give.

    Advice to Management

    If you want loyal and productive employees, you need to treat them better. One size does not fit all. If you want a 20 hour work week, don't expect 10 hours of driving time to not count when you hired someone looking for 20 hour work weeks.



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