RTI International Reviews

Updated July 4, 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. Great company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at RTI International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly ethincal, family friendly, offers great training and support

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.


  2. Director, Facilities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at RTI International (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company does some amazing work around the world.

    Cons

    Doesn't live up to the stated values. Upper management selects people for technical skills where they should focus on leadership talents. Management has moved the company from a smallish and purposeful organization to a corporate model - it lost something in the transition.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to get to ground level to listen to whats really going on in the trenches. VP's play too many games with their people with the intent of positioning themselves better.


  3. Good place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at RTI International (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ethical, family friendly, flexible, educational, people who are willing to help

    Cons

    I can't think anything worth mentioning


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company; poorly-managed division

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator III in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator III in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, decent benefits, option to telecommute if your job supports it, onsite gym and cafeteria, and a chance to contribute to improving conditions around the world.

    Cons

    The IT division is a mess, and has been for years. A fairly recent CIO change only made matters worse. IT management frequently joked (in a very negative fashion) about non-IT staff and administration. Was embarrassed most days to be in IT.

    Almost no chance for advancement beyond the rare grade promotion. VERY stagnant environment, even with the recent reorganizations.

    For 15 years it was nearly impossible to get fired from IT. Now no one has any job security, unless they are in management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing IT. Get rid of entrenched management. Stop using org chart changes as a shield. Bring back a focus on customer relationships. Eliminate the bean-counter mentality and provide real customer service.


  6. Research Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at RTI International (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked full time as a research coordinator. Although, the position was a contracted position, my role was more extensive than that of a field interview. I got to have my own office.

    Cons

    I worked by myself, there was no one from RTI here


  7. Field Inspector

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Inspector in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Field Inspector in Durham, NC

    I have been working at RTI International part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I love my job, I'm out side, interview fisherman, my locations are marinas, beaches, boat ramps, piers, etc. What a great office! I have lived on Long Island most of my life, and this job has taken me to places that I have never been to before, and they were beautiful!

    Cons

    The contract with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will expire at the end of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Get the contract extended!


  8. Great opportunity to do good work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission. Nice people. Large impact if you can work on the right projects. Good opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Few resources. Lack of ambition in management. Largely funded by government. NGO salaries. Benefits ok. Can be demanding on time.

    Advice to Management

    Create smaller groups of concentrated talent, that have fewer restrictions, broader goals, ambitious ideas that will adapt quickly and excel without the encumbrances of a large organization.


  9. RTI- flexibility and meaningful projects

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTI International

    Pros

    Flexibility, variety, project work that improves the world

    Cons

    processes and systems, limited upward mobility


  10. Support

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

    I worked at RTI International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. I loved the work we did.

    Cons

    PhD's don't necessarily make the best managers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Epidemiologist

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits, wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    Inadequate business models, lack of collaboration, excessive internal competition.



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