RTI International Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
113 Reviews
3.6
113 Reviews
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RTI International President & CEO E. Wayne Holden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is achievable in this organization (in 11 reviews)

  • Very flexible, good benefits, many potential collaborators within the organization (in 10 reviews)


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

  • For a non-profit they seem to put a big emphasis on money (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good solid company with good salary and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Houston, TX

    I worked at RTI International part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary. Good training. Good support from supervisors ( not managers.) Great pay and good benefits.

    Good temporary job for college students; not a career type position.

    Cons

    Lots of walking and carrying. They want you to work pretty much every weekend. They want you to work 3 - 9 pm 5 days a week. No upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it is unconscionable to fire someone who was hurt on the job. I don't understand how you live with yourself making this decision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment.

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

    I worked at RTI International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunities exist for professional advancement and continuing education depending upon the division in which you are employed. Great coworkers and work to improve life around the globe. Work life balance is achievable in this organization.

    Cons

    The ebb and flow of conducting work for government contracts can be an issue at times especially when the government shuts down, obviously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always strive to be more open minded in efforts to keep creativity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTI International

    Pros

    Experience in leading public health research institute. Employees are passionate and driven. Projects are inter-departmental and collaboration is therefore encouraged. Flexible hours in regards to working from home.

    Cons

    Training and expectation prior to internship could have been more in depth. Expectation of work was not that clear in the beginning and criticism could have been more constructive.

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  5.  

    Very nice place to work!

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Durham, NC

    I have been working at RTI International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Its a cultural place. So many different people from different cultures, love learning new things.

    Cons

    Just being able to understand the importance of trying to make people lives better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me full time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working with a Purpose

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at RTI International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    RTI International is a great place for people who wish to pursue a meaningful career. As an engineer, I never imagined that I could use my expertise to aid in projects which touch so many disciplines (human health and exposure, regulatory affairs, etc) on an international scale. RTI offers great benefits for employees and allows its employees flexibility in their working schedule. The culture is friendly and nurtures innovation.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, RTI generally pays lower than an equivalent commercial position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Matrix Management Ensures Infighting

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at RTI International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are early or mid-career than you can think of RTI as SAIC-Lite. A government contractor small enough that you can probably move from project to project easily.

    Cons

    RTI has matrix management on top project management. So you need four dimensional space to understand where you are. It also does the 360-review, poorly! You can have people you interacted with very little reviewing you. Also, even though RTI is not an "up and out" company, people use the annual review process to "get even" with others. Also, things were so screwed up when I was there, I didn't even know who my supervisor was and it was a surprise at who did the review!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the review process quick and simple. Also make sure that everybody knows who works for whom. Adjust salaries based on merit and seniority. If a person is running a $20,000,000.00 project, then understand the government trusted them - Sr. management should as well instead of bringing in a "project manager" which and impede work and act as spy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great goals and vision, outdated practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RTI International as an intern

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -balance life/work
    -commitment to promote education trough publications and material
    -friendly environment

    Cons

    -outdated work practices
    -miscommunication among departments
    -intrusive micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Update the management practices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Ok company if you have a PhD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RTI International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No upward mobility; nothing outside of your desk

    Cons

    Some Directors are surprisingly rude and insensitive to human issues.

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

    Flexible and engaging work, but demanding for Sr staff on team. Great team dynamics, limited financial upside

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at RTI International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    RTI has a collegial and supportive culture, the work is always different and interesting. Working for a mission driven organization has its upsides. Lots of opportunities and support to learn new things. The organizational structures are pretty flat - you boss could work on a project for you - and there tends to be very little politics in our group. If you want to work internationally there are opportunities.

    Cons

    Working as a consulting group within a non-profit institute puts some constraints on the ability to take risk, grow the business. There are no commissions or bonuses. Within in the centers there are limited opportunities for big promotion because the org structures are flat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Large Research Organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    RTI contains both non-profit and for-profit departments, so it offers wide variety of work and people. It is very diverse and most people are respectful and professional. Work schedules are fairly flexible, which is great!

    Cons

    There are many different business units within the organization, so if you want to get to know the whole organization, it would require extra effort to assertively seek out network beyond one's comfort/cubicle zone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management people are fair, professional, and understanding (based on my experience).

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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