Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • The campus is beautiful and the college is cutting edge and reputable (in 4 reviews)

  • Prominent, rising engineering school (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • It is at least three hours from nearby big cities and there are not many other academic institutes (in 3 reviews)

  • High turnover of dissatisfied employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great minds at work

    Cons

    Some of those minds are too busy to remember you exist


  2. Great employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and They certainly have great benefits that are worthwhile.

    Cons

    One of the downside is obtaining a good raise.

    Advice to Management

    Please look to hire from within. There are many talented individuals within the organization and it is quite difficult to get promoted.


  3. Research at RPI

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good research community and facilities, some highly reputed professors in academia and industry, very good working environment

    Cons

    Career path restricted, small school means a small career fair, competition with some big name schools like Cornell, MIT nearby


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  5. RPI

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in one of the research centers/ institutes is great experience for a guaranteed pay/ hour.

    Cons

    Changes or improvements move glacially. An easy and good idea can take months to implement when all that was needed was a memo asking for the change.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer with institute guidelines.


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    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ravena, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ravena, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice pay, nice place to work, nice people. very good benefits.

    Cons

    Stuck in administration ALL THE TIME. Can't get anything done without huge waste of time. HR is terrible, worst than most places, totally unprofessional.


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    Administrative Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with great people. Retirement plan match is excellent 8% on 1% contribution. Medical is affordable.

    Cons

    Raises are pretty much non-existent. 1% on average. 2% is considered a great year. Heard that this year will be 0.3%. Paid time off (PTO) is pathetic when you are new. First year you get 18 days, however the institute is closed the week of Christmas and they make you use your PTO days during that time which is 4-5 days. That leaves you with potentially 13 days for the year. This is all inclusive of vacation, sick and personal time. It's not nearly enough for anyone with a family. Human Resources is a joke. They are not responsive to the employees needs/suggestions. They take forever to post a job when someone leaves. They seem to be a pawn for the president.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees suggestions. Give people a reasonable amount of PTO. Give people decent raises and a chance for advancement.


  8. I have to pick a title for this?

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well-known institution that can provide good experience! Professors are knowledgeable, tend to be fairly understanding in terms of employment goes, and do have some exciting projects!

    Cons

    Areas of research are limited, due to RPI being a "smaller" school. A lot of mechanical areas that are researched are computational in nature, not design oriented.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for management; I was only an undergraduate researcher for a short amount of time. Professors do tend to be busy as well, so its also different than a normal superior's position.


  9. Great engineering school to attend.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice professors, outstanding sudents, great for undergraduate and graduate study, would recommend for applying.

    Cons

    The tuition is expensve, and students are required to live on campus for the first two years as an undergrad, and purchase meal plans, but after that, you are free.

    Advice to Management

    Would rather have higher salary and nicer place to work in.


  10. Worked as a work study student throughout my years as an undergrad at RPI. Overall, it was a good experience.

    Former Employee - Work Study in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Work Study in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Since I was a work study student, it was important that my job wouldn't interfere with my studies, which it didn't. Very flexible, sometimes I had a work study gig that I could just do homework at, other times I actually just did work for the department I was assigned to. At one of the departments, I learned some valuable skills that I was able to apply to my classes.

    Cons

    Not many cons I can think of, I guess you might not be able to get the department you want, so you end up working somewhere that won't add anything special to your experience. Some of the work can be extremely boring.


  11. Great place to work, it has many smart people and a real hands-on atmosphere for teaching students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice Campus, nice people, lots of facilities and opportunity for students and faculty/employees

    Cons

    Food is just OK. It is in Troy NY.



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