Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews in Albany, NY

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
115 Reviews
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115 Reviews
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Pros
  • The campus is beautiful and the people are friendly (in 4 reviews)

  • a nice and quite small engineering school, nice professors and students (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.  

    A worthy experience

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked as a PhD research assistant. Stipend is OK given Troy is such a small city. It is an academic environment so it is quite different from ordinary company. Colleagues are brilliant and funding hasn't been an issue for me. Though I can't say I can research on whatever I want, but I have learned a lot during the process. The campus is beautiful all across the year.

    Cons

    Most buildings are old. My office doesn't have a window. RPI locates in a small city which doesn't suit me. The safety on campus is OK, but not in downtown area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Program Manager responsible for recruitment of new students

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the students, staff and faculty made this a great job. The campus is beautiful and improvements to the physical plant are always positive.

    Cons

    Great benefits; other companies make changes to the benefits however Rensselaer provides an affordable benefits package. Annual benefits fair was a great opportunity to connect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great and provided real evaluations during the annual review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very positive and collaborative work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professors (at least in the Chem. Eng. department) are very friendly and accessible.
    Great facilities (CBIS)

    Cons

    Long hours
    There is no clearly defined expectation of hours, vacation time, pay, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfactory experience. Gained new skills

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    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The professor was awesome, very passionate about the projects we worked on and always willing to teach us more techniques in order to help us improve upon our experience and research. The pay was decent since it covered the housing (on campus) cost as well as food expenses but don't hope for much more than that.

    Cons

    Not any cons in my opinion. The professor really cared about us and worked hard to make sure we all had a positive experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good undergrad, still working on graduate program

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best undergrad programs outside of the ivy league. Good corporate partners. Interesting physics and computer science grad work.

    Cons

    Shrinking research budgets esp. in Aero engineering, high tuition cost. Only Miki Amitay's research lab will appeal to an aerospace engineer grad student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more money in engineering research and facilities. We dont need more money wasted on arts and sports.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Chemistry Graduate Student

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunities to grow as a research

    Cons

    The Chemistry Department does not run smoothly in regards to getting the information that students need effectively communicated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Frustration in E&SS

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    Current Employee - Lead in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Lead in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of professional training available, great benefits, friendly staff, lots of time off.

    Cons

    HR doesn't back up staff, supervisors don't support leads, lots of office politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Benefits Package

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    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Matching contribution by this employee to retirement is 8%, standard (non-executive)

    Cons

    Lack of good career ladders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice people, relatively politic free environment. Clever students on campus. Close to NYC and Boston.

    Cons

    It is located in Troy which is a small city in upstate NY.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfied - RA

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good school with very little distractions from outside of campus. Campus is beautiful. One of the best I have seen. Professors care about the students and the direction of the school.

    Cons

    dwindling number of professors and course options. Troy is not that exciting and rather a little unsafe at times and places. While professors care and point out concerns, deans of the schools often ignore you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the student body and faculty. Listen to the concerns of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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