Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
97 Reviews
4.0
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson
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46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • a nice and quite small engineering school, nice professors and students (in 4 reviews)

  • you get to work with lots of smart people, motivated students, in an educational environment, where you are always learning (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice Place

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    faculty, facility, student, opportunity, solid

    Cons

    school size, diversity, new technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    student employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time

    Pros

    friendly co-worker and not too much work

    Cons

    communication, time planning and self motivation

  3.  

    Not a bad private school

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

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High paid in such a low cost town like Troy...Working in the new Biotech building is awesome

    Cons

    It is difficult to find a work life balance here. Too many pushy boss

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I am an undergraduate researcher in CATS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot of new knowledge of robotics and embedded system design, which is useful.

    Cons

    life in RPI was kind of boring

  6.  

    Weekly Paycheck, good place to learn basics.

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    Former Employee - Software Administrator  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Software Administrator in Plano, TX

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stores are paid weekly and so are you. This is good for starting out or if you partner is paid biweekly.
    You will learn a great deal at this job and the environment is fast paced

    Cons

    Pay increases are nearly laughable with the scale they lay out.
    You will learn a great deal by covering for others who do not pull weight.
    Very top heavy in Upper management with many Directors and SVPs who manage only one person.
    The standard lunch is to leave, grab food, and work at the desk. Weekends are spent catching up on work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Residence Life staff were amazingly dedicated and supportive; administration was detached and unresponsive.

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    +Student staff are guaranteed a private room to live in on campus
    +Professional and student staff were among the most passionate and hardest-working people I have ever met
    +Student staff are allowed to be largely autonomous in fulfilling their job requirements
    +Work is rewarding.
    +Student staff are exposed to lots of different campus leaders and departments; networking opportunities are plentiful
    +Professional staff were responsive and frequently reached out to student staff on specific ongoing issues and personal self-care
    +The students who join Residence Life are among the most active, involved, and positive people on a campus that can sometimes feel exhaustingly negative
    +Job performance evaluation is done using a points-based system of positive feedback which always felt fair and constructive.

    Cons

    -Compensation is incredibly low: free room and a small (think less than $400 for the entire year for RAs) stipend that doesn't even cover books for a semester. Comparable positions at other schools are far better compensated for far less responsibility.
    -Training is appropriately intense but lacks specificity and depth in certain presentations. Topics like diversity and practical skills like self defense, CPR, and first aid are not properly covered.
    -Teambuilder activities take up far too much time. They are essential for breaking the ice at the start but wasting 15 minutes at the start of every large staff meeting over the course of the year on them is unnecessary and wastes precious time.
    -Hours can be long and/or unusual.
    -Resident Directors often only have a mere year of prior experience in Residence Life; this can lead to leadership and intra-staff issues consistent with an inexperienced student leader.
    -RAs,LAs,and RDs are required to buy an expensive, potentially unnecessary mealplan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    +The compensation issue must be addressed to attract better talent from the student body. Currently, it is actually still more expensive to be a staff member living on campus versus living off-campus and working a part-time job at a fast food restaurant.
    +Administration officials should allow professional staff in the Residence Life office a greater deal of autonomy when making decisions
    +Continue to tweak the points system for student staff member feedback
    +Expand the position eligibility to sophomores in order to create greater possibility that students promoted to the RD position will actually have the experience necessary to be effective
    +Professional staff: Keep up the good work. The RAs and RDs appreciate all that you do given the constraints you all work within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Athletic Department

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    Former Employee - Communications  in  Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Communications in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The athletic director is personable and involved with everyone in the company-listens to "the little people" and takes ideas and suggestions well.

    Cons

    As a student employee or was sometimes hard to have my ideas taken seriously

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    As a student employee, I found my coworkers and supervisors to be positive and lax.

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    Former Employee - Bartender At Clubhouse Pub  in  Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Bartender At Clubhouse Pub in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay was decent, some jobs allowed for doing homework while on shift, and there was plenty of free food to go around. Working with student peers is a great way to meet people

    Cons

    The administration rarely listened to what we as students had to say. They frequently harped on the mantra that students were high turnover and expendable, while they as full-time employees would be here for much longer than us (and thus their opinions were more important).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider not telling your employees their opinions don't matter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Postdocoral Researcher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professional and friendly HR and Admin Department
    Very helpful and knowledgable supervisors

    Cons

    No cons found during the employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more chances for a postdoc to be prompt to formal positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Business Administrator  in  Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Troy, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, nice campus, many nice people

    Cons

    Much dissatisfaction throughout campus community at how the money is distributed. More goes to fancy President parties and not much to raises for deserving employees and to help students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share the wealth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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