Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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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. Great research but issues with upper level management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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

    Pros

    Advanced facilities have everything you need to conduct research. Staff are helpful and coworkers are overall friendly. Being a engineering university, it's easy to collaborate across departments, helping to find unique and novel ways to combine research and get granted.

    Cons

    The upper level management (President, etc) have been diminishing both student and faculty rights for years. RPI also has one of the highest fees for faculty research, making it that much more difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Replacement of upper level management. Originally they were hired as a refreshing, aggressive face but have not lived up to that expectation.

  2. Great engineering school to attend.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. 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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    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.

  6. Overall good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Pros

    good pay and good management

    Cons

    too busy and no time to rest

  7. Tutor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Pros

    Meet with students on your on schedule. Feel satisfied knowing you helped others!

    Cons

    There is a limit on the number of hours you are able to spend as a tutor.

  8. Small and supportive environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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

    Pros

    Career advancement, learning. An ambicious yet human institution.

    Cons

    Not well know outside a nym er of specialty niches.

    Advice to Management

    The vision of the Rensselaer plan is great. Don't let it loose steam.

  9. This a nice institute to do the graduate studies.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Has great computational resource, great faculty to learn from, and great research environment.

    Cons

    Weather of troy is harsh from time to time.

  10. PhD Salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Pros

    Flexible Flexible Flexible Flexible Flexible

    Cons

    Low salary, high fees high fees high fees high fees

  11. Research assistant in Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Positions pays the tuition for PhD studies
    - Good stipend (covers rent and bills, groceries, and lease bills for a new car)
    - A nice and dynamic environment to do state-of-the-art research

    Cons

    - Small city of Troy has little to offer as food and/or entertainment options

    Advice to Management

    None.

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