Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson
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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. Postdoctoral Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Pros

    Nice campus. Very Nice Staff. Smart people.

    Cons

    Small town. Some facilities are old.


  2. Ethnographic Researcher

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    fun, food and travel compensated, great team

    Cons

    had to pay for own vaccinations and passport, uptight supervision from top

    Advice to Management

    give more decision making power to professors and faculty


  3. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting research going on, brilliant students and faculty, lots of opportunities for lateral movement, great alumni, really nice co-workers, high value placed on interdivisional, interdepartmental, interdisciplinary cooperation.

    Cons

    Out of touch Board of Trustees, imperial-style president with the vice presidents spending too much of their time managing up and not enough time providing leadership, direction, and professional development for their divisions. Despite a female president at the helm, woman are underrepresented in leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    The time for a shake-up is overdue, from the top and down the first few rungs. I hope that the Board of Trustees have learned from the Penn State catastrophe that being sheltered from the institution by the president is neither effective governance in the present nor healthy for the institution's future.


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  5. Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good university with great research environment

    Cons

    Location is not as convenient and weather in winter can be horrible


  6. Meh.

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    Former Employee - Associate Advancement Officer in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Advancement Officer in Troy, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits Great retirement plan Good location

    Cons

    No flexibility (working remotely, having a flexible schedule) No or minimal (less than 2%) raises Zero career ladder Promotions are largely unavailable High turnover Mistrust in leadership Difficult culture

    Advice to Management

    Look at the talent within your division and work diligently to keep those people happy. Create opportunities for people to stay, move up, and excel.


  7. 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


  8. Great employer

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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 (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.


  9. 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


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    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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