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Georgia Tech Research Institute Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  • If you want to work full time you have to continue your education and get a Master's degree (in 5 reviews)

  • Pay is less here then the same job in the private sector (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute part-time

    Pros

    Great team, good pay for experience

    Cons

    Often beholden to government contracts


  2. "Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment and the work changes everyday.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be hard to find tasks as a co-op


  3. "Senior Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    GTRI has many grants, contracts, projects and opportunities. Most engineers have potential to move to new projects, and ample professional education opportunities. There is a promotion track for faculty.

    Cons

    Works primarily on DOD grants, and not very inclusive with non-DOD grantees. Makes it more difficult for non-DOD grantee employees to get resources, promotions, etc.. Commute to GTRI is dreadful, and they are generally not open to alternative commute options.


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  5. "Great Place to Work but Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good, interesting projects if you are in the right group. Culture is very collaborative.

    Cons

    Project management is lacking, especially for large projects. Too much disarray. This is changing now with a new program management office but we see a lot of rank-and-file engineers having to spend a lot of time on managing their colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication within and between groups, even for prototypes.


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    "Good at first then"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart People
    Fun Projects
    Technology
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and poor management

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to talk to your interns and train them. My boss diddn't care what I did, and excpected me to know everything rather then training me and got mad a me when I got something messed up


  7. "Generally good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, you are most often left to do your work and focus on the sponsor's needs. As you show interest in developing your career, you can make new proposals and build projects, moving toward management. Very good benefits package and relaxed environment. Though salaries are lower than industry and salary reviews are mysterious university processes, the overall package is quite good.

    Cons

    While quite a lot of lip-service is paid to supporting project managers, the training that is available is very functional in nature (i..e how the internal reporting websites work, etc). There s little support given to new managers who might unexpectedly win a new program or be handed a big team expansion by the sponsor. If you are a more experienced manager, this is good, but it leaves career growth at an impasse. A 100% hands-off approach of upper management very often leads to severe team issues with no resolution path possible. Management will simply not act to broker resolutions, choosing instead to always support the status-qou.

    Advice to Management

    Support newer project managers with more than just lip-service to doing that and a functional classes. In addition, team newer managers with a more senior manager for active mentoring and advice to insure project success. Too often, hands-off management has lead to unhappy sponsors and lost programs. When there are problems reported, act! A distanced, wait-and-see approach resolution path supports, and likely enforces, poor-behaviors and internal stresses.


  8. "Retired after 30 Years, having worked from the bottom to the top."

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    Former Employee - Principal Research Engineer Emeritus
    Former Employee - Principal Research Engineer Emeritus
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    • Always interesting (often EXCITING) work
    • Work on ANYTHING that you can conceive so long as you can get it funded externally (usually by U.S. Govt.)
    • Great facilities
    • Great people
    • Great environment
    • You can work on the bench, lead a small research team, or lead large group of interdisciplinary teams.
    • You can develop your own short courses and teach them on campus, nationally, or internationally for extra compensation.
    • You can teach in the academic departments as an adjunct professor.
    • One of the few places left where you can get an outstanding pension for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    • Government imposed security, time reporting, purchasing practices can make life difficult.
    • University "political correctness" is annoying ("Winter Holiday" instead of "Christmas Holiday", Diversity Training (mocked openly by most employees), etc.
    • Although you are doing full-time research, your promotion within the organization will follow an academic model in some respects (publication requirements, for example).
    • ISO 9000+ paperwork in some laboratories where the work is research, not manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Use your retirees more effectively. Many many years of experience and knowledge of the GTRI system at a discount (lower overhead) price goes to waste every year.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked at GTRI for 10 years in a variety of positions. Overall, an intellectually stimulating, entrepreneurial environment ideal for engineers.

    For research faculty, great benefits (21 vacations days, 2 sick, 10 holiday, awesome 401a).

    Opportunity to work across lots of different technologies and customers. If you can build your own business, you can do great at GTRI.

    Cons

    GTRI is on soft money, all money comes from external sources. This can lead to ups and downs across the organization. As you can see from many posts, there was a recent, unprecedented, major dip. Overall, the key is to find a couple of big contracts to work. Historically, turnover is much lower than industry.

    Salaries are decent but you can generally do a little better in private industry. You trade a little comp for a great work environment, good benefits, and, typically, a position unlikely to be layed off.

    Promotion process is terrible due to the academic processes. Push to come in as highly ranked as you can.


  10. "Student Co-op"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible hours, great networking

    Cons

    Most of the work was technician and not too much engineering. (Not everyone has this experience however)


  11. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to create a flexible schedule as well as develop very meaningful relationships with colleagues

    Cons

    No real cons to working for them as long as you work hard and with diligence



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