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Found 362 of over 526 reviews
4.0
75% Recommend to a Friend
47% Approve of CEO

Found 361 of over 526 reviews

4.0
75%
Recommend to a Friend
47%
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Georgia Tech Research Institute Senior Vice President James J. Hudgens  (no image)
James J. Hudgens
9 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Benefits are great(in 37 reviews)
  • "Great people are invited to give talks(in 35 reviews)
  • "Good pay and able to work closely with researchers.(in 34 reviews)
  • "Pretty Calm environment with flexible hours so long as you get the projects done on time.(in 17 reviews)
  • "Good work environment(in 16 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good opportunity to work on cutting edge tech

    Oct 24, 2022 - Research Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    diverse projects, range of talent, cutting edge tech, security clearance

    Cons

    sometimes this environment has had a few bad egg PMs that have used either questionable strategies to motivate engineers, or actually stolen money from the organization (gets them fired the fastest). The good thing is that all of the ones that I know of have that did this have gotten fired.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Place to Get Started

    Nov 9, 2022 - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I worked here 5 years as a Student Research Assistant in undergrad and then a Graduate Research Assistant. I was a great place to get my engineering career started. I found work/ research that aligned with my interests and good mentorship after changing managers twice over 2 years. The flexibility was great for being a full-time student and working 30 hours / week.

    Cons

    Even after 5 years of working in the department, the HR did not count this as experience when I interviewed for a full-time position. I found more respect and better salaries elsewhere.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Top Benefits, Depend mostly on cheap student labor

    Oct 27, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits are second to none

    Cons

    There are 3 kinds of employees at GTRI: - Students - Jr. Level Full Time (mostly lower paid). Those who have been there a while like the job security and benefits to not care that much. - Senior Level Employees (must have a master's degree or PhD). My experience has been that they are about all average employees working for the Federal Department of Defense and it is VERY hard to get fired.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    A good place to learn.

    Nov 2, 2022 - Research Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Freedom to branch out into the work that draws you.

    Cons

    Sometimes muddy mix of technical and managerial duties, and an inexorable pull towards paperpushing.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great work life balance

    Oct 21, 2022 - Research Engineer I 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Relaxing work environment, variety of projects to work on, great PTO

    Cons

    Lower compensation than the private sector, no potential for bonuses

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Avoid unless looking to go back to school

    Nov 2, 2022 - Research Scientist in Huntsville, AL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits package for employees

    Cons

    Company culture, pay, leadership and management is very outdated.

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Good Work/Life Balance, Subpar Pay, Lots of Bureaucracy

    Oct 20, 2022 - Research Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Technically a non-profit so work environment is fairly laid back. Most engineers have flexibility in their schedule, are not expected to work more than 40 hours a week, hybrid work with a bias towards remote work seems to be the norm now (they tried to take it away in one lab and lost people - message was received), office is mostly empty by 5:30. - Retirement benefits are good. Pension is an option if you plan to stay at least 10 years. Access to pre-tax accounts not available in the corporate world (403b, 457k) - 21 days of vacation and 12 sick days per year, plus 12 holidays including the whole week of Christmas. - Culture varies within each team but most people are smart, competent and friendly enough. - Will pay for advanced degrees at Georgia Tech and sponsor security clearances as well as professional memberships. - Some interesting research projects. Mostly DoD work if you like that.

    Cons

    - GTRI is essentially a defense contractor that has to compete for federal government contracts, but it also has to follow the often archaic rules for a university set by University System of Georgia (USG) board of regents. The result is about as bad as you would expect. Read on for more details - Pay has always lagged market rate, often severely, and it gets worse the longer you stay here due to lack of raises. Equity adjustments are the only opportunity to bring salaries anywhere close to market, and they were only enacted recently and will only be performed once every 2 years it seems. The adjustment process is very opaque and based on your work area and years of experience. - Bonuses are non-existent because we are GA state employees. Yearly appraisals cap out at "meets expectations" so no one gets the funny idea to ask for one. - Close to zero money is spent on employee events or well-being. Even free coffee was going to be taken away at one point, but I think they brought that back. Employee get-togethers are self-funded and the holiday party has to be disguised as a meeting. - Promotion process involves filling out the same package a professor uses to apply for tenure. A 20-page packet to advance from level 1 to level 2 is not uncommon. The reward for a promotion? A massive 6% raise. Promotion process is on rails and it is very rare to be promoted before you have the required years of experience for each level. No way to advance past level 1 without a Master's degree. - Massive red tape on everything from purchasing equipment to hiring new personnel to filling out an NDA. Two signatures need to buy a roll of duct tape (just buy it yourself and save your sanity). Hiring someone is a massive undertaking that often results in a selected candidate going with another offer. Support staff is understaffed and oftentimes a new hire who hasn't been fully trained. Many support employees are paralyzed by bureaucracy and don't want to make a decision on anything for fear that it may violate some USG regulation. All of this happening while we compete for contracts. - Most offices are very bare bones with minimal amenities or windows. -If you work on main campus and plan to drive in, you will have to pay for your own parking. If you work in office consistently enough to need a yearly pass, it is about $800 out of your own pocket. -Health insurance premiums are partly covered by GTRI, but you will still have to pay almost $100/month for a high deductible plan and almost $200/month for a copay plan. - Somehow we still have a high overhead rate compared to many companies, making us less competitive on contract bids. - Communication from senior management is sporadic and oftentimes can be summed up as: we can't do anything about that because of USG regulations. -Engineers and scientists are expected to publish papers and present at conferences, but many projects are classified and cannot be published. - High turnover due to everything mentioned above, which causes headaches for employees who have to take over abandoned projects, more inefficiency in every process due to new/untrained employees, and low morale. Support staff is treated even worse than the engineers and has massive turnover.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Very enjoyable work environment

    Oct 3, 2022 - Research Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Challenging project work Great people to work with Continuous learning opportunity

    Cons

    Promotion process is fairly intense

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Decent

    Sep 28, 2022 - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Ok pay Good work life

    Cons

    Boring A lot of engineers are dead weight

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  11. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Leadership Issues

    Oct 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The very job you do here serves your country and is a reason to come to work every day. You have the option to have the TRS pension and other benefits are good.

    Cons

    Due to USG, GIT, or senior GTRI leadership, daily life gets very frustrating to include lack of compensation and decisions made to support the contracts that supports national security and brings the money in.

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Georgia Tech Research Institute has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 526 reviews left anonymously by employees. 75% of employees would recommend working at Georgia Tech Research Institute to a friend and 71% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Georgia Tech Research Institute employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Georgia Tech Research Institute. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

75% of Georgia Tech Research Institute employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Georgia Tech Research Institute 4.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.7 for career opportunities.

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