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Georgia Tech Research Institute Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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Pros
  • great work environment and good culture (in 22 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, though this likely depends on the sponsored project you end up on and what level you're at (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • No full time positions are guaranteed to student co-ops (in 7 reviews)

  • A lot of time was spent repairing facilities (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "IT Coop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good Team, Lots to learn, you make the experience how you make it, and everyone is basically family

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever. I have had a positive experience

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Comfy but totally dysfunctional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wealth of benefits, generous paid time off, nice offices (if you're lucky or connected), proximity to GT campus events and resources, and availability of independent opportunities.

    Comfortable if you enjoy finding and working on projects constantly, or developing highly-technical hardware or software solutions.

    Cons

    Laughable practices throughout every level of mgmt., which lead to turnaround problems, frequently over-budget and expensive projects, and difficulty finding sustainable work for employees (which results in a constant feeling of job insecurity, even when salaried). Top-level mgmt. is completely out of touch with industry practices, and disinterested in measures of success beyond bottom-dollar amounts.

    There is also common, practically encouraged favoritism for hard science degrees, in terms of both advancement structures and company culture. Career growth comes to a hard stop without an advanced degree. Outdated methods can be found all over the place, including hiring and leadership diversity, promotion processes, waste and sustainability practices, technology policies, and employee onboarding, to name a few.

    Advice to Management

    The practical thing to do would be to create channels that go both ways between managers and their employees; currently, there is no feedback requested or provided directly to managers, except at your own risk. However, this is not something I would expect to happen under any of the current leadership, for fear of uncovering (and documenting) the reality.

    There is so much potential among the talented individuals who make up the institute, but they so often go to waste because of senseless and disconnected management structures. Project managers should be picked for their actual expertise and ability to manage, not just their title.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from this toxic place"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off and sick day are great. Both can be rolled over, but since the company offers NO paid maternity leave I exhausted both to pay for days off with my new born child.

    Cons

    Very toxic work place. Complete discriminatory against female engineers. If i can rate it any lower than 1 star I would.

    Advice to Management

    None. This company is beyond help.


  4. "Great co-workers and benefits but poor salary and lots of red tape."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    * Unparalleled retirement
    * Work with some of the most intelligent people around
    *Lots of different and interesting projects
    *Great life/work balance

    Cons

    * The pay is less than market value
    * Pay is dictated entirely by the number of degrees you have and how many years you've been there.
    * Support team is almost non-existant and there are severely strict rules regarding technology.

    Advice to Management

    * Modernize. Some employees benefit more from working remotely. Allow employees to use setups and software with which they are most comfortable.
    * We're supposed to be Georgia Tech but almost everything feels outdated and behind the times.
    * Reward your employees.


  5. "Laid back, fun, very interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer I in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer I in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment, flex hours, very independent (need to be a self-starter, no manager breathing down your neck), definitely the most interesting projects you'll likely ever work on, 18 months paid to work on phd full time. The 21 vacation days is insane, and 12 sick days.

    Cons

    Expensive healthcare, no yearly bonus (but there are cash awards and guaranteed pay bumps for obtaining masters and phd)

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you're doing!


  6. "Great place for students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute part-time

    Pros

    work/school balance
    hands on projects
    great mentorship

    Cons

    Sometimes work can be slack.


  7. "Good Place but poor communication"

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

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great for the most part especially if you would like to pursue high education. There are smart people who are also good human beings.

    Cons

    There seems to be a rampant lack of communication that affect every part of the labs. There is the USG board who are allowed to make unilateral decision with consulting anyone outside of themselves.

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic place to work with thrilling research.

    Cons

    Often takes a while to get things done that require approval.


  9. "great place to work"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    atmosphere is the best thing about gtri

    Cons

    nepotism is an issue that is easy to see

    Advice to Management

    less nepotism


  10. "Great Research Environment - Culture Varies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Georgia Tech Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Interesting research is plentiful, and internal money is available to support personal projects if some effort is made.

    Good work life balance, though this likely depends on the sponsored project you end up on and what level you're at. Principal engineers can often work very long hours.

    Cons

    Not always the most inviting culture. Can be a bit clique-ish, but I think this depends strongly on the Lab/Division you end up in.

    Advice to Management

    More can be done to help integrate new hires and make them feel welcome/comfortable, but otherwise management seems to have the best interests of the employees in mind.


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