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Updated November 29, 2016
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  • Bad work-life balance of graduate students (in 18 reviews)

  • I think this is one of the best place for graduate students (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Leadership lacking"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge environment- exciting atmosphere

    Cons

    Leadership lacks leadership skills- aggression is the way to get things accomplished here

    Advice to Management

    Work to foster collaborative leadership and create an atmosphere of cooperative influence


  2. "Business Services: Stagnation, Stuck in the 80’s"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paycheck is a good thing
    Benefits are good
    Vacation time is good

    Cons

    GA Tech is two different places – Academics/Research vs Campus Services, be VERY careful where you go.
    Toxic, destructive, punitive, dead-wood managers are tolerated.
    Innovation in even the smallest things is frowned upon.
    Epitome of gov’t bureaucracy, micromanaged environment, will kill your soul if you don’t GET OUT. People work in fear, whisper to each other in their cubes.
    Pay is well below market.
    Work rules enforced selectively, favoritism is tolerated.
    Telecommuting is far behind the times, restrictive, frowned upon. GA Tech has the technology in place, but managers don’t like it, so you can’t -- oh but THEY can.
    No technical development, even attending free lectures on campus is discouraged -- Work at GA Tech, but stagnate!
    Little contact with wonders of campus, most workers are cube dwellers: come to work, lunch in cube, go home -- no connection with WHY they are here – a great university.
    Final insult: Pay to work - $780 of your poor salary is taken back if you park in a campus lot – good luck NOT parking on campus!

    Advice to Management

    Innovation improves customer service, improves efficiency, saves money - encourage it! Get rid of, or at least put destructive managers out of the way where they won't do damage to people. Implementing the high ideals of GA Tech are not making it down to 1st level management - make sure those people support the institution, or they will surely burn out and drive away people who hope to be your high achievers.


  3. "Not the greatest place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good principal investigators. Access to good facilities. Industry focused research which is good for career advancement.

    Cons

    Administration is not helpful. Many of them are under trained. Getting things done in a timely manner requires a lot of energy. If you work for the wrong PI, life will be very difficult. The school administration is interested in minimizing attrition, but not necessarily interested in helping you.

    Advice to Management

    Take grad student feedback seriously when considering PIs.


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  5. "NOT"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - N/A in Smyrna, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teachers retirement
    Meet some good people

    Cons

    Play the Lottery on what your worth is

    Advice to Management

    Fairness / Moral Ethics


  6. "Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Georgia Tech full-time

    Pros

    Academic freedom, excellent technological support, interdisciplinary research opportunities, vibrant program

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, heavy teaching load, excessive time commitments beyond teaching that impede tenure-track employment searches

    Advice to Management

    Minimize micromanagement and time commitments beyond the fellowship's required teaching load


  7. "Income/expenses does not match"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Tech (More than a year)

    Pros

    it is a Top Ranked university

    Cons

    Financially not competitive to other universities

    Advice to Management

    increase salary


  8. "PhD graduate assistantship at mechanical Engineering department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    top school for research, good facilities

    Cons

    management is awful
    no standard is defined for the amount of work you need to do, it all depends on your supervisor in practice.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not so good if you are not a Postdoctoral Fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    You can telecommute to avoid the horrendous downtown Atlanta traffic. Co-workers are awesome even though they are overworked and underpaid. Georgia Tech has tight financial controls.

    Cons

    No annual raises. Wide pay bands, so you cannot move to another position and get a raise. For mid-level employees promotion must be to Director level in order to make it to the next pay band and get a raise. Directors at Georgia Tech promote their "favorites" to "associate" directors. Georgia Tech also uses quotas in hiring and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire/promote based on a persons race or sex. Don't externally post positions; when you have already decided who you are going to hire/promote. It's not fair to have people interview for positions when upper management has pre-decided who will be getting the job. Stop creating "Associate/Assistant Directors" who have no employees reporting to them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "my least favorite job in my life"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is pretty relaxed in terms of what you wear, allowing you to leave for a doctor's appointment, and things along those lines.

    Cons

    The culture is defined by the arbitrary use and abuse of power. Everything is just about pleasing some boss or other, and management seldom wants to believe that underlings have anything to contribute. The pressure to work all the time--early, late, at home, etc.--can be intense. Pay is generally pretty good, but can be somewhat arbitrary from one position to the next.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work-life balance; incorporate staff knowledge into administrative decisions.


  11. "There's a reason that being a graduate student is a temporary thing."

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Georgia Tech as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some amazing resources available on campus, whether that be the field experts in each department, the library, or the equipment.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, your experience is in large part shaped by your advisor, and not all advisors are created equal. I have experienced advisors who were completely disconnected from the work. I have experienced advisors who were so focused on the research that they seemed to forget that there was a human being on the other end of it. Choose carefully.

    Advice to Management

    Occasional positive feedback can do wonders to motivate your students. Please provide that amid the criticism.



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