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RTI International Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • A non profit so pay not excellent (in 15 reviews)

  • They talk a lot about work/life balance but they don't seem to mean it (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Institutional Contactor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Holly Springs, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RTI International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The team group I worked with was very professional. They always make sure you have active projects if you were a good employed. I gained a lot of experience and they give you opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Pay sometimes changed depending on the project you were working for and it did not have 401K.


  2. "Great place to work, workderful benefits."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RTI International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    RTI was a great place to work and had wonderful benefits. I was promoted and given raises on a regular schedule. Management was fair. During my exit from the company the human resources department was extremely professional and helpful.

    Cons

    I was an offsite contractor and often felt disconnected from the company.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IDG"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist III
    Current Employee - Specialist III
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RTI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice DC offices

    Cons

    Over emphasis on donor experience (USAID particularly) rather than the skills needed to implement projects and write proposals.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good All Around"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistician
    Current Employee - Statistician
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RTI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work life balance.
    - Flexible hours.
    - Good benefits.
    - Interesting work (generally).

    Cons

    - You are essentially a contractor within your own organization. You generally need to find projects within the organization.
    - Large bureaucratic organization that relies heavily on big federal contracts.
    - Compensation is sub-par, but benefits make up for that somewhat.


  5. "Electrical Engineer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, great people, flexible.

    Cons

    Research company, so a lot of pressure to be published

    Advice to Management

    Great management.


  6. "Public Health Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Great flexibility in work schedule and pay for entry level job

    Cons

    Limited room for growth without PhD


  7. "Review on the recruiting practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think recruiting at RTI suffers from an over abundance of wealth. We have built up processes, which is generally a good thing. But they work against our interests as often as not.

    Cons

    There are many complaints on Glassdoor alone, and I'm sure elsewhere, regarding perceived caste systems among PhDs and non PhDs at RTI. I am not arguing that a PhD is not a valuable thing, but if RTI is to fulfill some of its corporate culture idioms, we should not be so elitist.

    To push that idea further, in my experience there is no 'competency based' recruiting here. You can look for two seconds online and see that the projected labor shortages for the American workforce are going to problematic for the private sector, sure, but perhaps more so for institutions like ours. Where people need to buy into the mission, as a brand, to work here for less than industry wages. They also need to be dealt with more quickly, or it will result in many terrific jobseekers falling through the net and finding other opportunities because of RTI sluggishness. (This was very nearly me.)

    My suggestion, also based on the length and longtime fruitlessness of recruiting efforts, is to adopt competency based job descriptions. I do not say this from a place of ignorance, and understand that labor category billing situations may change as a result of this action. My rebuttal is that companies do that all the time, and also if you can provide justification the government is sufficiently motivated to continue to work with trusted providers, such as RTI.

    What I can also say, is that without providing industry competitive wages it makes very much sense that RTI is slow to evolve. Without some at least moderately firebrands, no one is going to change. It is too difficult, and too messy, but highly necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Directness. Less corporate 'class' structure, that is a main complaint I hear here. Also, I am cognizant of how expensive it is to move mature corporate systems towards modernity. However, I would argue that waiting too long can present equal risk and adverse consequences.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to grow"

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

    I worked at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Great people, brain trust of information, and flexible work environment

    Cons

    Large organization and lack of communication between departments


  9. "Review"

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

    I have been working at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, laid back work environment, offshoot of academia

    Cons

    feast or famine in contact work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IT Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RTI International full-time

    Pros

    Company has a great mission in improving the human condition.

    Cons

    IT senior leadership is not interested in improving the human condition.


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