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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Albany Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Researchers are not cutt-throat and its a pleasant work environment (in 14 reviews)

  • A good experience if you want to be faculty (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Administration has high turnover rates (in 6 reviews)

  • Upstate new york is not for everyone in life style (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being a Teaching Assistant during PhD candidacy is a great and invaluable experience. (1) Learning how to teach and get to teach labs and lectures, (2) Honing teaching skills, (3) when you graduate you have research as well as teaching experience.

    Cons

    I do no have any complains.


  2. "AUTO CAD TA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    extra money for the week

    Cons

    takes away from weekly academics


  3. "Excellent colleagues but administration is lacking"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work is done here in many departments.
    Nobel laureate speakers give lectures each year.

    Cons

    The politics in some departments have driven away the best talent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping the best talent rather than driving them away.


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  5. "Research assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Great views and a lot of sports activities to do. Great lab (depends on the department)

    Cons

    Your advisor decides your experience at RPI as like anywhere else. I did not have a great experience from that front.


  6. "RPI TA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work in unity and everyone cares about and help each other to grow

    Cons

    really can not think of anything


  7. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Return on investment is very high, RPI is very helpful with finding jobs for graduating seniors. The degree from RPI holds a lot of merit in industry.

    Cons

    It is extremely rigorous and the grading is very hard. There is not very much time for outside activities because the course load is very intense.

    Advice to Management

    Professors do not always give very detailed instruction, they also are usually overworked and can be hard to get a hold of. Making themselves available to students is very important.


  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has enough research freedom for you

    Cons

    Not much about the cons about the school

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Grad School"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Able to collaborate in multidisciplinary projects

    Cons

    Graduate life can get extremely lonely and challenging


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RPI gives an amazing workplace experience.

    Cons

    The university is in a 'not so glamorous' city named Troy

    Advice to Management

    Please improve the research facilities even more to compete with universities like MIT and Cornell.


  11. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a great time working for the professor.

    Cons

    No cons experienced for my role as a TA



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