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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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  • High turnover of faculty and administration (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Mueller Center Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Mueller Center Supervisor in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Mueller Center Supervisor in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great staff
    -Get to do work during shift
    -Flexible Hours

    Cons

    -Have to pick up the slack of lazy workers
    -Lots of cleaning

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the great work
    -Continue to push your employees


  2. "Research Assistant/Ph.D. Student"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Ph D Student
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Ph D Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -A chance to do really interesting work and follow your passion

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Your experience is highly dependent on your compatibility with your advisor

  3. "Student Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time

    Pros

    -Free housing is a definite plus
    -I enjoy interacting with residents

    Cons

    Professional staff are sometimes disorganized


  4. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The salary is great, and it could make you get rid of tuition fee for the semester which you are a teaching assistant on.

    Cons

    It is totally uncertain which course you will be assigned to. There is too much work to do in the course that I get involved as teaching assistant.


  5. "Okay...for now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time

    Pros

    Brilliant researchers.
    Great resources depending on your adviser.

    Cons

    Departments are becoming rife with politics.


  6. "Complicated place"

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

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Pension is great, campus nice, people generally nice. A good place to work if you can put your head down and go home without baggage. Very smart and motivated students. Vision for school is excellent.

    Cons

    Culture of unease. Upper management will sow sees of discord to keep employees in fighting. Some management actions appear without context, leading to resentment that may or may not be warranted.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunity to team build and for personal development. Empower workers who believe and are dedicated to advocate more for the school.


  7. "Work life balance does not exist."

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

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are brilliant! Beautiful campus. Faculty are also brilliant. Troy has a lot to offer. Overall most of the people that work there are very pleasant.

    Cons

    The university is highly dysfunctional. Not sure where to start. The expectation is to work much much more with less resources, people or budget was always there. Also it can get very gossipy there too. There are people who have worked there for a long time and like to talk. For people that are new, they seem shocked because what they were expecting is not what it is or close to it. New people don't seem to last. That is for faculty or staff. I continued to see the same problems and new problems from my first day to my last. Work life balance does not exist there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people that work for you, and to your students. You have a good school. Taking faculty and staff for granted isn't a good model. You will continue to lose good people.

  8. "Fairly good"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Tutor in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting jobs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is not hard. Good for international students who want to get SSN early in their life

    Cons

    Hourly payment is not as high as expected. 12 USD/hr is said to be lower than the minimum wage is Massachusetts.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY

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

    Pros

    It is a very good working place.

    Cons

    No, everything is pretty good.


  10. "Public Safety Work study"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time

    Pros

    Easy, make own hours, flexible, lots of study time

    Cons

    there are no cons but i have to enter 5 words


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