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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated August 8, 2018
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  • "there are no cons but i have to enter 5 words" (in 8 reviews)

  • "High turnover of faculty and administration" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good school with good opporitunities

    Cons

    Managment out of touch with students


  2. "Undergraduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good education with many opportunities and resources
    Beautiful and compact campus

    Cons

    Expensive
    Troy is not the best location
    Some faculty only focused on research
    No more student-run Union

  3. "Accounts Payable Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Troy, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits pay hours enviroment location

    Cons

    training on new programs is almost non existant. When reviewed was given an unreasonable amount of f
    time to retrain and get up to speed...and I am not s slow learner

    Advice to Management

    Better training, better handling of other employees that are supposed to work together instead of against each other.


  4. "Undergraduate Mentor At Rensselaer Polytechinic Institute"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work, good for resume.

    Cons

    Low Pay, may not get the position you want


  5. "Senior business administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical and retirement plan

    Cons

    Raises are on the small side


  6. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, usually match you to a class you have experience with

    Cons

    Work loads vary by professor, pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Standardize expectations of TAs


  7. "Summer Research"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Research in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Research in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, lots of excellent professors to draw experience and advice from. Loose management and laissez faire policies.

    Cons

    Professors often don't know what they're looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job prioritizing what you want. Being whipsawed on development isn't fun.

  8. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great mentorship, access to state of the art research facilities, collaboration, cozy campus

    Cons

    Some grad classes could be more rigorous


  9. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation; some free time for research (assuming you have figured out teaching); supportive management.

    This is a great position if you graduate from RPI with a PhD and find it difficult to find a job. If your end goal is academia, you get valuable teaching experience. You have no boss and you can allocate your time as you need. Compensation is best-in-class for any non-tenure-track positions anywhere. Summers are paid without any workload. If you choose to teach in summer, you may get up to 11,000$ for every course you teach! Usually its competitive but very much possible to get one course, difficult to get two. The Deans are very supportive of your future career and will happily write you recommendation letters and give you flexibility to leave the position when you find your next job. Just don't leave middle of the semester!!

    RPI will match 8% for 1% of your retirement contribution!!

    Cons

    no potential for any promotions / tenure-track. Don't be mistaken - this is a 'post-doc' type job. There is no future potential to go to TT in RPI. Time for research is limited to weekends. But if you have figured out your teaching, or are teaching courses you have taught previously, there is a LOT more time.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


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