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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reviews

Updated July 25, 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. "Fun student work"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's plenty of motivated people doing great things. For the most part, the research projects at the school are very inclusionary. I've found professors to always be open to discussion in their offices and via email regarding potential opportunities and even just for general conversation. To boot, the compensation for undergrads is very reasonable , we have the ability to take pay or credit (getting graded credit is very worth it IMO, especially with the inherent grade deflation at RPI & credit cost)

    Cons

    There's somewhat of a veil and barrier to entry on how to actually get involved in all of the experiences and opportunities at Rensselaer. At orientation the official channels for research are advertised (online portal) but in actuality, I and my many of my peers have found more opportunities by networking and staying vigilant for unofficially posted on campus opportunities (flyers/rumors/reddit).

    Advice to Management

    Allocate more of a budget on branding, marketing and advertisement. Not just for outside prestige but for streamlining the internal opportunities at the school.


  2. "Professor of Practice"

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    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Computer Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting program, students, reasonable management

    Cons

    administration decided to close the program

  3. "PhD Student/Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great school. Stellar resources for scientific computing research.

    Grad student stipend is considerably higher than other colleges in the NY Capital Region area.

    Troy, NY is also rapidly developing with lots of cool new hip businesses to enjoy.

    Cons

    Grad student stipend still lags behind other top research institutions nationwide.

    The school's endowment is way smaller than it should be. The leadership doesn't seem to manage its finances very well. However this does not negatively impact the funding available to researchers in popular STEM disciplines.


  4. "RPI graduate research assistant"

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

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good place to do research

    Cons

    Too much snow in the winter


  5. "Mechanical Engineering Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on state-of-the-art research. Friendly professors and staff. Small enough department that many people know you on a first-name basis.

    Cons

    Some resources are dated, such as the cleanroom. I often have connectivity issues with WiFi in the mechanical engineering building, which shouldn't be an issue at a tech school.


  6. "not too shabby"

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

    I worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute part-time

    Pros

    Better than not working, easy job to make side money

    Cons

    Working conditions were declining when I decided to leave


  7. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Troy, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays on time

    Easy to contact administration

    Cons

    Too much hassle to manage online stuff

    Employees can be brisk

    Workload varies

    Advice to Management

    Be more friendly

  8. "Business Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits - medical, life insurance and retirement plan

    Cons

    Very low salary increases each year


  9. "Very slow process"

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    Former Employee - Management in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Troy, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very reputable University with nice perks and benefits. Some staff are very educated, others in lower divisions are not.

    Cons

    Lack professionalism in hiring process. The interview process took over 4 months with month in-between for any communication. Emails and phone calls for inquires to decision making process was not returned. Be prepared to wait a long time. Due to the length, left to take a nother job that was in the pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    4+ months for an interview need s better follow up process. There was no transparency in communication.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute full-time

    Pros

    Salary is fine, although not much.

    Cons

    The cost is increasing every year for rent but the payment is still little.
    Also the school is not famous(biggest issue)


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