Brown University Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
120 Reviews
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120 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and professional development opportunities (in 9 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance (hours and time off are amazing) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • still exploring but not enough emphasis on graduate students, but I can feel the dynamics is gradually changing for the better (in 3 reviews)

  • Long hours best describe a graduate student's life, but this is true anywhere (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to study.

    Current Employee - PhD Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to study physics.

    Cons

    No particular cons to mention.

  2.  

    Very good place for undergraduates

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good location, close to boston and new york city and Providence is a beautiful city. People here are nice. Salary is above average level for graduate students

    Cons

    campus is small and kind of crowd. Parking place is very needed. graduate students are less concerned than undergraduate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Relaxed place, University gives lot of freedom to choose courses , projects etc from different department.

    Great community, great city to be. Very close to Boston and New York.

    Cons

    That would depend on the adviser, my adviser is very easy going. I never had any issue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, hours, and environment. It is great being a part of academia and getting all the benefits - bus passes, gym membership, use of facilities, etc.

    Cons

    My office had terrible organization and oversight. Befuddling that an ivy league institution would have such madness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure each office has professional management and oversight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    There are a lot of great people at Brown, and the city of Providence is an outstanding place to live and work.

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    Former Employee - Athletic Communications in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Athletic Communications in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of dedicated and intelligent people working there. The location is great, with terrific food and culture for such a small city. Some nights and weekends, but overall a good work/life balance is encouraged - we had a fairly flexible schedule as long as you finished your work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to advance unless people retire or move to different positions; compensation in academic world not great compared to what you might receive in private sector. At the time that I was there it was difficult economically - wage/hiring freezes led to some poor morale, although that may have improved since.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    lots of professional development opportunities

    Cons

    takes forever to get anything done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pick up the slack

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Structured but might be overworked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Interactions with a lot of peers

    Cons

    Training barely provided. Workload sometimes much heavier than other times

  9.  

    Full of freedom

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Pros

    The faculty at Brown are very friendly and supportive

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many evaluations and tests. It can be stressful

  10.  

    Great academic environment

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Great place to work, Great people

    Cons

    Providence is a small town

  11.  

    Depends on the department

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's nice to be working for one of the main employers in the city and state. I like that the Brown ID card gets you free rides on public transportation across the state. And, depending on what department or center you are working with, it can be a great experience.

    Cons

    I've worked a couple of different jobs here and in one case I was very happy, and in the other, not happy at all. It really depends on the department, center or group you are working with. There's not a lot of cross-department or cross-center community. Also, with people who were having conflicts at my previous job (where I was happy) and with me at my current not-so-great job, I observed that Human Resources was not very supportive or helpful. You're really on your own here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps for faculty positions it is different, but for staff this is a pretty boring place to work. The mission of the university is around education and research, and it does those well. But based on my experiences and observations, it's not a particularly inspiring or gratifying place to work. Maybe this is okay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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