Brown University Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits and professional development opportunities (in 9 reviews)

  • Very close to Boston and New York (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • some times graduate students can feel isolated, Brown is geared towards undergraduates (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. Lead System Administrator

    Current Employee - Lead Systems Administrator in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Administrator in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Unbeatable benefits packages, flexible hours for salaried employees w/ telecommute options, stable positions.

    Cons

    Usually limited career growth opportunities, total compensation is on the low end of competitive. Some benefits are difficult to use.

  2. Professor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work with great people

    Cons

    Nothing really negative at all very fortunate

  3. Administrative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greene, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greene, RI

    I worked at Brown University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great city, nice to work with brilliant professors/doctors, enjoyable working in academia

    Cons

    No mechanism for removing toxic/apathetic employees, pay discrepancies, resistance to/insufficient support for education/career development for employees

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate toxic employees, support career development, support work-life balance

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  5. Research Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was great access to a number of resources including library resources, high performance computing. I had flexible hours. There were a lot of opportunities to connect with other researchers from different institutions.

    Cons

    There was not a very strong sense of a community in the work environment. The payroll office was also disorganized. For example employees had to record daily hours and submit them both online and on paper worksheets.

    Advice to Management

    It was a very long and complicated process for many individuals to complete the initial paperwork to start my employment. It would be helpful if steps could be taken to help facilitate new employees and administrators through this process.

  6. Applications Manager and Tech Project Lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ivy League Higher Ed - Working hard to providing the world with brilliant graduates and amazing research. 4 weeks vacation and one week off paid for winter holiday break - 37.5 hours a week.

    Cons

    Poor increases, high medical, and 37.5 hours are in the work week, but hard to come under 50.

  7. I worked at the Sarah Doyle Women's Center and it was a really positive experience!

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Group of really passionate, engaged people working towards raising awareness of women's/feminist issues and gender justice on Brown University campus. Really wonderful professional staff and community.

    Cons

    There really weren't many -- it would have been nice to have access to more resources (financial, etc.), but that is more of a broader administrative problem with Brown University as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    I really had a wonderful experience, but would recommend that the management seek to lobby for more resources from the university in order to improve programming and hire more staffers.

  8. Graduate student at the CLPS department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pro of working at Brown is that you get to interact with and teach a lot of very smart students. It is very rewarding because they are internally driven to learn and succeed, so they really appreciate the effort you put into educating them.

    Cons

    The cons of being a graduate student is that the department itself is very strict about working hours/schedules/being physically there. So it's very non traditional environment for graduate school. Also, it depends on the dept, but CLPS has a lot of politics going on among faculties, too much BS.

    Advice to Management

    The graduate school should work out on the funding for graduate students. The department should focus more on producing good quality research, instead of the politics and power battle among the faculties.

  9. Intellectually stimulating environment, brilliant professors, very nice undergraduates

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Former Employee - Graduate Student

    I worked at Brown University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University invests in collaboration among departments via internal grants, which is great for graduate students with interdisciplinary interests. Plenty of resources for career development. The students are incredibly bright and engaging. A degree from Brown is incredibly valuable in today's job market.

    Cons

    A lot of graduate students seem to struggle with work-life balance issues, which is probably common at most Universities. Also, departments seem to vary in terms of how much grant support is available for students, and in how positive the work environment is. Not enough teaching opportunities for graduate students.

    Advice to Management

    The University itself is very dedicated to providing great resources for students who are struggling with work-life balance or other issues, but the faculty should consider providing more direct guidance when they see that graduate students are having a hard time.

  10. Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great City, great atmosphere, allowed much freedom.

    Cons

    HR / payroll / administration a bit unorganized at times.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in postdocs more.

  11. Great place for grad students

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collegial department atmosphere, reasonable stipend and benefits, research travel funding, gain teaching experience

    Cons

    The "pros" are determined by which department you are in; limits for work outside of the University.

    Advice to Management

    6th year funding in Humanities is currently under review, and this is definitely a good sign. The University should have more consideration for the limited external funding in the Humanities, in comparison to the Sciences.

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