Brown University Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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Brown University President Christina Paxson
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Pros
  • Great benefits and professional development opportunities (in 9 reviews)

  • Providence is a beautify and peaceful place to do research, also close to Boston and NYC (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 and a need for improved mgmt (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Student Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

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

    Pros

    Love It! I get to work with very intellectual people every day and everyone is always wanting to know more!

    Cons

    I currently do not have any negative things to say about Brown University as it is a great place to work and I love being here!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Management is to keep on being great! I love the environment and the initiative the management is taking to expand Brown!


  2. CAD Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing projects given to me that helped me gain the knowledge needed in my field.

    Cons

    No bad comments here. Give more projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work


  3. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Access to all resources in RI. Very supportive faculty. Excellent graduate students and undergraduates. Relatively low stress environment and good work life balance. Providence is a great entrepreneurial city.

    Cons

    Research resources are at times limited. Sometimes not enough network opportunities to build relationships with outside Brown scientist.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more fellowship and research support to postdoctoral scientists. Support networking and professional development across New England.


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  5. 5/5

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    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

    Get the chance to meet wonderful people. Diverse culture and staff cares about employees well being.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Lack of communication between departments.


  6. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to do work that matters and to learn.

    Cons

    Salaries are not always competitive.


  7. Review Brown from a graduate student

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    !. nice and safe living area: it is in a small town but close to Boston and New York. 2. Brown provide decent economic support for graduate students and cares students a lot about their living and mental healthy. 3. Brown is one of the top universities in US indicating its outstanding academic standing. 3. Providence has a lot high ranking restaurants around.

    Cons

    Brown is a small university, which makes slightly troublesome in finding related cooperators.

    Advice to Management

    hiring more employee may help changing the above shortness.


  8. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Butte, MT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Butte, MT

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture, good supervisors, interesting work.

    Cons

    There are no major cons to speak of.


  9. A good school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    It is good to work at Brown U. The research environment is wonderful with extra support from NIH. I

    Cons

    Overall, Providence is a nice place to work, but the traffic in Rhode Island is awful. You will need to pay more for car insurance in Rhode Island.


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    associate professor

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Providence, RI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice to live and work in north east, colleagues good

    Cons

    low pay, transition from college to research university problematic, no resources for research


  11. Helpful (1)

    Brown is a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

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

    Pros

    Pros are that salaries tend to be competitive. Tuition remission (full and partial) are provided. Access to state-of-the-art libraries.

    Cons

    Cons are that there is a fee for gym membership. Parking is challenging. Most employees have to pay for their own parking.

    Advice to Management

    Management should encourage most supervisors to receive on-going trainings in order to improve supervision styles.



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