Brown University Reviews

Updated March 31, 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. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Pros

    Great City, great atmosphere, allowed much freedom.

    Cons

    HR / payroll / administration a bit unorganized at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in postdocs more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Flexibility Required

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    Current Employee - IT Technician
    Current Employee - IT Technician

    I have been working at Brown University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is more than fair. Excellent benefits. Service is very vocally appreciated. Great student body.

    Cons

    The University is always in flux. You need to adapt to the constantly changing environment. High expectations from every staff member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep things simple and connect with your employees on a more personal level. It will help keep us productive!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Good place to be

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits beyond the typical. RIPTA is free to all Brown employees; 100 hours of low-cost home care when family members are sick or kids have school vacations; good matches for retirement, 24 vacation days from the start.

    Cons

    The work is sometimes dull and working through the bureaucratic web of a large university can be slow going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to innovate; try new things.

    Recommends
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    Great benefits!

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    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Great health insurance, time off and wellness programs, as well as training opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low, even though the benefits are good. It is hard to move up a pay grade. There is no real career trajectory. It seems there is a big gap between senior administrative positions and the worker bees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees in establishing a career path and provide steps for how one can progress through a grade level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great school

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    free academic atomophere, happy campus, great city, good professor student relations

    Cons

    Could have law school and business school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can expand a little bit talking about size

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Delightful Inspiring place to work

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    Current Employee - Rhode Island in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Rhode Island in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Stimulating Atmosphere, Good Resources, Good People

    Cons

    Long Hours, Providence is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Very Positive

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    Former Employee - Library (Shelver) in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Library (Shelver) in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University

    Pros

    Extremely supportive and understanding environment. They want you to succeed and are forgiving of mistakes and failures.

    Cons

    I really don't see any!

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Flexible

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    Former Intern - Student Worker
    Former Intern - Student Worker

    I worked at Brown University as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Brown offered flexible hours, and was a good place to work for students because of the access the job offered to the great community here.

    Cons

    Sometimes work would be a little slow and the jobs would be monotonous, but if you're a student, it's the best you can do given that most of your time is spent doing schoolwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to communicate between departments more often. It seemed that sometimes there would be a lot of confusion and busywork related to communication.

    Recommends
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