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Brown University Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
142 Reviews
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142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    great!

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

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    The environment is old-fashioned which i really liked.

    Cons

    weather was a bit problematic.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Brown is good

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the people are helpful and nice, and Providence is a very livable city.

    Cons

    Brown is the forgotten Ivy and a bit sensitive about it. That matters perhaps if you are faculty, but probably matters less for the vast majority of employees of the University.

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  3.  

    Great people, great atmosphere, honest work

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    Current Employee - Intern in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Intern in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    I interned with Brown University and everyone is very polite and caring. The hiring process is straightforward and HR is very courteous to one's needs.

    Cons

    Could be difficult to work while in school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place tow ork

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Pros

    Learned a great deal about the workforce in a college setting

    Cons

    Some other employees don't show much enthusiasm because it is a college job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your standards high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience as a Teaching and Research Fellow (as PhD student)

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources for students, good stipend and funding (in the sciences at least). Grad students are generally treated with respect.

    Cons

    No dental coverage provided in the student health insurance plan. The supplemental insurance one can purchase is a terrible deal.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    absolutely awesome- but isolating without an outside network

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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

    Loved my research, the professors for the most part are very nice, very intelligent and great to work with. Exceptions to every rule, of course, but for the most part it's a really great research community.

    Cons

    Loved my work, but my department (engineering) lacked much comradery among the other phd students in the program. You really have to be pro-active in order to meet other people and make friends. I'm originally from New England, otherwise I think I would have had a much harder time adjusting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a small program, but don't be afraid to hold everyone to a high standard. Some people just aren't worth holding on to, don't be afraid to weed them out. This goes for the professors that are real jerks to the grad students and the grad students that just are just wasting everyone's time.

    Recommends
  8.  

    research at Brown University

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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

    Pros

    Excellent research environment, nice people. Providence is a nice place to live, very convenient.

    Cons

    winter is not lovely here. Very cold and heavy snow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Brown University Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    - relaxed environment
    - small campus, easy transportation

    Cons

    - work environment may change every semester

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment. People are friendly here.

    Cons

    Nothing

  11.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Brown University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, not stresssful

    Cons

    Too laid back at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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