Brown University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
116 Reviews
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116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great academic climate, great benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • It's prestigious (an Ivy league school) (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Research opportunities for non-Brown University graduate level researchers are limited (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    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
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    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

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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Great academic environment

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    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

  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    Great place for Grad School

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

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Very good culture at Brown

    Cons

    Providence is a small city

    Recommends
  9.  

    Amazing research opportunities specially in the Biomedical Engineering Field

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Professional experience at as early a stage as freshman year of college and availability of amazing resources.

    Cons

    Low paid jobs and a lot of competition for top research positions.

  10.  

    Brown University is friendly place to learn and to have fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

    Pros

    Friendly students. Nice professors who are always ready to help you. The city is cool. Nice restaurants. Nice stores, each having an unique flavor. Not crazy as Boston. You can find places in the city to relax.

    Cons

    Things are expensive. The little art and clothing stores have nice items, but they are expansive for students coming from not well-to-do families.

  11.  

    Ivy League?

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

    I have been working at Brown University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Sometimes flexible and interesting work. Great benefits and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Faculty eventually become administration with varying success and little experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prof dev for faculty interested in admin to develop management skills.

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