Brown University Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Review Brown from a graduate student

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. 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.


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  5. A good school

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    • Senior Management
    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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    Brown is a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Average

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Benefits/Vacation are good if you've been there for over 5 years.

    Cons

    Financial System is a nightmare, degrees required for low paying jobs


  8. International Grad Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great people, nice professors, guaranteed funding for doctoral studies

    Cons

    Some departments not strong, (used to be) mainly undergrad-focused, so some grad schools not as developed/reputable as those in peer institutions, some advisers not tip-top when it comes to technical subject matter, international students sometimes left without assistance on issues

    Advice to Management

    More focus on grad school development, more protections/help for international students who face many challenges as they are new to the US life


  9. Poor Grad student

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

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

    Pros

    the east side of providence is a nice place to live

    Cons

    grad students are underpaid relative to other available opportunities

    Advice to Management

    give grad students proper dental insurance.


  10. Staff is underpaid

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

    I have been working at Brown University (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating environment, if you seek it out. Work Life balance, vacation time, health care benefits, retirement plan benefit, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Poor support for growth, poor management, staff is not valued. It doesn't feel like a liberal work environment, it feels like a republican run corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff appropriately and fairly, provide opportunity for advancement. Administration/Management is top heavy. Lower the salaries of the folks at the top and increase the salary add the bottom.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Research Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible Timing, and Brown gives a tuition stipend

    Cons

    Brown give a very Low salary

    Advice to Management

    Brown should give a higher salary



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