Brown University Reviews in Rhode Island

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
116 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Great institution to work for

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Laid back atmosphere
    -Opportunities for networking
    -Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    -Not a lot of opportunity for growth
    -Salaries are not very negotiable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Library student staff

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    Former Employee - Library Student Staff  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Library Student Staff in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, you can do homework while on duty

    Cons

    If you're new, you don't always get your first choice of hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Unorganized but in a wonderful city

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    Former Employee - Residential Advisor  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Residential Advisor in Providence, RI

    I worked at Brown University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Brown attracts some wonderful people to Providence. The city itself is surprisingly cool, with a great food and art scene. Some of the best restaurants I've ever been to in my life.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic- I fee like I could have planned some things much better than the people they have above me. Lots of pointless meetings and bad food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stream-line things and have a reason for doing what you're doing, instead of "just because".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    UTRA researcher

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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 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was great research opportunity. I got to establish good relation with my professor. I learned a lot about scientific research techniques and adapted into a lab environment. Co-workers are very intelligent and helpful.

    Cons

    The payment nearly or not all covered the expenses. It was a bit lonely to work on campus during summer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    wonderful time, fun people, good students

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

    I worked at Brown University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits, relaxing pace and room for growth

    Cons

    there were no cons at this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get management who really understand diversity, particularly in regards to race and gender

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    just soso

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    get paid well at least

    Cons

    office politics is hard to understand

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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