Brown University Reviews

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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. Student Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University

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

    Pros

    Love It! I get to work with very intellectual people every day and everyone is always wanting to know more!

    Cons

    I currently do not have any negative things to say about Brown University as it is a great place to work and I love being here!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Management is to keep on being great! I love the environment and the initiative the management is taking to expand Brown!


  2. Research Assistant

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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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Brown is a great place to work and the benefits, such as healthcare, are top notch. The university really does reach out to show the faculty and staff that they are valued within the Brown community.

    Cons

    From a scientific stand point, academic research is not all that well funded and can move slowly at times, but that has less to do with Brown itself and more with the structure of how scientific research is funded as a whole.


  3. Research Assistant

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    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Depending on the lab in which you work, you could be in an environment that caters to your growth, which could be very beneficial to your future endeavors.

    Cons

    Contrastingly, you could be in an environment that is toxic for your individual research style and ultimately grow to dislike the research assistant position.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to all of the undergraduate research assistants working at Brown University in order to gain a better idea of how to help this under-funded and over-worked population.


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  5. Review Brown from a graduate student

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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 (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.


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    associate professor

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

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice to live and work in north east, colleagues good

    Cons

    low pay, transition from college to research university problematic, no resources for research


  7. 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.


  8. Nice Way to Earn Money as a student

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

    I worked at Brown University

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

    Pros

    Easy way to earn money as a student, work on own schedule and log hours on own.

    Cons

    None really -- depends on what you are doing

    Advice to Management

    All good to me


  9. Lead System Administrator

    Current Employee - Lead Systems Administrator in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Administrator in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Unbeatable benefits packages, flexible hours for salaried employees w/ telecommute options, stable positions.

    Cons

    Usually limited career growth opportunities, total compensation is on the low end of competitive. Some benefits are difficult to use.


  10. Administrative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greene, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greene, RI

    I worked at Brown University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great city, nice to work with brilliant professors/doctors, enjoyable working in academia

    Cons

    No mechanism for removing toxic/apathetic employees, pay discrepancies, resistance to/insufficient support for education/career development for employees

    Advice to Management

    Don't tolerate toxic employees, support career development, support work-life balance


  11. Applications Manager and Tech Project Lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Ivy League Higher Ed - Working hard to providing the world with brilliant graduates and amazing research. 4 weeks vacation and one week off paid for winter holiday break - 37.5 hours a week.

    Cons

    Poor increases, high medical, and 37.5 hours are in the work week, but hard to come under 50.



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