Brown University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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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. Adjuct (seasonal) faculty

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Continuing Education Instructor in Providence, RI
    Current Contractor - Continuing Education Instructor in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    + Supportive environment + Underdog mentality + Great for hard workers

    Cons

    - Managing through the bureaucracy can be challenging - Brown is not Princeton nor Harvard (yet) - Slow to embrace new developments (online learning)

    Advice to Management

    Just relax and let the schools run themselves. Give more support for professional/graduate students.


  2. EMT for Brown EMS

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EMT in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - EMT in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and environment, allows for downtime during shifts.

    Cons

    Not much variety in calls. Low call volume. Low hourly salary.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about positions and their expectations. Restructure upward mobility opportunities.


  3. Administrative Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Director in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, insurance buy-out program, generous vacation time, and many on-site events you can attend for free, RIPTA Bus pass

    Cons

    salaries are low for some jobs, parking is an issue depending on your location, congested area, not much opportunity for growth in some areas

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Research Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Student Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Student Research Associate in Providence, RI
    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!


  7. Research Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  8. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


  10. Staff is underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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. Nice Way to Earn Money as a student

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    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



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