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Rice University Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
145 Reviews

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Pros
  • beautiful campus, great opportunities to advance, training available (in 16 reviews)

  • Location is great and central to Houston, next to the medical center and downtown (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much food option for graduate students (in 11 reviews)

  • I don't feel like there is an opportunity for advancement (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Job Experience

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    Former Employee - IOS Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IOS Developer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good pay and friendly co-workers. It was a clean working environment. The pay was good and the schedule was flexible.

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever. This was a great place to work at, and I would have no problem working there again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had positive experience at Rice.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Associate in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Rice is close to Texas Medical Center. So, there are lots of ways to collaborate medical researcher from there. There are so many resources available at Rice for a Postdoc.

    Cons

    Rice works a bit like a company in my view. Hard to discuss time off, and I had a bit more difficulty to get support for travel, conference from my supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Postdocs should be treated not like staff but more like a faculty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to conduct research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Very good academic atmosphere, smart professors and students around, solid political and industrial connections. Researchers get good technical support and career opportunities, and it is very easy to blend in.

    Cons

    Living cost on the neighborhood is pretty high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    worked for 2 years as campus tour guide

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    Former Employee - Campus Tour Guide  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Campus Tour Guide in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, easy to get someone to cover your shift, decent pay for how easy the job was, a lot of communication between tour guides and superiors

    Cons

    Limited availability of hours, disorganized system that let to guides not showing up to their shift times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more picky about who you hire, don't over hire

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Most people who aren't graduate students at Rice are generally happy
    Lots of resources
    Nice looking campus in the heart of the city
    Strong research and educational reputation

    Cons

    Rice is a high output research institution and it's built on the backs of underpaid and overworked graduate students
    Located in Houston, Texas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage researchers to allow graduate students to be more human and less machines
    Treat people and situations with more passion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A very nice place to work with

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good benefit and working circumstance.

    Cons

    It is a place working with stress as research scientist. This also depend on the supervisor you work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recommend place to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent environment, experience will depend on department

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, lots of friendly and caring people.
    The Shared Equipment Authority is very helpful for graduate students in being able to perform research.

    Cons

    The health insurance policy is not as comprehensive for graduate students as at some other universities, but it has improved this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to support the faculty so that good faculty will stay. Faculty who care about teaching/students while at the same time leading very successful research programs are important in making the university what it is, and the quality of the faculty is what undergraduates and graduate students look for in choosing to attend the university. Please don't hire faculty members just because they have a high profile if they are poor teachers and treat their students or colleagues poorly. Such faculty start changing the culture and can cause good faculty to leave and high caliber students to choose other schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An amazing place to work for students and young professionals

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    Pros

    great atmosphere, beautiful campus, smart people, the university management and professors are very supportive, unlimited opportunities, low cost of living in Houston, across the street from the medical center (great for medical and public health professionals), positive personal growth.

    Cons

    Houston can be very hot during the summer, but it's something to get used to. Working here is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rice values its students and workers and treats them very well. I worked for the university both as a student and as a recent grad and the professors are supportive of all your endeavors and help you succeed in any way they can. I've had an amazing few years at Rice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You either love it or you hate it. There's not much in between.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Good time off. Access to very nice fitness facilities. Many colleagues with lots of history with the institution. A general vibe of interest in education and lifelong learning. Beautiful campus. The $150,000 benefit -- children attend free, if they can gain admittance.

    Cons

    Whether you enjoy working at Rice seems to depend largely on what department you work in. Managers seem to have a lot of autonomy to either make your work life fun and pleasant or to micromanage and make your life miserable. Because there are lots of folks who have worked there for years and years, there can be some resistance to change and to operating according to best practice. It's that old "if it ain't broke" mentality. Also, I always found it odd that even employees must pay to park.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent folks and then let them run with their projects. Micromanaging kills creativity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wannabe Ivy ruled by deep pockets and provincial attitudes.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    More money than they know what to do with, though most of it put to waste.

    Cons

    Low pay and limited benefits. Huge divide between largely unproductive faculty and staff. Grossly unqualified upper admin staff (associate deans, etc.). Little sense of community and huge turf wars. Shameful slippage in school rankings from nearly breaking into top 10 to now the bottom of top 20.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a top-to-bottom audit of every department and office and ask yourself if any of your faculty or staff would be hired by any of your benchmark competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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