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Rice University Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
121 Reviews
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Pros
  • beautiful campus, great opportunities to advance, training available (in 17 reviews)

  • Funding was not an issue for graduate school, 100% of graduate students in my department received funding and tuition coverage (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of international graduate students, hard to understand sometimes (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to other universities (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work!

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

    I worked at Rice University

    Pros

    -Great bosses
    -Everyone is nice
    -Not too demanding in terms of the work-life balance
    -Beautiful campus with fantastic students

    Cons

    -None that I could really say
    -Some people don't like Houston due to its humidity and perhaps boringness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place for research

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

    I have been working at Rice University

    Pros

    People work here are very nice and the research atmosphere is strong and positive. The pay and benefits are also good.

    Cons

    Management communication across the departments is not as strong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication and collaboration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Highly collaborative research environment.

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

    I have been working at Rice University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Proximity to the Texas Medical Center is critical for research in the biomedical field.

    Cons

    There are some political issues with certain departments however this has not come to affect me in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My position was not one of management and as such I do not feel qualified to provide advice to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Alright, I suppose.

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

    I have been working at Rice University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stipend relative to the cost of living for the area, plenty of administrative support, very driven undergrads and students, decent school, beautiful campus. Administration cares, though they care about the undergrads more than the grad students.

    Cons

    It's in Houston - terrible weather and expect to have allergies. It feels like people only come here to work. Also, it's in the middle of a somewhat snobby neighborhood, though reasonably priced housing isn't TOO hard to find.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    research scientist

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

    I have been working at Rice University

    Pros

    good research environment, good office

    Cons

    no promotions, isolated in research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Instructor of Physics and Astronomy

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    Former Employee - Instructor of Physics and Astronomy in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor of Physics and Astronomy in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rice University

    Pros

    As an instructor I was expected to teach an introductory class of around 300 students. The students at Rice tend to be very motivated and are generally interested in doing well in the class, which makes the job a lot easier.

    Cons

    There are no tenure track teaching-only positions, so the instructor position is only temporary and if you want to pursue a career in teaching you know you must eventually switch jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    research assistant

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

    I have been working at Rice University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    a good place to work, nice staff, fun colleagues, good maintenance

    Cons

    a bit small, less networking than bigger ones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open more interesting courses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Intern

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

    I worked at Rice University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours
    friendly atmosphere
    good work life balance

    Cons

    A lot of international graduate students, hard to understand sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more organization and train us more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing experience at Rice University

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

    I worked at Rice University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work. The people are nice, the atmosphere is beautiful. Great benefits too!

    Cons

    There are absolutely no cons in my book. I love this place and would recommend it to friends and family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for work life balance

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    Former Employee - Support Administrative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Support Administrative in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rice University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balances and opportunity to meet smartest people in the world and learn from them.

    Cons

    Politically charged place, where offending the wrong person can hurt big time career wise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work should come before people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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