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Rice University Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
163 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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    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 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 an 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
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    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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    Great opportunity for grad students.

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

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

    Pros

    Great and beautiful campus environment.
    Well known University for Engineering
    Fairly low cost city (Houston)
    Good instructures and researchers in physics and ECE departments
    Good leadership

    Cons

    constant salaries for grad students over a long period of time
    Not good enough dining places

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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 an 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
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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 an 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
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    It was a good learning experience for graduate school.

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

    I worked at Rice University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My colleagues were very nice.

    Cons

    I didn't like my project.

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    Good

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good place to work. The peoples are good and friendly. Ready to help.

    Cons

    Nothing. Its a instate of full of opportunity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent!

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

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

    Pros

    Doing research at Rice was a rewarding and exciting experience.

    Cons

    The time it took to finish my PhD was longer than expected and it was difficult to publish my work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professors are leaders in their field - which also means they are active in their field without a lot of time for their students. More access to guidance and professional help would be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent Job Experience

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

    I worked at Rice University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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

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