Rice University Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus and a great knowledge bank (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
  • The stipends for graduate students is a little bit low especially for married (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1. Undergraduate Researcher

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. The people I work with are extremely intelligent and push me to be a better scientist.

    Cons

    Because of the environment I find my work intruding on my work/life balance. I often work longer hours, not because I have to, but because I feel like I need to.


  2. Great for many, slightly frustrating to hard chargers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mid Level Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Liberal Vacation Time and a Beautiful campus. You are also doing work that matters. Contributing to the betterment of the world.

    Cons

    If you aren't faculty, you are a second class citizen. Under-performers never get moved along, so if you are a hard charger and ambitious, it can be very frustrating. Senior leadership in-fighting leads to many roadblocks for middle management to actually accomplish anything for the greater good of the university.

    Advice to Management

    Reward performers and move under-performers out of the university, not just to another department within. Take a good look at leadership culture and make cooperation a primary requirement.


  3. Great learning environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Educational Technology Student Worker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Educational Technology Student Worker in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rice University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Student workers are given real responsibilities but are still trained and helped along the way. There are many department and university-wide events and lunches that you get invited to as well.

    Cons

    Many office politics come into effect that can affect day to day work. Sometimes you need to do what pleases the university board.


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  5. Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    1. Access to multiple instruments - high tech instruments are available to anyone on campus that has been trained. You can look up the instruments on sea.rice.edu
    2. A collaborative atmosphere is fostered there, so it is easy to approach unknown groups to discuss new ideas for your research or to propose a new one.
    3. Of course this depends on the faculty you work with, but innovative ideas are encouraged and you are able to pursue them.
    4. Located in an area called the village where different types of restaurants are available for eating.
    5. Library is great. If it can not provide access to the materials you need in house or through interlibrary loan, it will buy the materials you need.

    Cons

    1. The parking is expensive.
    2. On campus food for fellows is not the best.


  6. Excellent university

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Rice University

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, nice people, nice weather

    Cons

    Too small, not so many opportunities working with others in school


  7. Great place to work if you don

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Equipment Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Equipment Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rice University (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People were great to work with everyday. Benefits were pretty good and hours were flexible.

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation from upper level management. Long hours for low compensation. Had to fight to get overtime approved even though we worked longer than 40 a week. A expectation to work more than 40 but only report 40.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what the are worth and what they deserve. Would have loved to stay at company but at some point you would expect a little help from the employer.


  8. cousdian

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cousdian II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cousdian II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Rice University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    reliable and dedicated to themselves

    Cons

    too many bosses that don't know the job

    Advice to Management

    check on you supervises to see how they are treating the employees


  9. Research Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Rice University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, vacation days (5 days off for winter break)

    Cons

    Depending on your project, there are days of many hours, and/or doing some work during weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Have a mentor program so that research scientists know the opportunities available, such as help to apply for green-card, possibilities to teach, possibilities/requirements to become a faculty fellow.


  10. Helpful (1)

    great environment but not as good as everybody likes to claim

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As faculty/researcher it is a fantastic place to work because of the unique combination of quality and small size. This latter makes it easier to deal with the painful admistrative overhead that accompanies research (note that the actual overhead costs on grants are not as high as in many other places, but they still hurt).
    Students are great, atmosphere is great, facilities are great, and I will add that Houston is great.

    Cons

    More than a "con" is an observation about what I felt is a mismatch between the talking and the "walking" for what concerns collegiality, loosely defined (probably the most used/abused word in every meeting/gathering/report). Everybody is quick and happy to fill his/her mouth with big self-congratulatory statements about collegiality, but in my experience the collegiality stops there.
    It does not run very deep. That's been my experience. There is not a true spirit of being a "community", instead of just a cohabitation of researchers under the same roof. Dept. events (social, but also colloquia) tend to be poorly attended for instance, which I would consider a pretty genuine clue that people don't care that much about the rest or their department (and not just the divas).

    Advice to Management

    Improvements have happened over time, slowly, but there is still a lot of room for improvement on faculty/instructors/postdoc mentoring. The older generation's faculty often seem to see it as a sign of weakness and there isn't yet a "culture" of the importance of mentoring and appreciation of its positive impact not just on mentees but on mentors themselves.


  11. A great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Rice University

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

    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 Management

    -None!



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