Rice University
4.2 of 5 121 reviews
www.rice.edu Houston, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Rice University Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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4.2 94 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Rice University President Dave Leebron

Dave Leebron

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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"Unconventional" University with lots of opportunities

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Rice University part-time for more than a year

ProsDiverse and tight-knit community. Very intimate classroom setting and research departments. Beautiful campus and fantastic, interesting people.

ConsWith all these new changes happening (or being discussed), feels like university wants to turn from being quirky, unconventional to trying to be on par with top 10 schools

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research assistant in finite element analysis, structural reliability, life-cycle cost, and machine learning techniques

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsI am in Rice University to pursue my Ph.D. degree

ConsTo overcome some challenging problems came across in research.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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abundance of resources and friendly environment

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Prosbeautiful and safe campus, a lot of lab space, especially at the BRC building, friendly co-workers, easy access to advisor in my case, close to the medical center for biomedical research collaboration

Conssmall community so sometimes limited online subscription, sometimes hard to find people who do similar kind of research outside the lab

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Great place to work in if you can overlook the salary

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Rice University part-time for more than 3 years

ProsInnovative place with high quality research.

ConsLow pay compared to other universities

Advice to Senior ManagementRent is raising all around Houston, especially the old and cheap apt around school is being teared down, provide more stipend or build new housings!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good University, good life

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Rice University part-time for more than 5 years

ProsHouston is cheap so the payment for a grad student here will actually make your life easier than your counterparts in other US cities. There is no fixed schedule so you can devote your free time to other activities.

ConsYou don't know if you are a student or an employee and this doesn't feel good at all. But it's like with all grad schools.

Advice to Senior ManagementWould be good if we have official vacation times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Rice University part-time for more than 3 years

ProsTakes good care of its students and employees

ConsThere needs to be more compensation for students.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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Great Place to work

Administrative Assistant to the Editor (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

Prosbeautiful campus, great opportunities to advance, training available

Consthe summer weather and the traffic/ no public transportation to speak of

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worked full-time as a lifeguard for Rice Aquatics.

Head Lifeguard (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsFlexible hours, can work as much as you want, meet other Rice students.

ConsDoes not pay very well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Many perks, but not perfect either

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Houston, TX

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

ProsRice has a beautiful, open, and peaceful campus, so it's nice to go to campus/work for aesthetic reasons. Direct, first-hand access to infinite sources of cutting edge knowledge, technology, and research. Location is great and central to Houston, next to the medical center and downtown. There are more squirrels on campus than people!

ConsHigher Ed salary is generally not as competitive as for-profit companies. Employees have to pay for their own parking on-campus and the amount is deducted from their paycheck.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Broadly speaking a fantastic place for academic research in science and engineering.

Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Rice University full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery research-friendly environment.
Pretty agile administration for what concerns grants and facilities.
Great undergraduate students who make the teaching part quite enjoyable, facilitated also by the small class size.
Benefits are reasonably good.
Houston is quite a great city, though not pretty, and it has been getting better noticeably.
It may sound trite, but cost of living, housing, are significantly cheaper than probably any other large city.

ConsBenefits are not as good as one would think.
Real estate market has gone up quite steeply in the central parts of the metropolitan area ("inside the loop").
In the last five years there seems to have been an explosion of the size of the administration, while at the same time faculty hires have not enjoyed the same expansion.
I have lost count of how many vice-provost, associate-dean, and permutations, have been created! Never a good sign.

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