Rice University Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
151 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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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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    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 for 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
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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 for more than a 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
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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    My colleagues were very nice.

    Cons

    I didn't like my project.

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    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    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

    I have been working at Rice University full-time for less than a year

    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
  10.  

    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

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

    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
  11.  

    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

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

    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

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