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Rice University Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
174 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Excellent place to do a PhD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rice University

    Pros

    This University is top class, you are provided with every possibility to succeed.

    Cons

    Would have been nice to get paid more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay grad students more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing environment and hired to do their job without micromanagement. Great benefits and salary.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rice University

    Pros

    Amazing academic and professional environment with room for growth. Benefits and salary are competitive. Students are very interesting and you can really be involved in the Rice culture. Just a great place to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Advancement in salary is a challenge once you have accepted your salary at hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure as I was in academia and position was set

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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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.  

    Rice Athletic Department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rice University

    Pros

    Great benefits, and solid mission

    Cons

    Limited upside in my position, poor pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Rice University Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great campus, people, and resources.

    Cons

    Typical academia complaints. Bureaucracy and politics everywhere.

  9.  

    Balanced work life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rice University

    Pros

    Good life -balance, flexible, good benefits, nice people.

    Cons

    Culture is difficult to change, some staff have been there 20 yrs plus and don't like change. Organization let's operations and support areas suffer and direct investments to keep image the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make critical investment on the foundation of the organization to be set up for success in yrs to come.

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rice University

    Pros

    Great place to work, truly cares about employees, benefits are great. Feels like a small family environment where everyone is appreciated.

    Cons

    Sometimes the small town feel means a lack of growth. Parking is quite expensive, but this is the case on any college campus.

    Recommends

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