Roger Williams University Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Coach

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roger Williams University

    Pros

    Great location and work environment.

    Cons

    didn't stay long enough for other reasons.


  2. Adjunct professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Bristol, RI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Bristol, RI

    I have been working at Roger Williams University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They treat their adjuncts with tremendous respect and value our contribution. The students are outstanding!

    Cons

    While they pay more than some schools, the pay is still low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Bristol, RI
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Bristol, RI

    I worked at Roger Williams University (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful location Good food Some nice people to work with

    Cons

    Upper management in constant political war Frozen tuition didn't address rising costs to support business side of campus Much turnover equals much turmoil, overworked staff

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for decisions made


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  5. Professor

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    Current Employee - Professor in Bristol, RI
    Current Employee - Professor in Bristol, RI

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, many opportunities, good pay, decent benefits. Tenure process is vague, but since the place is a union shop, everyone gets tenure. Very little shared office space, professional development funds (about 3 thousand per faculty member), guaranteed raises.

    Cons

    Tenure process is vague, but since the place is a union shop, everyone gets tenure. Most faculty members are mediocre at best, and those that rise above the rest are often sabotaged by other faculty members. RWU hires people who will not threaten the status quo, and Admin can't figure out why the faculty are generally lazy and unproductive. Very little diversity, but the administration is really focused on the issue, although their definition is defined as people of color. Basically RWU is looking for an identity and needs to find a way to be happy with what it is (whatever that is). Heavy teaching loads (4-3) and summer pay (overload) is low. The school has been sued several times (most recently for gender discrimination), and administration turns over frequently. Admin has obvious disdain for faculty (not surprising since the few strong faculty members are over shadowed by the poor ones) and has a hard time changing the culture because the union fights change.

    Advice to Management

    Hold faculty feet to the fire, make them conduct research or at least engage in some research process. Act like a institute of higher education, not some "academic club." Have admin. communicate their wishes and engage faculty in making the changes.


  6. Great employer with lots of opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roger Williams University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and campus are beautiful.

    Cons

    Politics, but that's Higher Ed.


  7. Higher education institution in search of itself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roger Williams University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Generally good people and working conditions

    Cons

    Administration leaves a lot to be desired, especially former president..new president seems better but brings his political bent

    Advice to Management

    Better strategic plan..freezing tuition is only a short term solution..need to improve the overall quality of education


  8. Good people but lots of hours.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator of Residential Education in Bristol, RI
    Former Employee - Coordinator of Residential Education in Bristol, RI

    I worked at Roger Williams University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Get to work with lots of very good people. Job is satisfying at times. Good job for someone that likes to work with college students.

    Cons

    A lot of talk about work/life balance, but the demands on your time do not allow for it. When you live at work, it can be hard to balance.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your live-on staff needs a break now and then.


  9. Politics in higher education

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Roger Williams University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Satisfying and rewarding working with current students and alumni of this university.

    Cons

    Being in middle management is a nightmare of office politics. Safer to be in one of the 5 unions at this university. Saw many (good) people get fired, escorted out with no notice, and generally treated badly. The perils of working in an "at will" state perhaps, but definitely a peril of working at RWU! :(

    Advice to Management

    Treat people humanely and check your ego at the door.


  10. Great Work-Life balance, civic engagement, and opportunities for practical experience for students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, RI

    I have been working at Roger Williams University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Welcoming and collaborative company culture; outcomes-oriented while staying engaged personally with individual students, employees, and alumni; great faculty support in certain majors; and excellent executive and administrative support from the top down; allowance for departmental initiatives and creativity.

    Cons

    Challenge to meet all outcomes expectations with available staff; student expectations about jobs, internships, and placements are not in line with the functions of outreach & engagement programs.


  11. A fantastic experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roger Williams University (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very family friendly work environment. The benefits as well as time off provided were fantastic.

    Cons

    The upper echelons of RWU are very male dominated and sometimes very sexist, especially athletics.



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