Roger Williams University

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Roger Williams University Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
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  1.  

    I loved working for RWU and would definitely consider employment with them again.

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

    I worked at Roger Williams University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The staff I worked with were incredibly kind, helpful and welcoming. RWU has a great group of students, wonderful facilities, beautifully located and compensate well compared to some other schools.

    Cons

    Parking/Public safety are very difficult to deal with. Also somewhat unclear with reimbursements for expenses while working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Politics in higher education

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Roger Williams University full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat people humanely and check your ego at the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    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 for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    A fantastic experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roger Williams University for more than 5 years

    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.

    Recommends
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    good employer with good pay

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Bristol, RI
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Bristol, RI

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

    Pros

    Overall this was a good experience with competitive pay. They tend to promote from within and have good management and administration.

    Cons

    The company had a vertical structure that was not what I was looking for which led me to leave to company eventually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquire better talent

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Divided, Political and Unfocused

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

    I have been working at Roger Williams University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful location on the water, very near Providence. Less than one hour to Boston, and Amtrak to NYC. Good pay, good benefits, heavy on study abroad opportunities for faculty. Very little shared office space, and you have good resources. Union shop. New President, new Provost, and a fairly new slightly diverse board of trustees.

    Cons

    Union shop, run by few old timers who control most processes at the faculty level. Back-stabbing, active sabotage, and under-the-table-favors. Inconstancy in policies from administration, and very ineffective deans in most of the schools. Assistant Deans are over paid and apparently have nothing to do. Other senior administration positions are entrenched with "RI politics" and are above the fray when their misdeeds find the light of day.

    Significant growing pains. New President is not popular and New Provost just hired. The University is trying to find a niche, but the place is fragmented.

    For every one producing faculty member there are five that sit back and do nothing, including not prepping for class. The school is expensive (45k a year) and caters to the massive amounts of helicopter parents, thus making grade inflation and "special allowance" done commonplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the corporate culture. Get rid of long-timers who are entrenched in the old ways of doing this. Create a sense of unity, a sense of direction after removing those who are not on board. Hire administrators who have the strength to act on their convictions, and empower them to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    Enjoyable Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Construction Management Major  in  Bristol, RI
    Current Employee - Construction Management Major in Bristol, RI

    I have been working at Roger Williams University

    Pros

    I was very satisfied with the construction management major. The teachers were very helpful and my peers were all good people and good group members. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Living on campus does not allow for any partying without being disciplined. The police will break up any party they see or hear about in the town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to revise their disciplinary system. They also need to create some off campus living (apartment style) so that students could do what they want without liability issues, police and campus personnel issues.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Roger Williams University is a bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Librarian  in  Bristol, RI
    Current Employee - Librarian in Bristol, RI

    I have been working at Roger Williams University

    Pros

    The students are the only reason why this job is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Management is terrible throughout the departments. Stuck in a union that protects the bad workers. Poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve training, whether through tuition reimbursement at other Universities (as there is little offered here) or other ways to receive training. Higher better managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roger Williams University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed getting to know staff, faculty, and students at RWU. There were professional development opportunities and potential for growth there.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in student body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are many areas with growth potential for the university. Focus on quality, not quantity.

    Recommends
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    Roger Williams is fair to its employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Roger Williams always gave the opportunity to connect and develop a relationship with your supervisor(s).

    Cons

    Because of the politics of a small, liberal, University, do not expect to move up in management unless you make the "right" connections. Also, the more money you personally have, the more likely you're going to make the "right" connections. A lot of interviewees are judged by their clothing, if you do not wear the correct brands, you will not get the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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