University of Rhode Island

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University of Rhode Island Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
42 Reviews
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University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley, Ph.D.
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  1.  

    Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Circulation Desk Help in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Circulation Desk Help in Kingston, RI

    I worked at University of Rhode Island part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Welcoming, Fun, Awesome, inspiring, helpful

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

    Recommends
  2.  

    A lot of great colleagues, but salaries need major realignment and some longtime administrators need to move on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, RI

    I worked at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Good environment
    The University is rapidly expanding and moving forward

    Cons

    Some longtime administrators are holding back progress and can't trust up-and-coming leaders to make decisions.
    Some salaries are way out of alignment with market values. The leadership of many departments know this and have come up with creative ways to give higher salaries through some wacky justifications. The state really needs to let URI take control of their own personnel and adjust salaries in place without having to jump through hoops in order to recruit and retain bright people. I hear they are making progress on this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push for independence in making personnel decisions without state interference and realign salaries with market values. You cannot expect to recruit and retain quality faculty/staff when, for example, some staff positions require a master's degree and pay less than $40,000. What do you think you will get?

    Also, some of the long-serving administrators need to go. They may have done a great job in the past but now you really need fresh thinking, new ideas, and innovation that they are holding up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Your experience depends on your PI, do your research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on PI it is a great experience, very helpful, TA positions available to offset graduate student costs

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of motivation, negative energy, lack of information for new graduate students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Assistant professor

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Kingston, RI

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    general support, place is nice, people are nice

    Cons

    less research money, less travel fund, high teaching load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help junior to success need to offer them time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful place to study and work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment, you can work quite flexible

    Cons

    No further education provided by company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good school but jobs (requirements/salaries/structures) have not kept up with the times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Rhode Island

    Pros

    good benefits as a state agency

    Cons

    salaries are not competitive for most induistries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure jobs, organization, thought without increase in funding it will be difficult

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in neutral

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some programs are doing quite well, most notably Pharmacy where 100% of grads are placed. Some signs of growth with new Chemistry building going up and new fitness center as well.

    Cons

    Not a lot of positive energy. Pay is amongst the lowest of any large state schools in New England. Some schools/departments get lots of support while others flounder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved and make a bigger presence on campus. There's simply no mojo at URI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Comparable salary and benefits to other major universities.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Narragansett, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Narragansett, RI

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, especially the Bay campus in Narragansett. Salary and benefits for graduate research assistants are comparable to other major universities in New England. As with other major universities, your experience is very department dependent.

    Cons

    Inconsistent infrastructure depending on the department. Some departments have very poor infrastructure some are modern and cutting edge. Due to the nature of being a state university the outsourcing of contract work has had mixed results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvement of infrastructure. Many buildings need upkeep and maintenance is spotty/poor.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing. I never fully appreciated how much URI has to offer until after graduation. They set you up for success.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI

    I worked at University of Rhode Island as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great equipment. Beautiful campus. Many accommodations.

    Cons

    State school not a university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's a bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Rhode Island part-time

    Pros

    With that being said, how you choose to spend your time at the university will ultimately influence your quality of life at the university

    Cons

    Your employer is really the state so there's an inherent shackle on your leg to advancing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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