University of Rhode Island Reviews

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University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley, Ph.D.
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  1. Happy

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in South Kingstown, RI
    Former Employee - Lecturer in South Kingstown, RI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and friendly place. No tension, very relaxed. Peaceful and kind of remote campus.

    Cons

    Salary fixed by AAUP with state of RI who doesn't care about lecturer salaries.

  2. Like the natural environment, and a lot people there, but not the working environment,

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant/Lab Instructor in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant/Lab Instructor in Kingston, RI

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quite place, beautiful campus, very near to the beach. Summer and winter break. Salary is in the middle compare with teaching assistants in other universities. Diversity, you will meet people of different ages, countries, races.

    Cons

    Teaching assistant is used as matching position for professors. So actually, you work as both teaching assistant and research assistant. That means, you do two jobs but only get one income. Grad students, especially international students, are absolutely abused, from my view.

    Curriculum for both grads and under grads are outdated and too far away from the real-world application in industry. Course design should have and could have been more practical and more related to the real-world application.

    Advice to Management

    Let industry and local companies get involved more, such as, build joint labs, do the real research and solve the real problem. Ask people who work in real industry and are also good at teaching to give lectures, teach students the real knowledge, practical skills, stop torture students with theory or outdated methods and useless skills. Enlighten students and teach then how to think, stop making puppet.

  3. Great environment, wonderful people and rewarding work.

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    Former Employee - Media Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Media Assistant in Providence, RI

    I worked at University of Rhode Island

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, sense and size of community and convenience working and taking classes in the same building.

    Cons

    Unable to qualify for employment when you are not a student.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work.

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  5. Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition will be covered, can study at the same time

    Cons

    Sometimes, work overload. no personal office

    Advice to Management

    Good place to study and to live

  6. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Welcoming, Fun, Awesome, inspiring, helpful

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none

  9. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    general support, place is nice, people are nice

    Cons

    less research money, less travel fund, high teaching load

    Advice to Management

    help junior to success need to offer them time

  10. Wonderful place to study and work

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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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, you can work quite flexible

    Cons

    No further education provided by company

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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