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Brown University Providence Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  • low pay (but annual raise of up to 2 (in 12 reviews)

  • A lot of graduate students seem to struggle with work-life balance issues, which is probably common at most Universities (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Fun and Rewarding Place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good networking with MIT and other Boston colleges

    Cons

    Providence is a very quiet city


  2. "Interviewer for Dept of Gerontology NADDI Study"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Freelancer - Interviewer in Providence, RI
    Former Freelancer - Interviewer in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed. Most time spent on phone with elderly population. Goals were met for metrics. Pleasant place to work, staff was accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed, would do again.

    Cons

    Was a temp position.

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. "Prof at Brown"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Professor in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    academic freedom; bright students; location

    Cons

    unequal pay for women professors; administrative nepotism; entitled students


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  5. "Great experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Head Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Head Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with students and friends as a TA while you learn other skills as a student
    Great sense of community

    Cons

    Low wage and marginal bonuses per semester

    Advice to Management

    None - great management!


  6. "Hostile and intimidating workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, hours, PTO, Healthcare

    Cons

    UNIVERSITY EMERGENCY MEDICINE FOUNDATION IS A hostile workplace. Management will do anything they can to cover their butts. The do not follow employment laws, ADA Laws, FMLA laws. No progressive discipline. They fire anyone for any reason. They consistently use the "you are an employee at will, we can fire for any reason at any time", to the extent that it effects employees morale. Most administrative employees are concerned about being terminated at anytime because throughout the years it has happened on a regular basis. Physicians are treated completely differently than administrative employee. Management will lie, create false documentation, coerece other employee to lie and verbally abuse and harass and intimidate administrative personnel to get them to do what they want. Unprofessional managerial behavior. Beware!

    Advice to Management

    Too much to write. HR AND MANAGEMENT completely unacceptable behavior.


  7. "Teaching Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, great work experience, low entry barrier

    Cons

    The pay could be a little higher.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Summer @ Brown Leader Fellow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leader Fellow in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Leader Fellow in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff to work with and great way to gain experience within the teaching field.

    Cons

    Little free time to yourself.


  9. "Biomedical engineering at Brown"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Biomedical engineering at Brown is really great. You can always talk with smart people from multi-disciplines and get valuable advice from them.

    Cons

    The amount of work you deal with is challenging. You need to find a way to balance you life and work.


  10. "Accounting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits , nice staff as well

    Cons

    People need to wake up and see how valuable the little ppl are.. we work hard but don't seem to get respect or paid as well as we should

    Advice to Management

    Look at your current staff and do some housecleaning


  11. "Excellent Benefits, Lean Salaries"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations and Events Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Operations and Events Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's great culture and support to be found if you have the time and flexibility to look/work for it. Many students, faculty, and staff share a true passion for the University and are encouraged to work harder in pursuit of common goals. The vacation and sick time package is a great perk, as is the free access to RIPTA.

    Cons

    Salaries are lean. Very lean. And many departments are increasingly understaffed- so we are constantly asked to do more for (and with) less. Salaries do not increase to meet cost of living expenses, and don't always even increase enough to outweigh increased cost of benefits. I hope that Brown/Human Resources doesn't consider cutting back on too many of the existing perks, because it's one of the few ways to make working at the university financially viable.



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