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Brown University Providence Reviews

Updated November 3, 2017
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  • low pay (but annual raise of up to 2 (in 12 reviews)

  • Everyone is stressed out, the culture doesn't have good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good choice"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown University part-time

    Pros

    Reputation, and professors are generally helpful and easy to access

    Cons

    No Cons, Brown will always be my best memory


  2. "Great environment for graduate students"

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    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome network and culture among graduate students. Lots of opportunities for career development. Faculty members truly care about the success and well-being of students.

    Cons

    Grad school is very difficult and can be demoralizing over time (but this is not particular to Brown).

  3. "Great place for graduate students"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Free health insurance (for graduate students)
    High-quality facilities
    Many resources on campus to help students find jobs

    Cons

    No summer pay, though this appears to have changed recently.
    Some graduate students run out of funding before they can finish degree

    Advice to Management

    Open up more opportunities for advanced graduate students to teach, instead of hiring adjuncts


  4. "Student Review"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brown offers a dynamic and challenging intellectual environment.

    Cons

    Job prospects for social science and humanities students are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a central, job/application hub or portal intended for social science and humanities students.


  5. "Great experience as a student worker"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked in the kitchen of the dining hall. Great leadership and people.

    Cons

    Tough policy if you are sick.


  6. "Pleasant Academic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - flexible work attitude
    - surrounded by intellectuals
    - reasonable hours (no pressure to work extra)
    - interesting work

    Cons

    no real cons, could have been paid more elsewhere but the environment and benefits are worth it.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


  7. "Great Place to be a PhD and Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at Brown University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of resources, Sheridan Center for teaching, Good Campus Environment.

    Cons

    You may get bored about the restaurants nearby.

  8. "Stable, fair employer, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Manager in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse staff, reliable employment, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Not as much opportunity for advancement


  9. "No employee protection or room for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I didn't utilize health benefits, but I was told comparatively they are ok.

    Cons

    Quite frankly, as a former long term employee of Brown I would strongly advise against employment here much to the contrary of what most people think. There is very little support for employees once you are an actual employee. Managers rule here, and employees word carries very little weight. The University and Med School side operate on very different planes and both are quite political and are hesitant to work together when a situation arises. Everything is all smoke and mirrors - for good PR - that's all.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees, and stop with the illegal activities.


  10. "Research Assitant"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly and supportive community

    Cons

    Brown is a small community. Do not have strong connection with industrials.


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