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Brown University Providence Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  • low pay (but annual raise of up to 2 (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours and complete lack of work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Reasearcher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was good experience ther

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say. I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Make it more open and clear.


  2. "PhD student"

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

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

    Pros

    good place for graduate students

    Cons

    graduate school is relatively small

  3. "Summer at Brown"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residence Hall Director in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Residence Hall Director in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many coworkers to lean on for support, resources, collaboration, and guidance; incredibly passionate, active, critically-thinking students; acceptable pay; beautiful area to live/work in; good professional development opportunity.

    Cons

    Upper-level administrators did not always display positive leadership. There was a lack of leadership from the top down that had large, negative impacts on both professional and student staff. This lack of communication, compassion, transparency, support, and organization made it difficult both day-to-day, as well as over the entire summer, to make true progress on certain projects, programs, policy changes, and grievances. Many students did not feel valued, validated, or supported by the leadership of the program and even their own direct supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    The students are why we are here (both college and pre-college). They are our customer. They are our first priority. We must care about them and prove it every day. Be more intentional with both individual and group outreach, strive to be more timely, transparent, and responsive when students are struggling or do not feel supported or valued. The reputation or systemic culture within an institution should never overpower the care and time of day that students deserve.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The employee benefits are the best I've ever had, I spend 0 time worrying about coverage for health/dental/etc. Also, the work/life balance is best I've had. They also provide a lot of valuable resources for their employees, makes life easier with less to worry about.

    Cons

    Since it is a university, there is a lot of politics involved in how money is allocated and where priorities are placed. I knew this going in though, so I've always had in mind to be patient, but it can sometimes feel a little redundant.

    Advice to Management

    I'd advise to keep fostering a climate that embraces diversity and works to engage their employees. Also, more opportunities for training would be nice.


  5. "Research at Brown University"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor (Research) in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor (Research) in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brown offers the possibility to meet and work with lots of great scientific minds
    Brown had put a research culture that fosters the sharing knowledge and build new collaborations across disciplines.

    Cons

    I have none to mention


  6. "Brown University - Economics Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assistant Coordinator in Providence, RI
    Former Contractor - Assistant Coordinator in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a wonderful Department Manager who is extremely invested in the growth of her team, and does her best to listen to her staff and meet their needs. This results in a staff that feels appreciated and valued, which in turn, provided a great working environment.

    Cons

    The department was understaffed during my time there. This is a problem that persists in other departments at Brown as well. It results in overworked employees and encourages feelings of resentment that had to be countered by the Department Manager I was working for fighting for her staff to get their needs met. However, if you worked in a department without strong and invested management, the environment among staff could be very negative.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management of the University should make time to not only listen to their administrative staff, but to take action on reasonable and fair requests to make sure these staff members feel just as valued as faculty and students.


  7. "Helpful for tutors"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Group Tutor/Tutor Leader in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Group Tutor/Tutor Leader in Providence, RI
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *For group tutors*
    - Personalized hours
    - Excellent training and professional development opportunities
    - Opportunities for advancement, such as serving on advisory board
    - Chance to help other students and learn from them while reviewing old content: very practical and rewarding.

    Cons

    For non tutors, wages are low and hours are more inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all of your employees well.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, little appreciation, antiquated technology"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement plan, vacation time, summer hours

    Cons

    Lots of overtime with no additional pay. Not enough staff. Negative culture - there is no recognition for achievement. Upper level management is detached from organization and doesn't realize (or doesn't care) what is going on in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Value your top employees or they will seek satisfaction elsewhere.


  9. "Nice place"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, nice environment, nice people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be archaic for little things. Changing your office furniture, installing a table outside a building, getting help on a website, all this stuff can be slow or impossible. Institutional Review Board folks have been very difficult and frustrating to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to have something like internal Yelp for administrative units so it would become clear when everyone found a certain unit like IRB frustrating to work with.


  10. "Still better than Dartmouth"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to Boston, the community is friendly with foreigners

    Cons

    Not as top as other ivy league schools. The don't get as much funding


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