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Updated May 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, mentorship and an opportunity to impact the workplace" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Also, the work/life balance is best I've had" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay (but annual raise of up to 2" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Work life balance depends on office and team you work with" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown University part-time

    Pros

    Very supportive management team

    Cons

    Should establish a base training protocol


  2. "Good and exciting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Good guidance from mentors
    -Fun work

    Cons

    -Nothing so far, everything is going well

  3. "Great department"

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    Current Employee - Rhode Island in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Rhode Island in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences is excellent. There is a strong collaborative atmosphere, and a lot to learn from colleagues.

    Cons

    The department is not the best when it comes to supporting visa issues with international postdocs, especially when the postdoc has a strong ground for justification for a particular situation.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advise when it comes to the quality and opportunity for research. I think the management should be more flexible and amenable to accommodating visa issues for international postdocs, especially when they have a justification for what they are asking.


  4. "visiting scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    abundant resources and academic realestate

    Cons

    small departments, and a lack of sense of community


  5. "great, it's a good place ot be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University part-time

    Pros

    good flexibility hours i like it here

    Cons

    sometimes its cold and dark


  6. "Senior Technical Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Assistant in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance, for me. Pleasant working environment.

    Cons

    Unlike the custodians, electricians, and facilities maintenance personnel, Sr. TA's are non-union (also hourly employees), and are paid poorly. The average Sr. TA earns less than a mid-scale custodian. Also, vacation accrues at a rate of 10 days per year, for hourly employees (first 2 years only, then increases to same as salaried employees). For salaried employees, it accrues at a starting rate of 24 days per year, starting in the first year of employment. Kind of a cast system...at a so called progressive university. Inequality exists here. Not sure why there is this discriminatory practice. All people should be treated equally. Simple.

    Advice to Management

    Increase monetary compensation, drastically, for your Sr. TA's. and give them the same amount of vacation time as salaried employees; the same as done in industry.


  7. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits for a PhD program

    Cons

    highly politicized environment with pressure to participate in activism inside and outside the classroom

  8. "Great place for growth and opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community, plenty of opportunities for professional development, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance depends on office and team you work with. Was expected to be on call outside of office hours, even though it was not a part of the job description.


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Exciting campus and learning environment

    Cons

    Work expectations might be high/unreasonable


  10. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown University full-time

    Pros

    Open environment with lots of research collaboration opportunities

    Cons

    It usually takes around 6 years for PhD students to graduate

    Advice to Management

    I am pretty satisfied with current management.


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