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- "Great benefits and very easy going" (in 89 reviews)
- "Great people to work with: both the student and non" (in 78 reviews)
- "Flexible Hours; Fun Atmosphere; Great first hand/hands on work with skills relative to my degree; Awesome Experience with Brown Univ." (in 35 reviews)
- "The campus is beautiful and engaging." (in 20 reviews)
- "Staff is friendly and helpful." (in 20 reviews)
- "Low pay and not well organized" (in 73 reviews)
- "A lot of the jobs at Brown require time commitment but they have to low of salaries" (in 35 reviews)
- "bad parking and poor public transportation" (in 16 reviews)
- "Poor management" (in 14 reviews)
- "poor organization, things are constantly changing without communication" (in 4 reviews)
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Updated Nov 18, 2023
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- 5.0Jul 9, 2022PhD StudentCurrent Employee
Very supportive economics department for graduate students
Pay is good compared to most econ PhD programs but the real competition are industry jobs that academia is just lagging too far behind.
- 4.0Feb 8, 2011Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeProvidence, RI
You will meet interesting people. Great tuition benefit for your children either at Brown or any other institution.
Parking. You will have to pay to park and there is a waiting list for the good lots
- 3.0May 2, 2013Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
- Excellent benefits and work/life balance (hours and time off are amazing) - Not a corporate culture - Excellent opportunities to leverage Brown for advanced degrees - Providence is a great city to work in
- Annual raises don't even cover cost of living increase - Very Low pay compared to other locations (but you work less hours)1
- 4.0Oct 27, 2020Senior Grants and Contracts SpecialistCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsProvidence, RI
Great benefits package. Plenty of vacation and sick time with winter break thrown in on top of that
Beware of which department you work for. Many departments at Brown are notorious for making their staff work the equivalent of 1.5 to 2 jobs. This defeats the whole purpose of work/life balance and on top of it the pay is considerably lower than other universities
- 2.0Mar 21, 2023Senior Program CoordinatorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearProvidence, RI
The retirement match is 8 percent, which is okay but not sufficient when compared to peer institutions.
They have a five-year vesting schedule for retirement contributions, which is absurd when so many peer institutions vest immediately with a 10% contribution instead of 8%. Employees have to pay a sizeable amount for health insurance instead of it being covered. Coordinator-level positions start at 46-48K, which is incredibly low in this economy and considering inflating. Other positions are also well below what they should pay. A lot of offices are also strangely committed to making staff work on-site even if they actually don't need to be on campus to carry out their work. If you're not going to pay staff enough to live comfortably in the Providence metro area, then make it easier for them to live farther away. You also have to pay for parking on campus even though public transportation to the campus is subpar at best. Brown might have been able to offer the salaries and benefits they did when this region was more affordable, but they are no longer appropriate for the cost of living here.
- 3.0Apr 28, 2022Program ManagerCurrent EmployeeProvidence, RI
PTO- between sick time, winter break, 5 weeks vacation time and holidays, they’re very generous.
Very minimal pay and lack of promotion/advancement opportunities.
- 5.0Jun 9, 2022Financial AnalystCurrent Employee
Work life balance and they care about career growth
Pay can be on the lower but they have been increasing wages to retain talent and competitiveness