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Updated April 22, 2017
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University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley, Ph.D.
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Pros
  • Great Place to work, Nice environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, atmosphere and beautiful campus to be celebrated by everyone across New England (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Often expected to work more than the normal 20 hours a week during academic year (in 4 reviews)

  • That said there are ways to get raises so that you can make a little more (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Collections Curator in Narragansett, RI
    Former Employee - Collections Curator in Narragansett, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Rhode Island (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, cool projects, nice people

    Cons

    sometimes could be slow or boring

    Advice to Management

    More comunication


  2. "TAing is fun"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in South Kingstown, RI
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in South Kingstown, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Convenience as a student, don't have to drive anywhere. Get to experience helping underclassment learn.

    Cons

    Low wage, some professors make your life stressful


  3. "Physics TA, Math Tutor, Resident Academic Mentor"

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    Current Employee - Resident Academic Mentor in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Resident Academic Mentor in Kingston, RI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They put your studies first and make sure that you are not overworking yourself

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit unorganized which makes it hard to do the best job possible


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  5. "Not a good place for research"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and out goining

    Cons

    No Motivation and low level of research!


  6. "Decent work for a Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Narragansett, RI
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Narragansett, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Rhode Island part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    double hours during the summer for GSO Graduate research assistants, laid back scheduling

    Cons

    Often expected to work more than the normal 20 hours a week during academic year.


  7. "Each department is a kingdom of it's own"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Kingston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Feeling part of a large organization
    Dedication to educational mission
    In general, the people working here are educated (but see cons)

    Cons

    Too many "locals" working here who think they are entitled to job upgrades by virtue of longevity rather than ability. The unions here stink.
    People who are not "locals" ie - more than 5 miles away - will have to endure long personal conversations about in-town happenings that are not important. These locals often create drama in the workplace where there is none.
    Salary is too low compared to private company.

    Advice to Management

    For the long-timers - start taking an outside-looking-in view of what you do . Improvements can be made when you look at things with a fresh eye. Also, get rid of the unions. They take our money but don't do anything.


  8. "URI Media and Technology Helpdesk"

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk Consultant in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Consultant in Kingston, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Rhode Island full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked at the URI Media and Technology Helpdesk for about 5 years. One of the most organized little departments compared to the rest of the University. Offers students a professional working environment during their undergraduate years to give them experience for the real world.

    Cons

    Gets very hectic during the heavy seasons, i.e. beginning of the year, finals, etc.. Must have a LOT of patience with many clients because of their level of understanding with certain technology. Phone calls may take up to two hours with a client for a tasks that may take15 minutes to an experienced user.


  9. "Graduate Research Assistant - College of Pharmacy"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kingston, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, Professors and students are generally friendly and helpful. There is a great community of researchers here that work together. Benefits are good, campus is nice, and location close to Rhode Island beaches as well as Boston and Providence is also convenient. This is a great place to work!

    Cons

    The pay is quite low, even for a graduate student. Working full time hours at the University doesn't generally supply a livable wage, so many students (myself included) have to seek other part-time employment to make a little extra money.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider paying the graduate students better! Whether as teaching assistants or research assistants we are an integral part of the success of the colleges here at URI.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Rhode Island (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its a good university to do transportation engineering research work by using modern techniques and advanced equipment.

    Cons

    University of Rhode Island has not much research grant money as compared to other universities in United States


  11. "Everyone will have a different experience... but mostly good!"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Kingston, RI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Training (at least at the time) was comprehensive and helpful. HRL (Housing and Residential Life) did a good job of helping RAs meet other RAs they could build relationships with to do better at the job--and just be friends with!

    The job itself is what I like to call a many-hats-wearing gig- anything that isn't under someone else's title that has to do with residents generally falls to you. You can make this job what you want, though, so you can do as much as you want or do the required tasks and still do well. Going above and beyond is rewarded, though!

    Staffs are generally well-balanced and allow you to make friendships and work with people that you normally may not get the chance to. I learned a lot. Supervisors in my experience were great--but leadership styles were incredibly varied. One on one meetings with supervisors were common (I believe required) and they were a great opportunity to improve communication and get help or flexibility if you needed it.

    The schedule is for the most part flexible. Other RAs will generally be happy to switch on calls or office hours with you. Schedules- and on calls- can certainly get crazy though. You will get war stories- funny, terrible, sweet, or some combination. The folks at student conduct will back you up to a T though, so you have that going for you when students try to get out of write ups and make up crazy lies.

    Overall, I loved the position and miss it!!

    Cons

    The typical state university (and any university and company really) politics and bureacratic nonsense applies to URI. I have also heard through the grapevine they are restructuring decision making designs and taking less input from staff and students, which I think is a step in the wrong direction. The training structure for RAs has also changed.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate employee input as much as you can. Try to do better to stop bureaucratic nonsense get in the way of helping staff and students. Stop moving the person no one can stand, and who can't do any job they are given well, from one position to another-- just get rid of them!



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