Poor work/life balance, not great for working or single parents
Administrator (Former Employee) – Providence, RI – September 22, 2018
Highly overrated. Working parents, I recommend you search one of the many other colleges or universities in RI for better hours and better tuition reimbursement (tuition exchange) for your children. Brown talks a good game. For a liberal university that likes to stroke its own ego about how inclusive it is, they have left the parent out of the equation. HR is useless and has no idea what actually goes on in individual depts. My own supervisor told me so on several occasions. While HR touts benefits for working parents, such as the ability to work a flexible schedule, when an employee asks their supervisor for this, they will likely be told no. The only university in the state with office hours of 8:30-5 (others offer 8:30-4:30) and if you think you'll be done at 5pm, you are mistaken. The overall culture is one of working/checking emails around the clock.
Work/life balance, I sat on a search committee once, where when asked about work/life balance, a colleague of mine told the applicant, most people are expected to work through their lunch, HR has no clue.