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Great place to work. Staff is great. Everything is inclusive …. Love going to work everyday. Great benefits. People are willing and like to help others
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Inclusive place

Brown is or tries hard to look inclusive. The environment varies a lot from department to department. I'm not giving 5 stars because I believe academia is a failing system, otherwise Brown is a great place to be compared to other universities. Providence is also a fun and beautiful place to live.

Pros

Great benefits and salary for some departments
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Ok for staff, no upward mobility or incentives

If you are applying for an RA or staff related position, they hardly give raises, even for exceptional performance. Negotiate because it's the only chance you'll get on the salary. There is a generous tuition reimbursement that can be used at any school. Hours are reasonable. Healthcare is very competitive.

Pros

Benefits, tuition reimbursement

Cons

Academic hierarchy strongly enforced
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People stay to retire

Old, sad, people are depressed, they stay to retire, no happiness, just stress, not fun, equipment very old, just depressing, you can make ok money, but just sad!

Pros

Free food, good benefits, ok $

Cons

Everyone seems miserable, just putting in their time till retirement!
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Diverse community but overworked and understaffed

Brown University prides themselves on being understaffed. Brown saves so much money by paying less people to work. The understaffing negatively impacts institution, they are always hiring because someone leaves every 6 months. Staff suffer when positions are not filled. Everyone does the job of four or five other positions with no pay increase. The culture at Brown is peculiar, it is known as the Brown way, which essentially means extremely slow to change. The traditional nature of this Ivy League makes the work structure behind socially and culturally. If this place ever becomes fully staffed in all departments, big and small ones, it could possibly be a great place to work at. Yet, I am hesitant to say it will get better because the students are so use to unorganized chaos.

Pros

Autonomy, discounts at local restaurants and spas, good medical benefits

Cons

Work nights, weekends, and holidays. Poor communication from higher ups
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Mostly Good and Humane - very limited advancement

Good pay and benefits - lots of PTO. Decent cultureLots of diversity and inclusion lecturing and fixationCollegiality, to the point of analysis paralysis.

Pros

Good pay and benefits - lots of PTO.

Cons

Limited, glacially paced advancement.
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Great benefits but the pay is sadly way too low

There are some wonderful things about Brown, but they need to get up to date with salaries because their employees who are working extremely hard often need second jobs.

Pros

Community, benefits

Cons

terrible pay, encourage mediocracy with the horrible increases and restrictions on bonuses
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Excellent Benefits

The supportive and collaborative atmosphere at Brown is everywhere. Everything is geared to giving students and researchers the best environment for learning and discovery.

Pros

Collaborative and supportive culture, Excellent pay, time off, and benefits.

Cons

Departments often work against each other, Some policies intended for one group are inappropriate for others.
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Great place to do a post-doc.

Temporary post-doc positions are always stressful, but Brown was a good place to do one. Post-doc pay in the school of engineering is reasonable. Faculty generally treat you like a professional and colleague, rather than a student or, worse, a ghost.

Pros

University reputation goes a long way to getting other jobs after your post-doc ends.

Cons

The 5 year vesting rule prevents term limited post-docs from starting saving for retirement.
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Great benefits! Bit of an elitist boys club

This company has amazing benefits: 10 total weeks off a year between sick, vacation and holidays. Paid day to volunteer in the community. Educational benefits both cash for classes as well as free lectures. Downside: someone with a PhD and zero experience will always get the job over someone with a Masters and 10 years experience.
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Great learning expereience

It was a great place to learn and improve my skills, both because my boss was super knowledgeable and taught me a lot about the profession and also the facility at the time was small, understaffed and under equipped, which made me have to be creative, organized and develop good time management habits.

Pros

Head coach and most of the athletes

Cons

Big numbers, small space
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Standard job

It's about what you would expect working for a university. Sometimes administration is a pain but that's probably inevitable wherever you work. People try to be nice and helpful overall
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Clean

The people is nice. The job is easy. The management is very organized. The work hours is pretty decent and I get the add more hours when I want. So for the most part this jobs is pretty smooth.
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Okay place to work as a student

Pay is only minimum wage, but the work isn't too bad and does not require too much effort on your part. Would recommend this job for someone looking for a little extra cash on the side.
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Working in academia has its perks

The atmosphere is accepting, inclusive, diverse and forward-thinking. The schedule is typically flexible depending on the position. There are some limitations in terms of salary. If you don't like writing, be warned, academic peer-reviewed publication is the way of life.

Pros

Inclusive

Cons

Lack of support for industry-minded-folks
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Great experience

This job is great. I work as Communications Support for the BEO department at Brown. My boss is fantastic and provides clear deadlines and goals. My hours are flexible.
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Good benefits

Comprehensive health care and a generous tuition benefit for dependants. Good work life balance though there is a divide between faculty and support staff, with administration favoring the former.
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Not worth the $600

Complete waste! Unorganized, lack of good leadership, favoritism, obsessive micromanaging, Union politics....list goes on. If they call you, DONT return the call. Not worth $600 a week. If you’re lazy and can play along with drama and union politics, this is the place for you.

Pros

Working alone

Cons

Short breaks, unorganized, micromanaging, low pay
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Horrendous

Classist, exploitative, and completely inappropriate personal behavior; all without any accountability. Brown served as a detriment to what I wanted to do. If you are thinking Brown can advance your career, prepare to spend time undoing the lack of investment and aggression you will experience if you are not from an incredibly privileged background.
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Benefits are great, including 5 weeks vacation plus a week off between Christmas & New Year’s.

Good health insurance, dental and eye care coverage. 8% university contribution to 403B (401k equivalent) when employee puts in minimum of 2%. Start-off with 24 vacation days per year, 12 sick days per year, and 1 floating holiday - plus the offices shut down the week between Christmas and New Year’s, so it’s like getting an extra week of vacation. 37.5 hour work week (office hours) - doesn’t mean you won’t work longer hours during busy periods, but the expectations are reasonable. Salaries are less than the corporate-world, but it’s a trade off for more time off and better retirement contributions. Culture is also generally better than the corporate-world (feels more collaborative and less cut-throat).

Pros

Benefits (time-off, 403B contributions, insurance coverage)

Cons

Salaries tend to be lower than corporate-world
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Good place for a graduate student

This is a great place to build research experience and spend time as a graduate student. The school takes care of their students and a stipend was guaranteed (for my department). Graduate programs are a little small so you may not find faculty members whose research interest is fitted with you so I recommend what you really like to do research before getting into the school.
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