Assistant Director of Student Activities (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – September 10, 2018
The culture of Rice University is very unique. Most of it is built around the college system and tends to be very reactive to upcoming issues rather than pro-active. I really enjoyed my coworkers and some of the work that I got to do, but the prioritization within the university was difficult to deal with.
Rice University is tough to review. I only worked in one department and I don't know how it compares to the many others. My experience was very positive. I was given a lot of independence to work freely. I appreciated the confidence my manager had in me to do the work without someone constantly over my shoulder.
Rice really likes to hire their own people, graduates and current employees. I would recommend that, if given a chance to work here, that chance should be taken. The pay may be slightly lacking, but the benefits are incredibly generous and the overall atmosphere encourages learning and growing.
Again, I emphasize this was my experience in one department, but it was a good one.
Great atmosphere and incredibly generous benefits
Pay may be slightly lower than other places, but not much and it is more than made up for by atmosphere and benefits
workday is 8 hours with two breaks and a lunch. management care what you do and how you do it. workplace environment is much like a telanovela. hardest part is the heat during the summer. the most enjoyable part is that it is fairly layed back, so long as you complete your jobs people dont bother you so much.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Rice University, TX – July 25, 2018
ok to work f you live in greater Houston, we probably deliver your electricity. Link your electric meter to see if your power is on or off, manage outage notifications, see your electric usage and more!
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – July 20, 2018
I had the privilege working with a diverse team led by a great professor. Safety is key to research while working in the lab, plan on reading through scientific journal articles to get a well rounded idea of where you can go in your research.
Language Consultant (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 15, 2018
I met with students,planned curriculum, and graded papers. I learned to be an effective communicator. It is a multicultural community. The commute was the most difficult part of the job. The best part of the job was the students.
Marketing and Events Specialist (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – June 27, 2018
If you're looking for an entry level or senior level position, Rice University is a great place with great time off and retirement planning. You won't take work home or work odd hours if you are on staff, and you'll have most holidays off. If you have children, they can attend Rice or affiliate schools with free or discounted tuition. However, if you are mid-level, the compensation is lacking compared to other Houston or even national institutions. Most mid-level staff receive less than $50,000 yearly, with very little opportunity for advancement within departments.
Free food, good time off, work-life balance
Salary, no opportunity for advancement, no diversity within staff
Staff (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – June 26, 2018
I've been at Rice a long time and seen the culture change from one of support to one without support. It seems they are trying to change the university into a corporation without paying comparable salaries.
- No advancement path - No merit pay so no incentive to do more than the least effective person - Top management doesn't listen or this wouldn't be a continuing issue - Turnover rates have increased significantly in the last 5-7 years - No formal training for many job duties. - New offices are either extremely small or everyone is in a cubicle, even for jobs that require a lot of time on the phone or meeting with others
I've stayed hoping to see a change in the other direction again, but I don't know that it will actually happen unless a lot of the top people leave.
Rice is an extremely diverse and filled up with brilliant student and professors who give research freedom as much as possible. I've been working with my advisor for over 6 years and I enjoyed it a lot. there are many collaborations between different group and different department as well.