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.
My time at Rice has been a wonderful experience. I wish the pay were better and there were more chances for advancement. The 5 years I have been teaching undergrads have been life changing and I am truly grateful to have had the experience.