Tulane
3.7 of 5 88 reviews
tulane.edu New Orleans, LA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Tulane Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2014
Tulane – New Orleans – “Zach Morgan and Orleans Darkwa celebrating after…”

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3.7 88 reviews

                             

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Tulane President and Director Scott S. Cowen

Scott S. Cowen

(49 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tulane

ProsWork with students on a weekly basis.

ConsTakes school time. Hourly rate is not much more than the minimum wage.

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Both good faculty and poor faculty.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I worked at Tulane full-time

ProsGood faculty are good, caring, considerate, ethical and great mentors.

ConsThe bad faculty members are REALLY bad and make life hell. All it takes are a few bad apples to really cause problems.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake complaints about unethical, abusive and dishonest faculty seriously.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Extensive resources, training and employee education but not a livable salary

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Tulane part-time for more than 8 years

ProsPrestige, access to top technology, training, resources, living in New Orleans.

ConsOpportunities for advancement are rare, management will nickel and dime you, cut pay while increasing work responsibilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis university could truly thrive if there were more full time positions with excellent benefits including ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE--instead of so much reliance on cheaper part-time and contract work. Most departments are not adequately staffed and so employees must wear multiple hats. Stress is painfully high, morale is low. Turnover is egregious, which erodes the departmental culture, makes communication exceedingly challenging and creates more work for those who decide to stay. In the multiple departments I've worked in I've seen dozens of good workers but overall nobody seems to feel pride in working for Tulane. "A job is a job" is the general mantra, and loyalty has definitely eroded over the 8+ years I have been there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Library Tech at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

Library Tech (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Tulane full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe benefits are good, the co-workers and patrons are friendly for the most part, tuition waivers are available, management is receptive and listens to problems,

ConsSalaries are not competitive with local or national academic libraries. There are few opportunities for career advancement. High employee turnover rate. Hours can be difficult.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe departments can be a little rigid and it would be nice to see a little more cooperation between departments.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Tech

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tulane

ProsOutdoor research facility, In the woods

ConsNot very open-minded, Rural location. nothing around.

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Excellent University to work for

Web Developer (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Tulane full-time for more than a year

Pros-Great Benefits
-Excellent work/life balance
-Free education.

Cons-If you want to be bullied/harassed while working in the ADIS department, this is the place for you.
- Racism runs rampant in this department.
- I was initially selected for an interview because they thought I was a female.
- You'll have no idea what you're doing for at least 6 months.
-Terrible base pay, which was expected.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house in ADIS. It's the same people running the show for over 20 years, and they have no clue how to manage/treat people.
Also, no need for racial behavior as well as harassment.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent Job. Cheap Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tulane part-time

ProsPay is decent, and there is a relaxed atmosphere.

ConsRelaxed atmosphere = getting things done can be difficult.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart being less cheap and things will begin to start working better...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Program Manager (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Tulane full-time

Prostuition waiver, domestic partner health benefits, holiday schedule

Consvery difficult to find resources and support for interpersonal issues within and between departments, few opportunities for advancement, Downtown campus lacks infrastructure compared to Uptown facilities. there is also a lot of wasted space in the Downtown campus. Some staff are crammed into tiny offices, while other offices sit empty.

Advice to Senior Managementfaculty need to be held more accountable for their actions, especially when those actions affect staff students in a negative way. also, some diversity/sensitivity and management training for faculty that directly supervise staff and students in work situations would be ideal.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good university in a bad location and greedy advisory board!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

I have been working at Tulane full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat chance of community outreach! Friendly colleagues.

ConsNo industrial ties whatsoever and lack of growth opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on student's needs rather than building new football stadiums.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Love the work, love the benefits, hate the bureaucracy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tulane full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTulane offers extensive benefits - a tuition waiver is the best of them. Tulane also offers challenging and interesting work. I can't think of a position that would be afforded interesting opportunities at least sporadically if not regularly. The location is fabulous, the working conditions are very good and for the most part, the staff is congenial. There are plenty of benefits to employment at this university.

ConsMy experience has shown me that the biggest flaw of the academic administration of Tulane is unneeded bureaucracy. The structure of my department of seven people includes four managers. There are more managers than subordinates in my office. While soothing to the egos of those incapable of doing the work, there is no reason to have that much bureaucracy in such a small department. In addition, I've found that many promotions are proof of the Peter Principle. Employees tend to stay at the university for a very long time, resulting in promotion beyond their level of expertise simply because they are the most senior. This is certainly true of my three direct superiors. It has resulted in a toxic environment that runs off of fear and lies, gossip and back stabbing. The purpose of the work is ignored and the manta of "cover your ass" has been adopted. It is truly unfortunate because I love my job, the work itself. But detox will be necessary eventually.

Advice to Senior ManagementTulane should become a flatter organization. The number of levels of management is startling and stifling. My daily activities are micro-managed to give my manager a reason for being there. I am less efficient and produce a lower quality product as a result. Tulane should also work toward aligning all employees with the purpose of the university. Everyone in my department walks at 5pm. No one seems to have a commitment to the goals. Departments squabble and make working together unpleasant. No one wants to step outside of his or her role to help. We're not one team but many different teams that are subdivided and then headed by incompetent people because all of the teams need a manager. Or four. Unfortunately, my experience is not unique as I've heard similar stories from around campus. I've been made jealous by a few good stories as well, but the bad outweigh the good and the cost is dedicated and capable employees who can't take the abuse.

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