Tulane University Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
104 Reviews

3.8
104 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The weather in New Orleans is enjoyable, the city is very nice, and the food is the best (in 12 reviews)

  • Depending on your position the work life balance is good (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • I can't really think of any at the moment, Tulane is a New Orleans institution (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for advancement are rare, management will nickel and dime you, cut pay while increasing work responsibilities (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    They do good research and interesting work, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tulane University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great access to research, plenty of work to be done and people are supportive if you want to take on more tasks and assignments.

    Cons

    Really tense work environment. Not sure what is going on with upper management but it was stressful to be around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Horrifying working environment

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Tulane University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Staff in Department of Epidemiology and School of Public Health are usually nice to me

    Cons

    No life/working balance if you are working there. The mentor stayed 10 h / 7d every week and ridiculously FORCED me to stay here that long, too. That is crazy! Genetic and epigenetic lab work exhausted me much but the mentor still demands more. She would like me to be a genetic statistician as well. I felt it is too intense to me and left the pot immediately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more advice than 'never goes there!'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than Satisfying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    There was good sick and vacation time, but now they're looking at revamping and offering less sick time, and limiting time in vacation bank to less time than you can carry over now. It depends on the school as to whether the work pace is fast or slow. Depending on your position the work life balance is good.

    Cons

    We did not get pay raises this year and it might be another couple of years before we do. It is difficult to get promoted because it seems like candidates are already handpicked, and the job posting and interview process is just a formality. Parking is very expensive or hard to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone may not have doctorates, but it does not mean we're flunkies. Many leaders at Tulane micromanage and cause their own headaches. Staff can take you places you never imagined if you would allow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Over bearing boss, lack of communication and training, not set up for success

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    Former Employee - Library Tech
    Former Employee - Library Tech

    I worked at Tulane University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked in a library, had some time to do home work, got to meet wide range of professors and students

    Cons

    Lack of training and management lead many student employees to quit... Librarian was eventually fired

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not all it is cracked up to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tulane University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Prestigious environment, good working conditions

    Cons

    Don't comply with their own salary policies,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Member

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

    The physical environment is pleasant - campus is beautiful. It is very nice to have time off (paid) during the holidays, and we have alot of exciting speakers, etc. that visit campus. It is also nice to feel you are having a positive impact on the lives of young adults.

    Cons

    The company does not pay it's employees a fair wage, there is only one program for recognizing positive staff contributions, and it is limited to honoring 10 people per year. Threre is very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to create programs that reward staff members who work hard and contribute alot to the university, particularly because they are not increasing salaries. Many staff members' work loads have increased without receiving additional compensation. Happy staff members will translate into more positive student experiences, which will make the students more loyal to the university and ultimately result in more money donated to the universtiy by alumni. The focus is on faculty, as it should be, but the staff members of the university and the impact we have on the student experience is highly under-valued.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer in New Orleans

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

    Good vacation and sick time, offices are small so you can make an impact, you can take advantage of the interesting events around campus, tuition benefit is great.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move around the company and networking is required to do so. You must have a masters degree to move up in most departments although this is true of most educational organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is difficult to move around the organization. Sometimes talent is lost because employees don't get interviews when they apply in another area of the school. I'm not sure what the solution is but I believe this would lead to a more dynamic institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

    Tulane tuition reimbursement. Tulane is a cultural hive and employees are always granted access. Tulane name has pull in New Orleans.

    Cons

    Boring work; no support for innovation; very little collaboration between departments; poor management skills displayed by immediate and ultimate supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold all departments to the same standards. Weed out employees who are the object of repeated complaints. Ensure compliance with mission.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tulane needs to wake up and not take staff for granted

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    Former Employee - Web Applications Analyst  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Web Applications Analyst in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Tulane University

    Pros

    It's the biggest employer in New Orleans (at least when I worked there), so the benefits are relatively good. Beautiful campus. Good location, and a diverse work community.

    Cons

    Lack of senior leadership & communication down to staff; poor compensation; few career advancement opportunities. Raises were seemingly untied to performance - as a non-manager, count on making just the minimum 3-4% raise every year regardless of how hard you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create job tracks for positions that allow more to advance in salary and title promotion. Communicate more with staff about the vision for the unit. Provide better SALARIES and stop pointing to the compensation package - you can't put food on your table with a good dental plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Help Tulane get more pay

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    Current Employee - Cook  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Cook in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

    Your children can go to the college for free after 3 years of service

    Cons

    The Parking in the area is the worst, The pay is not suitable for the job and when it rain all the car are flooding, Metermaids tickets because there is no parking available for free to the staff and the cost to park on the campus it so expensive that the low paying worker can afford to park.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The look at the cost of living withing the area where the school is located and pay staff salary compare to other university and job that are being done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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