Thomas Jefferson University Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Company is a great honor to work for

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse I in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse I in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits such as health insurance, 401K after 1 year, tuition reimbursement, Bring your child to work day, the new CEO has so many visions to bring about great change and I can already see positive changes across the campus

    Cons

    Low salary, not enough staff, each individual department have their own dramas, people are constantly "telling on each other"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train Managers to be come better managers and to deal with departmental issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Not a supportive environment.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Thomas Jefferson University

    Pros

    Fellow faculty are supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Faculty are overworked compared to other Universities in the Philadelphia area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Corrupt!

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    Former Employee - N/A in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - N/A in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Thomas Jefferson University

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible hours. Pay was not that great.

    Cons

    Corrupt and abusive management. Nonsensical written warnings for not kowtowing to screaming course directors. Human Resources lapdogs are useless. Greedy and glory-hogging executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees with dignity and punish abusive executive-level a-holes. Make cost-of-loving contingent on the cost of living, not on how well employees suck up to their bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. TJU

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    Current Employee - TJU in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - TJU in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good life work balance, intelligent and creative work associates from all over the world, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Low pay, difficult to advance career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work once you get set in the system

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge of biomedical and clinical research, visionary top management, lot of great colleagues, highly reputed institution, opportunities to work on key clinical problems

    Cons

    Burdensome administrative procedures, things move slowly and hence takes too much time to effect big changes, information technology services is not up to the latest capabilities, conventional mentality in evaluation for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get the middle management to make decisions quickly and transparently. Let the competitive zeal of young faculty and students flow unfettered rather than burdening them with a long list of procedures and conventions to get even basic things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    It was a good ride part of the way

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    Current Employee - Senior Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of fantastic and caring colleagues, especially among clinicians and staff. Fantastic medical school. Great NCI-designated cancer center.

    Cons

    Deep problems at leadership level for the past decade (and possibly before) with power silos at constant war. New President is inspirational but will have his hands full with ingrained leadership dysfunctions that hamper real progress. Top-down salary-reduction plan based on retroactive performance metrics is demoralizing and will hinder recruitment and retention of faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a careful analysis of the leadership qualities and personality analysis of senior leadership - there must be a way to identify the dysfunctional elements - and then move those individuals gracefully on. Focus on hiring leaders who serve themselves by making Jefferson a winning institution, not leaders who just serve themselves and operate by yester-centennial principles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good place to learn, but with considerable space for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    An exciting clinical environment, a lot to learn and to do.

    Cons

    Low salary, less than perfect organization. Some postdocs are treated like animal feeders, the supervisor make them stay in the lab for 15 hours. There is also other people that are rude and arrogant. Yet they are precious to the bosses for their loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pros are the people. Yes, there are some crazies as anywhere else, but the good ones are some of the nicest I've ever worked with. If you don't have a degree yet, the tuition benefits are fantastic! The medical benefits and paid time off are also hard to beat.

    Cons

    Anyone I've known who has left Jefferson is making more money doing the same job somewhere else. The Boy's Club is also rampant here with white men over 55 running the show.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Graduate School is not an easy place

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    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, independent work, many people to approach if you have a problem.

    Cons

    Academia is a cut throat place. Hard work is not necessarily rewarded, but laziness gets you ignored.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. expected more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Thomas Jefferson University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The greatest pro is being on a university/hospital campus surrounded by the various team members that contribute to the flow of the company. As a research assistant, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of "politics." Jefferson is no exception, MDs are difficult people to work under. Also, I question the money-related research procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should not be so many barriers to proper payment for research grants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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