Tufts University Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Great opportunities for research

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Medford, MA

    I worked at Tufts University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for research, everyone is very supportive, lots of opportunities to learn and branch out

    Cons

    find a position and place early because its hard to get a job in a department as a senior, administration is confusing, payment can sometimes be confusing bw depts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to streamline things and be more honest with students and faculty. Even though there are emails sent to the student body about what they're planning, within departments there can be a lot of politics, especially Phys Ed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fair employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

    I worked at Tufts University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Access to university resources, ability to apply internally for other university positions

    Cons

    work not always very challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Overall good

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    Stock rooms for chemicals and office supplies are well stocked.
    Friendly attitude in the department, close to Davis and Porter squares.
    Department guarantees teaching assistant funding if the principle investigator doesn't have funding for a graduate student.

    Cons

    Health insurance offered at Tufts doesn't cover most expenses, including emergency room.
    Management and general organization, on very rare occasion, has been unsatisfactory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Being a TA as an undergraduate is a great experience

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As an undergrad student, the chance to be a teaching assistant in the computer science department was a great learning experience. You end up understanding some basic material better after teaching and explaining it.

    Cons

    Low pay, but fine just for extra cash. Some issues with grading.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great Department

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA

    I worked at Tufts University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was in the Microbiology dept at Tufts Medical as a post doc. The dept is friendly and helpful. Interactions are easy and all are easy to approach. If you want to learn a new technique, use some equipment you just need to ask around.

    Cons

    Very low post doc salary. Despite having two years of prior post doc experience I was counted as a new post doc and started at the lowest wage. The post doc lasted through the economic downturn and raises were minimal even though I asked if something could be done. Departmental administration team is the best. They did the best they could to see if they could get me a better salary but all raises at the time were prohibited. As a post doc, be aware of what you should be making and if you aren't, do something.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Postdoctoral research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life time balance, lot of growth opportunities in terms of trainings, workshop, seminars... Lively postdoctoral community.

    Cons

    There are limited shared facilities for science research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Teaching Assistant Environment

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    Current Contractor - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA
    Current Contractor - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University as a contractor

    Pros

    The Tufts Computer Science department has a great teaching assistantship program. I was a TA for 5 computer science courses during my undergraduate career, and each was a very enriching position with much student interaction and faculty guidance for the most part.

    Cons

    Often very long hours are spent grading student assignments, though there is a lot of great infrastructure for this process. Some faculty need to be better about informing their TAs of their expectations.

  9. great first job

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Somerville, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    prestigious, good working environment, great coworkers

    Cons

    temporary, no benefits, through an agency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Think Twice

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Medford, MA

    I worked at Tufts University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Tufts is a relatively relaxed environment. It's possible to maintain (in theory) a good work/life balance. Some of the faculty here are interesting. There's a discount available on courses, if your manager will authorize them. May be a good "pre retirement" move when you're ready to slow down.

    Cons

    Tufts is not a place to go if you're looking to further your career. It's a bit of where innovation goes to die. As a staffer coming from the private sector, I was arguably unprepared for the lack of professionalism, motivation, and engaged colleagues. Instead, it was slow moving, bureaucratic, inefficient, and bogged down by political infighting. Best summed up by a departmental leader who was describing not doing her work and said "The faculty here are tenured. It's the same for staff. They aren't going to fire you."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate your compensation to be competitive with the local university market. Take a hard look at culling your non-performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Nice environment to be a Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Medford, MA

    I worked at Tufts University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you have the right advisor, your only concern will be your research.

    Cons

    The shuttle from Davis Sq.is not very efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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