Tufts University Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco
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Pros
  • It's possible to maintain (in theory) a good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Most importantly I believe Tufts instills a very pleasant work environment (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Often very long hours are spent grading student assignments, though there is a lot of great infrastructure for this process (in 4 reviews)

  • Else these mangers would have no one working for them (in 4 reviews)

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  1. research assitant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly and flexible working environment

    Cons

    I really can not think of the disadvantages


  2. Staff Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Once you are hired, it is a nice community in which to work. It offers good benefits.

    Cons

    There have been some organizational changes at Tufts in the last three years and it is not as customer service friendly to its employees. I plan to leave as soon as I find another job.

    Advice to Management

    Before rolling out new system after new system, it would be great to have a plan in place to help train employees and offer support. It is not change that is hard to deal with; it is not managing change well.


  3. Outstanding place to work

    Current Employee - Lecturer in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Medford, MA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Tufts is a tremendous university that isn't too small and isn't too big.

    Cons

    A bit overshadowed by the Cambridge schools.


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  5. Associate Director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University

    Pros

    Tuition remission, collegial, good overall work life balance

    Cons

    Little merit increases despite individual performance, limited budget.


  6. Admin. Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement Benefit.
    Liberal Vacation
    Working condition Good

    Cons

    Salaries compare to what they expect

    Advice to Management

    Overall salaries


  7. Postdoctoral Scientists at Tufts

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Science
    Good location
    Good collaboration with other institutions in Boston

    Cons

    Salary
    Work conditions
    Lack of career advancement resources


  8. Caught in the middle of a transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Medford, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Worked at student tech services during a part of my enrollment at Tufts.
    -Worked with two great managers who really trusted in their staff and made their student workers and fellow staff members feel valued.
    -Work environment was loose, informal, and almost like a surrogate family, surrounded by great people and steadfast and receptive leadership.
    -Given ability to collaborate, grow, and learn from full time staff members within the department.

    Cons

    -Both managers left, each giving over 10 years of service to the university.
    -Management put in a new, green manager who didn't know the operations of student tech services.
    -Manager proceeded to create policies and procedures that was detrimental to students, favorited certain people and targeted others, was not responsive to feedback from students, and made the workplace a much more tense and unwelcoming place.
    -New manager forced out talented students and co-ops who they didn't personally want to stay, and severely handicapped other workers who are still there today.
    -Absolutely no room for advancement, be it horizontal or vertical.
    -Constant theme that student supervisors knew more than the new manager.

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking of people as numbers, keep chasing away internal talent, keep undervaluing the work your employees put in and overemphasizing their mistakes, keep having 1 person do the work of 3 people or more, and keep valuing the bottom line over the happiness and well-being of your employees, and maybe things will work out for you.


  9. Postdoctoral Scholar

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, easy to establish collaborations and reach professors

    Cons

    Human resources is not good dealing on time with foreigners visas and international tax treatment


  10. Good experience to perform innovative cutting edge research

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Have many resources at your disposal to conduct research. Top notch principal investigators. There is an open atmosphere to engage in collaborations with other labs.

    Cons

    Not the best advocacy for post-doctoral scholars. Low stipend and benefits. Not the best communication to post docs of the seminars and grand rounds given at the medical center. Not much interplay between the basic scientists and clinicians.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to do more for the needs of the post doctoral scholars of the university. Better opportunities for attending more clinical/translational events.


  11. Operations Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

    I worked at Tufts University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work atmosphere, coworkers, great opportunity to learn and add to skill set

    Cons

    no upward mobility to full time work

    Advice to Management

    keep homegrown talent



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