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Tufts University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
144 Reviews
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Pros
  • It's possible to maintain (in theory) a good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work environment: supportive and caring, but provides a rigorous education (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Little room for growth and advancement (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    Great Teaching Assistant Environment

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

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    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 an 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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    Great lab experience with a smart, innovative group!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Tufts University as an intern

    Pros

    In the engineering lab, the leadership is very good, and they often lead many exciting developments and research. The work is friendly and everyone collaborates, going to each other to share ideas and solve problems.

    Cons

    As with some engineering groups, the office culture can sometimes be quiet, and it is not as intimate as another lab I have worked in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for student employees.

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

    I worked at Tufts University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, able to expand work responsibilities depending on time we had available. Supervisors cared about what we were working on and made sure to give guidance and context for our work.

    Cons

    Things move slowly. This is academia-- the pros and cons are well known. As a student, the work I was doing was valuable as office experience but not relevant to what I study or would do at any other company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Working at Tufts for less than a year now.

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

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

    Pros

    It's nice to work here-I like the people that I work with, and I like being around smart, engaged students. Also, I live close to Tufts so the University is not bad.

    Cons

    Don't have any complaints-I've had a good experience so far. A small one is that I wish as an employee I had a discount in the dining halls. They serve a lot of students, and I feel like that would be easy to work in.

    Recommends
    Approves 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 an 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
  10.  

    Great job as a student

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    Former Employee - ARC Tutor in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - ARC Tutor in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    Was a great way to make money while studying. ARC provides some useful trainings.

    Cons

    Could have made the tutoring program a bit more organized by providing more support to head tutors.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Chemical and Biological Engineering Department - Warm and fast-learning environment

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    Former Employee - Research Award in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Award in Boston, MA

    I worked at Tufts University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People focused, professors really cares about your improvement

    Cons

    Connection to the industry is not as strong

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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