Tulane University
3.7 of 5 99 reviews
www.tulane.edu New Orleans, LA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Tulane University Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
Tulane University – New Orleans – “Zach Morgan and Orleans Darkwa celebrating after…”

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3.7 99 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Tulane University President and Director Scott S. Cowen

Scott S. Cowen

(53 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    Mixed feelings.

    PhD Student (Former Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

    ProsSalary is competitive. Most classes are taught well. Campus is pretty. Great city to have fun in. Other graduate students are supportive.

    ConsMost faculty care nothing for their students and treat them with disrespect. The undergrads are often rich, entitled kids that just want to party and then complain and cause problems when they don't get A's. In addition, the staff are often an obstacle to productivity....on this note, facilities services is the worst.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your graduate students with respect. They are underpaid, overworked, and their careers depend on the whims of their advisers. The staff should actually provide helpful, friendly, and speedy customer service instead of the alternative.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work if you don't care about your work.

    Development (Current Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

    ProsThere are a few good people here, and they will help you get ahead.
    12 sick days per year
    Lots of Holidays
    Vacation time is pretty generous
    Never have to work outside of business hours
    7.5 hour work day (37.5 hour workweek)

    ConsPoor management
    Powerless management
    Cover-your-ass culture
    Employees' primary interest is in self-preservation, not in accomplishing goals
    No praise for good work
    No feedback on poor work
    No social culture, no company culture
    Suggestions for improvement are deemed "complaints"
    Absolutely NO work from home
    Extreme disconnect between management and employee satisfaction.
    Boss will sometimes give you grief for using earned PTO (sick or vacation).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTulane hemorrhages talent and breeds mediocrity; exceptional hires soon realize that co-workers are not interested in a job well done (instead, they would rather keep archaic processes in interest of self-preservation) and jump ship.

    Maximum shelf life of a smart staff person at Tulane is 3 years.

    Engage employees and give merit to complaints when they are brought to you.

    Facilitate mediation when peer conflicts arise.

    Cultivate a culture where co-workers get to know each other so that they respect each other as human beings, instead of cogs.

    Reward a job well done; offer constructive feedback and professional development when work is lacking. It is possible to go for weeks at a time without interacting with another person or doing any work-- management isn't even turning a blind eye, they are simply oblivious.

    No management actually occurs here-- mangers do not personally interact with employees, and rather leave co-workers to fend for themselves when resolving conflicts. Policy changes (as if there were any policies to follow to begin with) are impossible.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A negative experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best reason I can think of to work at Tulane University would be the benefits. The perk of having your children go to school for free.

    ConsThere is no communication, very unethical, and horrible place to be employed. Very political with no due process or praise for superior work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to effectivley monitor Departments so they are not an independent entity. They are able to do whatever they want to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Welcome to hell

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

    ProsSend your kids to college
    child care
    you are a yes man
    you lack the ability to find a job anywhere else

    Conscompensation is lacking
    do not recognize talent
    slackers get promoted
    recognized leaders get "reorganized" due to personal issues with CTO
    watch out for the knives, your likely to get stabbed in the back

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should reign in the current CTO before he destroys the whole infrastructure that was recovered post-Katrina. It would seem that the CTO should recognize talent and not be so concerned with stroking his ego. He has only succeeded in surrounding himself with yes men and clueless executives to make himself look like less of an idiot. What was Tulane thinking??

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They do good research and interesting work, terrible management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrifying working environment

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementNo more advice than 'never goes there!'

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Less than Satisfying

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsWe 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 Senior ManagementEveryone 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Library Tech (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not all it is cracked up to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPrestigious environment, good working conditions

    ConsDon't comply with their own salary policies,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Education is not a business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome very smart people here

    ConsThe admin doesn't listen to the very smart people here

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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