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Tulane University Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
113 Reviews
3.7
113 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your position the work life balance is good (in 7 reviews)

  • The weather in New Orleans is enjoyable, the city is very nice, and the food is the best (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • I can't really think of any at the moment, Tulane is a New Orleans institution (in 7 reviews)

  • The cost of living can be very expensive (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Total lack of employee appreciation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Tulane University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Children get to go to Tulane on a tuition waiver.

    Cons

    Tulane overworks its salaried employees. If someone leaves, work gets dumped on the remaining employees and the abandoned position typically doesn't get filled. Few raises. No room for advancement. When one does get a 2-3% raise, it doesn't come close to keeping pace with inflation. Increases in healthcare costs are pushed onto employees while the coverage gets worse. All in all, the tuition waiver is not worth the stress the job puts on the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate top heavy management. Eliminate extreme waste. Show the employees that their efforts are appreciated by giving them the compensation that they are due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed feelings.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Development in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Development in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    There 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)

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Tulane 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A negative experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to hell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Tulane University

    Pros

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

    Cons

    compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

    Upper 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??

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Do your due diligence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (currently); university setting can be pleasant and civilized

    Cons

    Poor pay scale with limited raises that don't keep pace with cost of living; repeatedly recurring discussions and rumors about significantly cutting the most attractive benefits; limited opportunities for growth; very limited advocacy for the "little guys"; attractive compensation for upper-most levels, not so great for the rest of us

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    They do good research and interesting work, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tulane University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Horrifying working environment

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Tulane University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    No more advice than 'never goes there!'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than Satisfying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    We 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 ManagementAdvice

    Everyone 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Library Tech
    Former Employee - Library Tech

    I worked at Tulane University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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