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Tufts University Reviews

Updated December 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good health insurance, option for 403b, reasonable work life balance depending on PI" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Friendly work environment, supportive co-workers" (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "sometimes used because graduate interns have the experience but low pay" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is quite challenging" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work as a student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tufts University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and more engaging responsibilities than working at one of the local businesses.

    Cons

    As one would expect, there aren't enough opportunities for all students so it can be competitive for some of the more sought after positions.


  2. "Postdoctoral Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance, option for 403b, reasonable work life balance depending on PI

    Cons

    No retirement matching, no childcare subsidies, and it is wicked expensive to add a spouse or dependent onto your health insurance

  3. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time

    Pros

    - Nice to go to grad school

    Cons

    - Long hours for PhD students


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tufts University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good medical/dental, on-site staff health center, can take classes at a top-notch university. Environment that values learning. Can be supportive depending on your department. Good if you've got a side gig or passion project and just need a solid 9-5 to pay the billz.

    Cons

    Don't look at Tufts to be an innovative or creative workplace. Hard to move up. Internal systems, software, and processes often clunky/mystifying. Lack of communication across the organization. Disregard for staff in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees' careers. Promote out-of-the box thinking and systems.


  5. "stressful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - the pay is good and competitive, as are the benefits (employee access to education and professional development is key and one of the best parts of working at Tufts).
    - because of the "social justice focus" (more on that in the cons) people who are drawn to working at Tufts are generally speaking open to discussing social justice issues

    Cons

    - social justice focus is more about diversity and inclusion in the sense of making themselves look good and generate money; they are not actually concerned with altering practices or providing an environment that is supportive to marginalized staff or students; all change is slow and student movements are co-opted
    - moral is extremely low; people are overworked and not compensated for working over time; many people are doing the work of 2-3 jobs meanwhile new positions are hired for "cutting the budget" at the salary of $750k that could be easily spent in more efficient areas
    - focus on full person and work life balance does not happen
    - staff of Color in particular experience a difficult and hostile work environment and are leaving in droves
    - depending on department; upward mobility is nonexistent because of lack of tiered positions and people taking on more than one job rather than having enough support


  6. "Vet Tech II"

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    Former Employee - Vet Tech II in Grafton, MA
    Former Employee - Vet Tech II in Grafton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tufts University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, fast paced

    Cons

    Administration/management not consistent in treatment of employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff better! They work hard, make them feel appreciated. Compensate them for their hard work and dedication.


  7. "Comfortable working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tufts University full-time

    Pros

    The people working here care about what they do and are willing to help you when you need it. Definitely a great jumping off point to a career in research as there are a lot of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    None that I know of

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn how to articulately break down and explain a difficult problem.

    Cons

    Grading requires lots of time


  9. "Best environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tufts University full-time

    Pros

    The comunity is great, it is very supportive

    Cons

    Nothing actually comes to my mind


  10. "Learned a lot!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tufts University part-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues, lots to learn, great environment

    Cons

    Pay could be better, inacessible campus