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Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Collegial environment, great work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Fair payment to afford living in New Orleans (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • In the middle of New Orleans, which is prone to crime (in 13 reviews)

  • It's biggest drawback for faculty is that salaries lag behind cost of living here (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Officer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Development Officer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tends to promote from within, compensation is decent for area

    Cons

    No paid family leave except what time you are able to accrue in sick and vacation time, extremely political work place, constant turnover making it difficult to understand goals and accountability measures, completely inflexible re: telecommuting, flex-time, etc.

    Advice to Management

    The annual review system is built to show only faults and not to reward accomplishments, morale among employees is generally pretty low, senior management is petty and generally willing to throw people under the bus.


  2. "Assistant Professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good students, smart colleagues, great city

    Cons

    low faculty pay. Money goes to bloated administration and athletics. Badly run institution. Benefits mediocre and very expensive. population pretty non-diverse. not enough (official) support for women faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Fund the School of Liberal Arts, which funds you.


  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Tulane University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it is the job that assisting the professor to collect some data for her academic papers. It is bascially the job working on a computer, and the time schedule is really flexible

    Cons

    It is a easy job, however you will wish to work with a reasonable professor, otherwise you might want to quit the job...

    Advice to Management

    they should make the application easier, especially for international students


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  5. "Employee Benefits Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee Retirement Benefits Specialist in Kenner, LA
    Current Employee - Employee Retirement Benefits Specialist in Kenner, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offers very good employee benefits and sick, vacation and holiday time. Get to work with and meet people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Very little advancement. Most jobs are pigeon-hold. Salary increases are the least amount possible with this year's set at 1% cost of living increase. Evaluations do not equate to pay raises. Good evaluations only make you eligible for the cost of living increases.

    Advice to Management

    Value long term, top producing employees. Look within before undertaking a national search to fill top positions.


  6. "Biomedical Engineering Department Graduate Student Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    professors invested in students lives, department helps find students funding through RA, TA, or fellowship opportunities, required to take medical school equivalent Anatomy course--one of the only ones in the country with a cadaver lab

    Cons

    Male-female faculty does not represent field (only 2 female faculty, neither have tenure), Research expectations depend on lab/advisor, some classes required for graduate students are entry level engineering classes


  7. "Academic Services Center"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Services Aid in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Academic Services Aid in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere at the Wilson center is very positive and pushes employees to excel at their jobs. It is clear that none of the advisers are "mailing it in" and everyone really cares about their job.

    Cons

    The job itself can be somewhat boring and the hours can drag. This is usally negated by the atmosphere set by the other employees but it is not entirely avoidable.


  8. "Student Worker"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Tulane University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for students to make extra money in multiple departments

    Cons

    No allowance for increased wages despite having worked in the same position for years.


  9. "HRIS/ Business Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior HRIS/BENEFITS ANALYST in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Senior HRIS/BENEFITS ANALYST in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tulane University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Vacation package and free tution

    Cons

    No career advancement , not looking for change


  10. "Former Adjunct Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor Social Sciences in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor Social Sciences in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tulane University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laidback, largely independent work, flexible schedule, and self-managed time.

    Cons

    Low pay. Strict class-load restrictions for adjuncts. Adjuncts are after-thoughts despite their value to take on the teaching on behalf of full-time faculty who have their own pressures.

    Advice to Management

    A reliable and quality adjunct pool supports your department. They teach the large undergrad classes that are required for majors and also some smaller, interesting classes that make a department attractive to would-be majors. So, maintaining some formal structures of inclusion, communication, or recognition for adjuncts who teach so many classes would be good for everyone in the department.


  11. "Resident Assistent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong compensation, excellent co workers. Clear objectives to achieve each month. I enjoyed it and it was fun.

    Cons

    Management was incapable, rules were entirely arbitrary. Many existed for no reason other than their existence. I emphasize that management is entirely incapable.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone who isn't a student, rehire. I don't know where you'll find capable workers, but they may exist somewhere.


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