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Updated April 28, 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)

    "Welcome to hell"

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

    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 Management

    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??


  2. Helpful (3)

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. "Mixed feelings."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PhD Student in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Total lack of employee appreciation."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. "Horrible place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    payment is really bad. Ito me they are racist. my boss ask just foreign people to work 80h per week. specially the foreign girls and all the American at work leave at 4pm or they don't come to work. It is ok with him . If someone complain he will fire them. not a good place for international

    Cons

    payment is bad, they are racist. don't apply for this place

    Advice to Management

    maybe a bit balance between international and local people. we are not slave


  7. "Assistant Director of Information Technology"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Metairie, LA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Metairie, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management experience while still maintaining hands on technical experience. Tulane is a great physical working environment with much freedom to do what needs to be done as efficiently and affectively as possible.

    Cons

    The direction the university and in particular my department of the business school has recently lost a desire to be a top 50 business school.

    Advice to Management

    Currently, there is no planning of major projects and little or no explanation how the specific projects are for the betterment of the business school.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "You can bust your butt, and no one will care. You can also do absolutely nothing, and no one will care"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Free MBA
    -Campus is pretty and nice to walk around when you need a break from how crappy your job is

    Cons

    -Salary is terrible, only reason anyone should work there is to get the free MBA. They were trying to get a web developer for 42k. In the private world, any decent web developer is 60k MINIMUM.
    -On that subject, management routinely slashes salaries by 10% when someone quits, so if you're applying for a job, you're probably making substantially less than the person before you. They call it the cost of "knowledge transfer" but when pay is so terrible, it'll take 5+ years to match that.
    -Don't expect any decent raises.
    -There's so much bureaucracy and nonsense, don't expect to get anything accomplished. People don't want to change what they're doing. They'll hide behind their job descriptions and refuse to do anything new
    -I don't know if the Tulane culture wears people down or if they join Tulane because they don't want to do much, but people here do the bare minimum. There are a few good people who actually want to do something right, but they usually leave or give up hope after a few years.
    -Health benefits are pretty mediocre for a school that owns a hospital network

    Advice to Management

    Nothing you can do. The culture is so toxic across the school you'd need to fire 35% of the workforce to restore it. And that assumes you fired the right 35%.


  9. "Program Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible managers, vacation and time off

    Cons

    Constant change of managers and organizational process


  10. "tulane university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Metairie, LA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Metairie, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small group but not much room to grow

    Cons

    lot of crime in campus and off campus


  11. "Watch out for Tulane student affairs!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Housing and Residence Life Employee
    Former Employee - Housing and Residence Life Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is honestly really difficult to think of a positive part of my experience working at Tulane. I will say that I greatly enjoyed working with some of the students.

    Cons

    Housing and Residence Life at Tulane is truly horrible. The leadership is corrupt, rude, unprofessional and petty. They have no concept of work-life balance and do not know how to show appreciation for their employees. There is a lot of gossip and drama in the office, and they never seem to have their policies under control. I would not recommend a job with Tulane HRL to anyone. Student affairs as a whole at Tulane isn't much better. There is a lot of political drama between departments and people are not overly welcoming.

    Advice to Management

    Start from scratch. The people in your leadership positions are the problem. Must be something in the water there...


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