Duke University Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
281 Reviews

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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and a ton of flexibility in terms of scheduling (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 8 reviews)

  • long hours, office space, management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment
    Nice people
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Too big campus
    Boring country life
    No other cons any more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Program Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice campus, friendly staff members. My work load is not overwhelming, and I feel as though I have job security.

    Cons

    My department has minimal training and very poor leadership. There are many inconsistencies across departments on campus. Parking is expensive. Salary is not competitive... they assume people want to work at Duke, so they don't have to pay them well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check up on your leadership and hold them accountable. People shouldn't get their jobs because they know someone or have been here a long time. They should be required to perform.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place with good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice college and campus, living cost is low. A lot of sports events so you have a very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The area is not that safe. You probably need to live in other cities and commute everyday.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Lots of Resources but weird policies

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get that name on your CV or resume. Duke isn't an Ivy but it is right in the tier below so if you are on an academic track it stands out, maybe even more than the quality would warrant. There are a lot of resources on campus to help you find your next position on the academic track. Lots of companies come to campus to recruit.

    Cons

    Weirdly insular culture. They have their way of doing things and aren't interested in more general standards. For example, academic trainees, such as postdocs and grad students, are required to fill out time cards in some departments. I haven't ever heard of that practice in any other institution. There is also much less collaboration and socialization with coworkers here than I am used to in other academic settings. It ends up feeling very corporate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding and challenging institution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    caliber of the faculty and staff, wonderful area to work and live in, incredibly challenging work.

    Cons

    huge, complex organization that takes time to understand.

    Recommends
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    Job security but that's because the department is understaffed and overworked.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's practically impossible to get fired once you're hired. And if you're in any real trouble, you could probably find another department to take you. You'll work with people and wonder how it's possible that someone that incompetent could somehow stay in the same position for decades.

    Benefits. Contributions to retired. The much vaunted tuition reimbursement benefit.

    Cons

    You work with some of the craziest and most diva personalities ever. Lots of lip service to being part of the "Duke family," but really, you're just trapped with a bunch of step-siblings that may like you one minute and despise you the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Richard Brodhead, I know it's fun to appear on TV shows like "Colbert Report," but there are those of us working like crazy here at Duke, and we don't get your acknowledgement. Can you bring back the annual holiday ornament for the employees? My collection stopped several years ago, and I feel incomplete.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Duke Athletics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Training, time-off policies, work life balance. Everything in the Athletic Department has been exactly what I thought it would be.

    Cons

    With most employees having a lot of experience at Duke Athletics, it is hard to move up because these employees have no intention of leaving, and the department is not expanding.

  9.  

    Great management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great management, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Can require some long hours

  10.  

    A great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Director  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Stellar academics. Good work-life balance. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to advance within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    freedom with daily schedule and activities, many resources and sharing between departments

    Cons

    interdisciplinary research may result in lack of department support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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