Duke University
3.9 of 5 270 reviews
www.duke.edu Durham, NC 5000+ Employees

Duke University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.9 270 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

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    A great place to work!

    Administrative Director (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

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

    ConsLimited opportunities to advance within the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive environment

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

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

    Consinterdisciplinary research may result in lack of department support

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent for undergrad, good for grad

    PhD Candidate (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGreat people. Financial stability. Great basketball team.

    ConsSmall university; only few areas of research and classes offered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bar for passing phd defense should be the same for all students, irrespective of the advisor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Pros- excellent classes, connections, and flexibility
    - great opportunities and support, including career fairs, stipends for travel, and supplementary fellowships

    Cons- parking
    - many of the professors are big names, so it's hard, especially in big labs, to get time with your professor

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits, low pay

    Attorney (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGreat benefits, family friendly, flexible hours, telecommuting possible, decent work culture, nice place to live, tuition reimbursement available, childcare onsite, supportive co-workers, decent vacation, paid maternity leave

    ConsLow salary, little job growth, can be slow to implement new ideas, can be resistant to change, heavy meeting culture, HR policies make it difficult to get ahead due to tight restrictions on pay scales and raises when you do finally earn a promotion

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top place to work

    Program Assistant (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Prosfamily community, great benefits, great pay, numerous opportunities, brilliant people, very diverse, they appreciate their employees, great faculty and staff, always part of the team even after leaving

    ConsParking is definitely a con, but that is common with universities. Parking in the summer is not as bad as it is during the school year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone--Keep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are great, especially the 403B plan. If you're salaried you can contribute as little as 3% and they will contribute more than 8%.

    Job stability here is better than a lot of for-profit companies.

    ConsThe trade off for the benefits and stability is lower than average salaries, small raises, and no bonuses. You also have to pay for parking!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great time as a teacher's assistant

    Teacher's Assistant (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsAs a student you get the chance to earn an extra bit of money, besides what your parents provide, while at the same time re-learning material from a past class and helping students within your age range.

    ConsThe work load of grading papers, attending classes without getting credits, and hosting office hours in place of the professor can take a toll on studies and social life, but otherwise it was a great experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProfessors that take on TAs: Make it clear exactly what you'd like them to do. Us as students want to make as much money a week as possible. It helps to know what we should do during our paid hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, poor pay, big egos - work environment varies widely

    Manager-level Staff (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsThe benefits (403(b), medical coverage, business discounts and tuition help, to name a few) are outstanding. The campus is beautiful and convenient to commuters. Job security appears to be good.

    ConsPay is poor for non-faculty - it looks good on paper if you factor in benefits, but is lousy if you need liquidity. Work-life balance, office environment and many other factors are highly dependent on which unit you're in and who you work for. Egos are out of control - faculty "stars" are put in charge of staff with little guidance on management and no motivation to gain any, and grudges between higher-level faculty/staff can really hamstring others. Academic/meeting-heavy culture means it can take forever to get things done. Promises at hiring of potential movement/promotion within the university have not been kept (for me or others).

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers to manage programs, not "superstar" academics with no managerial experience (or MAKE them work cooperatively with managing directors). Increase staff salaries or offer the option of a more traditional 403(b) match for employees who need cash now. Develop clearer career paths and opportunities for those who want to move within the university. Encourage efficiency and bottom-up contributions to unit management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good reputation, but HR policies don't treat postdocs well

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsHighly respected academic research institution. Great research facilities available (metabolomics, mass spec, RNAseq, Mircroarray, etc). In general, the people at Duke all seem very nice. As with any postdoc position, your mentor has the most control over whether you are happy and satisfied.

    ConsHR policies for postdocs at Duke are some of the worst I've seen. Duke won't pay for a postdoc's health insurance for the first month, so the postdoc must pay the full premium on their own. They only benefit is the fact that you are then covered for an additional month after you end employment.

    Postdocs have to go to the Duke new employee orientation, which is pointless because 99% of the information they go over does not apply to a postdoc. Postdocs aren't "real" employees at Duke, and thus, do not get most of the benefits they offer to employees. Postdocs do not get retirement benefits and cannot take advantage of the dependent care reimbursement account. I'm sure there are a lot of other HR benefits that postdocs are not eligible for as well.

    If you get your own funding to support your research and salary, you are completely cut off from benefits. While you can still buy into the health insurance plan, you have to pay the FULL premium out of your grant, and thus you are paying taxes on that full amount. Additionally, since grant money isn't considered earned income, you can't contribute to any retirement plan on your own, and like I mentioned, Duke doesn't offer retirement to postdocs anyway. Combined with the low pay of a postdoc, it makes for a pretty awful financial situation, especially if one has a family.

    As with any postdoc position, there is little room for upward mobility within the same institution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHR policies need reformed. They need to start treating postdocs better. Give them the benefits they deserve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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