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

Duke University Reviews

Updated May 12, 2014
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3.9 270 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

(131 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Frequent layoffs and poor work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsAttractive campus grounds and buildings.

    ConsPoor stability and bad managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees perform better in a stable environment.

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    Micromanaging and Controlling Supervisors supported by management

    Clinic Service Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsA little better than the lowest salaries in the nation, but well below median income.

    ConsLack of advancement, inequality in allowing benefits, micromanagement, bullying by supervisors with full support of management. Employee grievance system is supportive of management not employees as was intended. Full retirement not until 65 no matter how many years employed by company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow strength in dealing with bullies instead of giving them power and backing to do whatever they want to whomevers life they choose to make a living hell. Listen to grievances before something bad happens, as in someone snapping. Everyone has a threshold.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Visiting Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Prosgreat students that will keep you energized.

    Constoo many arrogant blowhard academics who think that a PhD in one narrowly defined slice of academia makes them PhD's in everything. Makes them the worst leaders and managers I've ever had the displeasure of working with.

    Advice to Senior Managementadmit that you don't know how to manage people and then get some training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros* Life/Work balance is good
    * Education benefit is great for Higher Ed.

    ConsCompensation is low compared to other universities in the area

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low Standards for Information Technology

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsDuke has great flexible schedules. Mostly because there are very little deadlines that need to be kept.

    ConsExtremely poor leadership in Information Technology. Managers have moved up the ladder simply by politics and not by merit. They care little for their staff and are rarely seen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Administration really needs overahaul its functional support areas. The university standards are so low and are so far behind the times. A total reevaluation of the staffing model should be considered for more efficiency, better talent, happier employees, and cost effectiveness

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Duke Needs an Overhaul

    Senior IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsWork-life balance and benefits are very good

    ConsTerrible management, inefficient, unproductive; Duke doesn't pay for you to take courses there as you would expect as a staff member; Linda.com is not adequate training for the IT department- need to invest much more in real classes and training; too political; soul-draining; siloed work; duplicate work being done, with competitiveness, secrecy, and hatred between many groups in the same department; I lost 50 IQ points and developed depression from being on staff for several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDuke University continues to thrive because of its research, great faculty, its reputation, a great basketball coach/program, and the elitist parents that pay full-price for their children to attend. But, in many parts of Duke, staff are ridiculously poorly managed, inefficient, and unproductive. The ethnicity in its human resources department makes up for lack of diversity in the rest of the staff, but it isn't diversity if HR and other specific departments are primarily one ethnicity and other departments are of others. And morale is terrible. It is a political, deadbeat environment where I could hear my mind and skills atrophying. Management and culture must change. Don't give 5 year tenures to those in C-level positions that don't manage because they aren't even in the building 95% of the time. Don't pay people for two or more jobs and give them empty offices, especially not at C-level positions or in senior management. Everyone expects higher-ed institutions, especially Ivy+ like Duke, to be filled with bright staff and working with bleeding edge best technologies. Make it happen, and stop depending on the rich kids, stocks, sports, and research to pay your inflated bills for inadequate work from staff and management. Stop duplicating work within the same department and foster working together rather than competing with each other. The only fun staff ever had is for a short amount of time where they left work early and drank the rest of the afternoon.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Duke Postdoc

    Postdoctoral Associate (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Proskind of famous university, that is all

    Consalmost everything, high pressure, not job opportunity, low salary

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not conducive to students

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsThe work study. It has a good opportunity for students to work while in school.

    ConsAdministration is horrendous. Opportunities are few and far in between. There is much control and little distribution of funds to where they should be.

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    Department of Community and Family Medicine

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsTuition assistance. Benefits are good

    ConsPoorly managed department. Managers have favorites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage people properly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Last one out shut off the lights...

    Programmer Analyst II (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGreat benefits and work/life balance.

    ConsNo raise for 2nd year in a row. No room for promotion. No room for growth. Management have no respect for their staff. Unless you have your MD or PH.D. you are treated like you are nobody.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to change and start having more respect for their employees. Some managers should be fired for their incompentants although that is highly unlikely.

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