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Duke University Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
331 Reviews
4.1
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A lot of sports events so you have a very good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 9 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours in the lab (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Graduate Instructor

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

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Great university, many smart people

    Cons

    Administrative bloat and road blocks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let departments focus on what they do best--educate.

  2.  

    research assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    it was great work life balance, smart people, nice people, a lot of resources, nice campus, great benefits, and a great reputation nationwide

    Cons

    the pay is awful granted that cost of living is low, raises are always non existent, political stuff can also happen, who you know can matter. If you are young it can be hard to get to know people or a lot of people are married from young age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

  3.  

    Good benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. There are some very remarkable people working at Duke.

    Cons

    Salary compensation. There is no flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5.  

    Great boss

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, great boss, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    awful pay, very hard to make vertical moves with material increase in pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Generally a good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to further your education through employee degree programs and the benefits are very good.The campus is a wonderful environment and the culture is generally supportive of professional development. Additionally, there are very talented students and staff. Definitely a plus when collaboration is needed for project or other types of work.

    Cons

    Work-life was at times challenging, and can be frustrating considering the compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Eh

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

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

    Pros

    This place has an intensive methodological training and strong academic reputation. You will likely have a good shot at a Poli sci job coming from the Duke University department of political science. I think I have said enough.

    Cons

    The focus tends to be very narrow in terms of research focus, emphasizing primarily methods and stats and formal models. There is a strong sense of dissonance between faculty and graduate students, and within the faculty themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Duke University Graduate School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great environment, good professors to learn from. Usually, the teaching or work load is not high. You got time to relax yourself.

    Cons

    Kind of isolated from other universities. Not easy to find great collaborators in the same department. Don't support sixth year graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold more big conferences.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (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
  10.  

    overall a good place to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    friendly environment, laid back, intelligent people

    Cons

    pay does not reflect experience

  11.  

    Tangerines vs Oranges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, friendly work environment, job duties clearly defined. Each department or division operates differently!!!!! It really hard to compare.

    Cons

    You have to know someone to get hired on the University side, little room for growth, no incentive for excelling - everyone gets the same 3% raise. When the grant is over - you are on your own. HR does not help keep great employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support front line workers more: job security and career growth not just upper managers and Tenured faculty

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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