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Duke University Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
279 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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

    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.  

    Duke Athletics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

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    A great place to work!

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

    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
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    Great employer with excellent benefits and commitment to employee development.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Duke has an excellent health insurance for its employees. Benefits inclusive of time off and tuition benefits for kids are also very good. Duke pays attention to work-life balance.

    Cons

    Childcare for pre-school children was difficult this was combined with the problems of the surrounding area (Durham). Duke has been working on improving this through community engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Duke is a good place to work. Continue investments in surrounding community to continue improving quality of life of employees living in Durham.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Top place to work

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

    Pros

    family 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

    Cons

    Parking 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 ManagementAdvice

    None--Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great time as a teacher's assistant

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    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Durham, NC

    Pros

    As 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Professors 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC

    Pros

    You get to cross any lines necessary to research leading information.

    Cons

    There are none to speak of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Coworkers

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    Former Employee - Residential Counsellor, DUKE TIP East  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Residential Counsellor, DUKE TIP East in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, while not forgetting about the work. All hardworking staff.

    Cons

    Short contract period. Perhaps a bit under-paid?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Doing What You're Doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work.

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits, flexible time off, good work-life balance, very good professional resources for graduate students, postdocs and research scientists, innovative and interesting work.

    Cons

    lack of teamwork; this is research group specific and depends on the principle investigator; I experienced only limited interactions between research groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create better team environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Research Assistant at Math Department

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

    Pros

    The best part of working at Duke is the access to amazing faculty and resources- I worked directly with the inventor of JPEG at Duke and learned a great deal.

    Cons

    Work load can be great and work-life balance can be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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