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Duke Corporate Education Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, great people, wonderful experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    - people
    - opportunities to challenge yourself
    - opportunities to travel
    - opportunities to meet with best in the field
    - collaborative team-driven environment

    Cons

    - compensation not enough as compared to long hours
    - veiled messaging
    - little to no on-the-job training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lay offs twice in 10 years?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Corporate Education

    Pros

    - people are smart and most are hardworking
    - lots of travel if you like that and access to interesting clients
    - a way to gain good experience fast

    Cons

    - organization is an upside-down pyramid, with too many high paid executives and too few poorly paid project managers (who actually do all the work)
    - burn out is high
    - rarely are the promotions from within for executive jobs. High favoritism over merit.
    - twice in 10 years, the company has laid off employees due to the recession and bad management practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The status quo is hurting morale. Run the business profitably.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A flat organization with extremely smart people making not so smart decisions

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to List in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to List in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    the people are really smart and generally nice to work with.

    Cons

    compensation is a joke. There are no performance measures, no competence list for jobs, no career pathing, no bonuses, no rewards system. Everyone gets the same cost of living increases every year (3%) regardless of how well (or how poorly) you do your job. Employee morale is extremely low and management is extremely slow to act

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. They do not listen to their employees, so failure will be their wake-up call.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Getting a MBA helps

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    Former Employee - Project Director in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Project Director in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke Corporate Education

    Pros

    Duke CE can be a great place to work -- decent pay and benefits for most roles. Exciting projects, exciting places to travel, fascinating companies and management challenges. For the most part, your colleagues are great, and the company parties can even be fun. You will bond.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of travel. It is first and foremost a consulting role. It's easy to get pigeon-holed, and hard to move up unless you have years of experience in consulting, or you have a MBA. All that's not a guarantee. If you're a young mother or father, you will not get a break from the travel. Most young moms have quit. Everyone wants to be in business development or in design -- not all are considered talented enough. Clients expect a lot because they pay a lot for services. It's hard to pull yourself above the menial work sometimes, but it's essential to do that quickly and move forward quickly in this organization. Title inflation is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization has changed since its inception -- the ideas that run the place have changed. Be honest with yourselves and with new hires and tell them that. There is very little that separates DukeCE from any other consulting firms. The competitive difference is less. The tension between academic and practitioner is less. Perhaps you can reinvent yourselves -- you may have no choice. The heavy spenders are fewer nowadays.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    In these days and times....Change is very necessary.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke Corporate Education

    Pros

    Ability to meet people and travel - if your life can sustain that type of momentum at the time. I say that because it is "non stop".

    Cons

    There needs to be more teamwork...there was none when I was an employee there. It was difficult to get was you needed from each dept in order to get your tasks done. This in turn made it more challenging to perform your job with the extra stress - from an already stressful job. It was great when you accomplished it but that said more about the PM than the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See past the "institutional client"....they did not save the company in the recession that we are now all in - hence the mass layoffs. Broaden the scope of services provided and how, how it is delivered. Technology can play a vital role here.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Duke Corporate Education

    Pros

    Very good place to work, everyone is very supportive from the CEO in North Carolina to the junior admin staff

    Cons

    Perhaps appearing to lack commercial focus on programme profitability. Focused on keeping number one ranking in world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. Ensure staff are more commercially aware.Tighten up your cash flow, through tighter contracts with faculty contractors and end clients

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Good environment; Supporting people; Freedom to work; Time Flexibility; Work is fun

    Cons

    Long term concern, Salary is low, Low growth rate, Structure is not good, Salary get delayed all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director

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

    Pros

    Dynamic place to work, interesting clients, great colleagues, autonomy and diversity of work

    Cons

    Depending on role, long hours and lots of travel during peak seasons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke Corporate Education

    Pros

    great colleagues, interesting work, nice people

    Cons

    terrible travel schedule, long hours, very political place with very low meritocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn what your staff really know how to do (and not) and make sure you give bad feedback when required.

    Recommends

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