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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
345 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Summer Job to Gain Lots of Useful Experience

    Former Employee - Conference and Event Services Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Conference and Event Services Assistant in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, has given me a very solid background for many entry-level jobs I've been considering for my career and I wouldn't have been able to get the same experiences otherwise. Work days pass quickly because there is lots to do and varied activities throughout the workday, you're not just sitting behind a desk in an office all day.

    Cons

    Working Weekends a lot of the time and getting other days of the week off when no one else you know is off as well. Also inconsistent amounts of work: some lulls in work depending on programs on campus, but at other times very chaotic right in the middle of the summer when it's prime time for all camps and programs to have participants staying on campus, so a bit overwhelming at times

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    None really, the office was managed really well and I felt like they were really good at recognizing our learning curve before they threw us onto certain projects

    Recommends
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    Good work-life balance and intellectual community

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Love the bright and engaged colleagues and students I work with at Fuqua School of Business
    Good work-life balance
    My work is interesting and intellectually stimulating
    Tuition benefit at Duke is a huge perk that I will take advantage of when my kids reach college age

    Cons

    Salary is on par with other universities, but of course not comparable to private sector
    Career path is very unclear
    Business schools are run like schools, not businesses -- that is, we teach management best practices in the classroom, but do not operate our own institution with the efficiency, innovation, or leadership of a business

    Recommends
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    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, and a good place to do research

    Cons

    People are not very concentrated on work themselves, too much distractions

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    Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    A great place to work, people are all very gracious!

    Cons

    Everything has been great here!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great experience, but so much depends on your manager

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Duke is nice to work for if you are in a well-funded area. There are opportunities for professional growth and trying new things. The people are respectful and welcoming. West Campus is lovely to work on especially.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of a big organization is frustrating. From what I've learned from others who work there, so much of your experience depends on the people you report to. Some faculty are wonderful to work for, and some are terrible.

    Recommends
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    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.

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    Great University

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely stimulating place to be. Full of opportunities and professional growth. Wonderful location. Relaxed paced but with all the opportunities of a big city.

    Cons

    Very political in the Humanities, extremely ideological, which makes sometimes difficult to make research, because everybody is following a political agenda instead a knowledge quest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to Graduate students in the Humanities and be careful about who is the DGS in each department. They can be awesome scholars, but some of them just are terrible, I insist, terrible, dealing with the stressful life of a grad student.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    good

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst I in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst I in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    very encouraging and ethical company

    Cons

    nothing I can think of

  10.  

    Postdoc Experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The expectation is high here, but it is not cut throat type. You might produce more papers than you expect.

    Cons

    As a postdoc, you don't get paid as much as you deserve. But it is a common thing for any postdoc position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term stay is recommended.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Very good overall experience working for Duke University

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are many benefits to working here, great overall experience. My supervisor was very easy to communicate with and always responded promptly to emails. I felt little pressure from my supervisor, and all my tasks were clearly laid out with no room for misinterpretation.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of, as I stated it was an overall very pleasant experience to work for the business school.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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