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Duke University Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
245 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.  

    Excellent first job out of school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment for getting accustomed to office work, flexible hours, good pay and great health insurance, perks of working at a college campus like library access and free movies.

    Cons

    Duke is weirdly inflexible about certain things, like making you pay for parking and use vacation hours if the office closes due to weather.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a university, I think the direction is fine. Management advice would have to be specific to individual offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fulfilling, fast-paced, meaningful experience dedicated to finding a vaccine for HIV.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    DHVI fosters independent growth of knowledge and skill sets. They encourage good communication skills and collaboration within departments to make sure that all research is cutting edge. Everyone had the utmost respect for each other and it felt like a family.

    Cons

    There were long hours and it could be stressful at times due to the nature of the work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Top notch talent among coworkers. Fair (very fair) compensation. Snazzy offices and computers, as well as a cluster to use for computing.

    Cons

    None to speak of. They might give away your office, I guess? But then you'll get a new one that's comparable in quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More math courses would be good. Don't switch offices on people without saying so. I don't know, I wouldn't put anything here but there's a 20 word minimum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy job, good pay, great work/study job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    You can do your homework half of the time, the pay is really great.

    Cons

    Hard to get time off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. There are also people from nearby universities working with us. Great benefits.

    Cons

    My salary was bit low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Durham is great, cheap living.

    Cons

    Durham is not a big city, might be boring to some people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Undergraduate Engineering TA position, 3 semesters, EGR103

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    While it isn't the most glamorous job here at Duke, my experience TAing was fantastic - the pay is reasonable (although not what you can get from an engineering job), the hours are good and the work is instructional for you as much as it is for the students you're working with. My knowledge of MATLAB grew immensely, and I got a chance to meet a lot of engineers and act as a pseudo-adviser simply because I was farther along in my undergraduate career than they were.

    Cons

    Grading can sneak up on you and labs can take longer than you might expect, so you have to make sure not to leave them for the last minute or you risk spending all night grading. Lab sections are slow but you have to be aware of what's going on around you, so they aren't really good times for working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Grad student in Econ

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    Current Employee - Grad Student In Economics in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Grad Student In Economics in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Good program in terms of academics. DGS is caring and responsive. Ecoteach staff are great

    Cons

    There are good advisers and not-so-good ones... use your judgement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An interdisciplinary environment, lots of opportunities.

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly, all sorts of activities.

    Cons

    Things are not moving fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good work-life balance and intellectual community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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