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Duke University Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
330 Reviews
4.1
330 Reviews
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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.  

    Benefits not as good as they think

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Name recognition is huge, many scientific laboratory cores that serve the researchers.

    Cons

    Benefits are lower than what you'd expect for such a big-name company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not make workers use their vacation days to cover missing a day when the university is closed, ie. due to snow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great place for study and work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Nice people and beautiful environment.

    Cons

    A little bit different from a city.

  3.  

    Duke University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    great benefits, intellectual environment, great community

    Cons

    Parking, parking, parking, parking, parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make parking cheaper

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great University

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO
  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 an 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
    Approves of CEO

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