Duke University Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
315 Reviews
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315 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.  

    Great place and environment to work. Smart, hard working and highly dedicated faculty, students and researchers.

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

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

    Pros

    Core facilities. Laboratory conditions. Quality of research environment. Access to state pf the art resources. Quality and affordability of life. Beautiful area. Direct connection to clinical research.

    Cons

    Hard to grow as an independent investigator. They do not hire internally

    Recommends
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    IT Analyst and Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly people and atmosphere, good balance between family life and work life, enough people to get the job done without stressing you out to the max. Great health benefits and occasional other neat perks as well, like football or basketball game tickets.

    Cons

    The pay is not that great, but better than public universities. This is a given though. The raises aren't that great either. In my particular department, there was no room to move up, so I was pretty much stuck. It's also a very liberal, politically-motivated environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No major advice other than remember that just because some of us don't have Masters degrees doesn't mean we aren't as smart (or smarter) than you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A worthwhile experience.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A sense of pride that comes from working for an established and highly respected institution for higher learning. Sound benefits package with on site training classes for non-faculty administrators to gain the skills they may need to advance within the University system. Vacation and sick time accrual. Opportunities for interaction with diverse cultures and perspectives can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Solid administrative management at the higher level within departments is lacking. Tenured academics, in particular, do not always possess the kind of leadership skills needed to effectively oversee staff. Their teaching and research responsibilities can impede the administrative process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Rewarding atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, highly motivated. Duke University's high reputation matters, and everyone works to uphold high standards. Benefits are very comprehensive. Forward-looking and stable environment.

    Cons

    Pay not as good as private sector. But still better than public universities. You know going in that a university doesn't have a bonus plan so there's no upside there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently with rank and file staff. Everyone needs to be pulling together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great access to world class research. Faculty and staff are engaged in the scientific progress of the students. If you are looking for a place to get the best scientific training this is place to be. Lots of resources, to do anything you want.

    Cons

    Competitive if you dont come from an Ivy League background.
    Little support if you want to pursue industry.
    Quality of your experience depends on your adviser 100%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide students with more professional development support. We are not all going to do a post-doc or go into academia full-time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Interned at the facilities management department

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people here are really great, they care about the school and work together to make it a better place. Great hours and their break room is stocked with a great coffee selection.

    Cons

    The pay is a little low, but understandable as it's a nonprofit institution. There was sometimes too much red tape in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less summer interns, but pay each one a higher hourly reate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Free money. They never made me do anything. I love Duke it is so awesome. Awesome campus, weather is ok.

    Cons

    I am being kicked out for being a giraffe. They are incredibly biased against giraffes.

  9.  

    Duke Univerisity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great weather, opportunity, and school culture.

    Cons

    It is near downtown but not in the downtown

  10.  

    Great professional development, wonderful colleagues, beautiful work campus.

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional development, collaborative culture, family friendly polices. Wonderful being around motivated and engaged students. Love having the opportunity to attend talks from subject matter experts around the world. I appreciate how the University supports the Durham community.

    Cons

    Some colleagues are lower performers and still are rewarded with keeping their jobs. Some top performers are overlooked and brown nosers are rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the leadership really tries to keep improving the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great boss

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great boss, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    awful pay, very hard to make vertical moves with material increase in pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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