Duke University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Pros
  • Duke pays attention to work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • opportunities for advancement are not good for supervisors and managers (in 9 reviews)

  • As a graduate student you are expected to work long hours for little pay, but that is the same everywhere (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Public Policy PhD program

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Rigorous, professional, evidence-based, social policy

    Cons

    Young program, growing pains, Durham is too much fun and distracting.


  2. Admissions Ambassador Job Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, good experience

    Cons

    Large amounts of campus construction makes navigation cumbersome to visitors


  3. Best place to work in the Triangle!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Duke's guiding principles create an environment to recruit and retain the best people, facilities, and benefits available for institutions of higher education in the Raleigh/Durham area.

    Cons

    I don't have any at this time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Benefits

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, most everyone is nice and easy to get along with. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    You pretty much have to work for temporary services to get your foot in the door and then hope that a staff position opens up. And once a staff assistant always a staff assistant. Parking sucks.


  6. Tech assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice intellectual environment to thrive in.

    Cons

    It's a bubble from the rest of the world

    Advice to Management

    Expose students the realities of Durham life more


  7. Nice pay, not so nice culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with Duke has its pluses and minuses. The academic reputation of the university, the relatively high pay in the part of the school where I work, and the relatively easy job are all good reasons to like this job.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Duke's snobby reputation carries through not only to its students, but also to a lot of the staff and faculty as well. The culture tends to include a lot of back-stabbing, passive aggression, and general unkindness. Given the type of students we generally support, it's sometimes hard to feel like you're making much of a difference, since so many have been served their lives on a silver platter.


  8. Student

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    one of the leading institutions in business research

    Cons

    extremely competitive and requires considerable hard work


  9. RRT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rrt
    Current Employee - Rrt

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    strong knowledge base, constant learning and advancing clinical skill sets

    Cons

    wish the pay could be more up to speed with the market


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stressful environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Duke has a beautiful campus where you have access to great services and programs.

    Cons

    The environment is extremely competitive to the point of being suffocating at times. There are power structures that are difficult to deal with and work under.

    Advice to Management

    Find some ways to foster diversity of thought and hard work without creating undue stress.


  11. very good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good environment. People are nice. Work load is balanced

    Cons

    It is hard to get promoted



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