Duke University Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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  • 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. Grad Student - Econ PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly professors (mostly), friendly young researchers.

    Cons

    Econ building is pretty bad, all the other are good though.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better classrooms, seriously, this is one of the wealthiest universities in the USA and you still have classrooms that are worst than other way smaller universities.


  2. PhD in Nursing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    well compensated and lots of funding opportunities

    Cons

    Small department and thus small range of mentored research areas


  3. Good place to be a PhD student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, and the computing resources are pretty good. Basketball team is excellent and it is easy for grad students to go to games. Cost of living is low.

    Cons

    Durham is not a great place to live. Other than that not too much. Had a great time being a student here.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on town-gown relations. Try to stop being in the news for embarrassing reasons so much.


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  5. Tutor

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    Current Employee - Tutor
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University part-time

    Pros

    I love everything about Duke. The students are so passionate.

    Cons

    Sometimes I spent too much time more than I got paid.

    Advice to Management

    I hope to have more students in the future. And I want higher wage per hour.


  6. Patient Service Associate

    Former Employee - Patient Service Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Patient Service Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Duke University is a excellent place to work, they are professional, friendly, and very helpful.

    Cons

    The only downside for me when I was working at Duke, it was the distance I had to travel, other wise I would still be there going on 16 years.


  7. The best of a university setting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and setting. Lots of mobility between groups and positions, and opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Undergraduate education is the focus of most program development


  8. Management woes

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige, world renowned research, great patients, the newer parts of the medical campus are beautiful, excellent retirement account employer contribution for salaried employees

    Cons

    I worked in two different departments at Duke and never had a decent mid-level manager. They all seem to come from decent workers who never learned what management means.

    Advice to Management

    Improve flexibility in work schedules, give better leadership and management training to mid level managers, create more clear career ladders


  9. Sr. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. It's great working for a prestigious University among brilliant faculty members.

    Cons

    Pay is not great considering the amount of time and effort that goes into the work we do. Faculty and staff are not treated equally, nor are they given the same type of perks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on rewarding ALL of your staff members, not just the faculty. Staff that travel and work just as much as the faculty should receive similar benefits and rewards.


  10. Great place to work and research

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

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

    Pros

    You have the chance to work along steamed scientist. Provides a balanced work - life combination especially if you are in research. Health insurance is also good.

    Cons

    High stress if you are in training in clinical fields. Some research labs look old and not equipped with top notch technology, although it is improving pretty quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work and plan to bring in new medical devices in the research labs. Improvements in the workplace has been very nice though.


  11. Great Benefits, Too Political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Duke School of Medicine provides good Health Benefits, opportunities for Work Life Balance, and a decent salary, Coworkers are pleasant

    Cons

    It is a very political organization with faculty who expect support staff to cater to their needs and customize products for them rather than create solutions for use by everyone.



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