Duke University Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Solid!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Librarian in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Librarian in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to advance as long as your dependable!

    Cons

    Need to assess yourself to see if you really want it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, while minimizing subtle stresses.


  2. Wall Monitor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work at rock wall, get to listen to music, gear discounts, meet lots of cool people, learn more about different aspects of climbing

    Cons

    Management is strict, lots of regulations, don't really get to climb much, pay is much lower than what is typically paid for a job at Duke.

    Advice to Management

    Relax regulations a little bit


  3. Instructor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Writing Instructor in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Guest Writing Instructor in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Duke has access to formidable resources.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report!


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  5. meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work / life balance, relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Too hard to get a promotion and / or a raise.


  6. Enjoyed Working Here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Benefits, Great Research Opportunities, Great Co-workers, Incredibly bright colleagues

    Cons

    All of Academic Research Cons typically apply: Long hours, Publish/Perish, Funding concerns, competition, etc


  7. Great professors, great students, amazing teaching experience.

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

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helping students with Multivariable Calculus, a subject that I personally enjoy, and a lot of free time.

    Cons

    Nothing I can say really. Probably change shifts to a more convenient time, but that's the only detail.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it's great.


  8. Great Benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provide employees with what they need, great benefit package, decent salary.

    Cons

    Lacks flextime for most employees.


  9. Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very encouraging and educative environment. PI was extremely helpful, motivational and available to help whenever needed

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    No advice neeeded for the management


  10. Program coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; strong support and open communication; comfortable work environment; adequate training; good work-life-balance

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other higher education institutions; limited advancement and mobility; whenever positions are posted they are most often reserved for pre-selected candidates; interviews rarely happen for non-Duke employees without some intervention from a high-ranking manager.


  11. Lab Technician I

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great HR assistance with parking/ID card/scheduling. The professor was great as well as the students in the lab and the support staff was very timely and helpful if you ever needed to submit a work order. I never really had any interaction with CEO level personnel but if you had a favorable review every year they were good at giving you their raise and networking within the University system was priceless.

    Cons

    Parking was complicated and expensive if you had to commute to work with your car and you have to remember that even if you fulfill your hours you still have to touch base with your PI on their hours to complete your projects.

    Advice to Management

    Weekly checking in with employees, it doesn't have to take long, just something short to maybe relate to non-work topics and check in to see their comfortability with the position as well as coworkers to aid with any problems or issues in order to maximize production.



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