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Duke University Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
346 Reviews
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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.  

    Very good university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    career consulting is great and networking

    Cons

    self-learned, too many other events

  2.  

    Prof.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues and students eager to learn

    Cons

    Meetings are not run efficiently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less money for special programs more for departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    good medical benefits, secure, great healthcare, nice people (generally), good vacation and sick time package. lots of great conferences, smart people.

    Cons

    large bureaucracy means that support departments don't necessarily focus on "service" as much as they should; it takes a while to set up workable and functional relationships with outside vendors, and communication within the university isn't great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Summer Job to Gain Lots of Useful Experience

    Former Employee - Conference and Event Services Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Conference and Event Services Assistant in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, has given me a very solid background for many entry-level jobs I've been considering for my career and I wouldn't have been able to get the same experiences otherwise. Work days pass quickly because there is lots to do and varied activities throughout the workday, you're not just sitting behind a desk in an office all day.

    Cons

    Working Weekends a lot of the time and getting other days of the week off when no one else you know is off as well. Also inconsistent amounts of work: some lulls in work depending on programs on campus, but at other times very chaotic right in the middle of the summer when it's prime time for all camps and programs to have participants staying on campus, so a bit overwhelming at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really, the office was managed really well and I felt like they were really good at recognizing our learning curve before they threw us onto certain projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Assistant and Substitute at Dance Arts Center

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    Former Employee - Assistant in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Carlos, CA

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Great one on one opportunities to work with a dance instructor, teach classes, and give students feedback.

    Cons

    Unpaid. Additionally, the time commitment is not as regular as I might have liked it to be - some weeks they would only have one opportunity to assist a class per student.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid but little potential for ambitious non-academia professionals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Easy job, security, good benefits

    Cons

    Being in the administrative side of academia has its perks but it's unlikely that you'll move upwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work-life balance and intellectual community

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    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Love the bright and engaged colleagues and students I work with at Fuqua School of Business
    Good work-life balance
    My work is interesting and intellectually stimulating
    Tuition benefit at Duke is a huge perk that I will take advantage of when my kids reach college age

    Cons

    Salary is on par with other universities, but of course not comparable to private sector
    Career path is very unclear
    Business schools are run like schools, not businesses -- that is, we teach management best practices in the classroom, but do not operate our own institution with the efficiency, innovation, or leadership of a business

    Recommends
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    Duke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Good benefits, bright students, innovative/fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Known for low salaries, pay for parking, lots of bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, and a good place to do research

    Cons

    People are not very concentrated on work themselves, too much distractions

  11.  

    Research Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Good experience with smart/upcoming people. allowed me to make good connections

    Cons

    Hard to get a position as an external applicant and its difficult to extend position as most are based on grant funding and also limits any chance of "promotion". Work can become monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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