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Duke University Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
323 Reviews
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323 Reviews
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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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great place for research and study.

    Cons

    There are too many squirrels on campus.

  2.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst I in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst I in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    very encouraging and ethical company

    Cons

    nothing I can think of

  3.  

    Great University

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely stimulating place to be. Full of opportunities and professional growth. Wonderful location. Relaxed paced but with all the opportunities of a big city.

    Cons

    Very political in the Humanities, extremely ideological, which makes sometimes difficult to make research, because everybody is following a political agenda instead a knowledge quest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to Graduate students in the Humanities and be careful about who is the DGS in each department. They can be awesome scholars, but some of them just are terrible, I insist, terrible, dealing with the stressful life of a grad student.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Very good overall experience working for Duke University

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

    I worked at Duke University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are many benefits to working here, great overall experience. My supervisor was very easy to communicate with and always responded promptly to emails. I felt little pressure from my supervisor, and all my tasks were clearly laid out with no room for misinterpretation.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of, as I stated it was an overall very pleasant experience to work for the business school.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Postdoc Experience

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The expectation is high here, but it is not cut throat type. You might produce more papers than you expect.

    Cons

    As a postdoc, you don't get paid as much as you deserve. But it is a common thing for any postdoc position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Short term stay is recommended.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7.  

    Nice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Big institution with a lot of resources

    Cons

    Cold. A lot of competition between students

  8.  

    Wonderful staff, wonderful students.

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources
    Great faculty
    Wonderful staff

    Cons

    Cons will vary depending on the faculty you work with

    Recommends
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  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
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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.

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