Duke University Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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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. Overall great experience

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, benefits, and support staff. I worked on the research side, and Duke definitely tries to provide everything you need for a successful lab.

    Cons

    Very rare difficulties with academic bureaucracy. Additionally the payroll department can be very inflexible and occasionally makes mistakes that they are unable to fix in a timely manner.


  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. 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.


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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. 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


  7. Good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    I worked at the medical center, and the benefits provided were very good. Resources for research were also quite extensive.

    Cons

    Laboratories at the medical center tend to be fairly isolated, with less collaboration than would be ideal. Most labs expect postdoctoral research associates to work as though they are targeting a tenure-track position, which is not a realistic goal for most individuals.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with the top-notch professor in finance field and connect with other research assistants. Really good experience to cooperate with professor and other RAs.

    Cons

    The hourly wage is not high comparing with other academia institution


  11. Graduate research experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Duke has a really great infrastructure in place. Between the research facilities and the hospital you can almost always find someone willing to share insight.

    Cons

    Your individual experience naturally depends on the department and the group for which you work. Some facilities are better equipped and better maintained than others, but overall it was above average.

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't really apply as this is a University, but in my department I appreciated the opportunities to continue my education outside the laboratory and I would recommend to continue encouraging those aspects.



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