Duke University Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. 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.


  2. Postdoctoral Scholar

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    World class facilities, faculty, colleagues, and an active and stimulating academic environment.

    Cons

    Postdocs that receive their own fellowships and funding become "non-compensated" employees and lose access to certain benefits and perks.


  3. Great work environment

    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Duke University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fostered learning and provided multiple opportunities to get involved. Access to important players in the field of public health

    Cons

    No real cons. Some down time.


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  5. Research

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible time; benefits for 30 hour employees; invigorating and challenging place of learning

    Cons

    Many jobs are funded by grants and are short term.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of continuously hiring new people cycle them into new grants.


  6. Graduat student intern

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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

    Hands on working in lab

    Cons

    only 20 hours a week


  7. postdoctoral fellowship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    parking is expensive and limited


  8. Great Place To Learn

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    Current Employee - North Carolina in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - North Carolina in Durham, NC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Open and inviting workplace. Great health care through Duke Med network.

    Cons

    No cons. This is a really great place.


  9. Senior Public affairs specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great to work around so many intelligent people

    Cons

    If you don't have a phd your career will likely max out at some point


  10. Research Associate / Programmer

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    Current Employee - Research Computing in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Computing in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to apply technology to different scientific topics and academic domains. Work on unique projects that have a public profile.

    Cons

    Salaries consistently below market, and cost-of-living adjustments haven't kept up, especially in a city where the costs are rising. Benefits packages have many shortcoming, and extended benefits, such as a tuition grants, are so ill-defined it make long-term planning difficult.


  11. Staff Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Nice, Clean Work Environment. Reputable and Prestigious University

    Cons

    No Flexibility and Low Pay



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