Duke University Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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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. Horrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

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

    Pros

    Smart people and decent pay. Also, the campus is attractive.

    Cons

    Horrible manager -she micromanaged, belittled me, and treated me terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.

  2. Helpful (1)

    No management oversight of problems

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    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Slightly above the national average salary. Benefit package and retirement

    Cons

    Pay for benefits, lack of flexibilty in schedule, pets get preferred treatment, depending on who you are, complaints are never recognized with any action

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for all employees equally, and do not allow harrassment and bullying to continue, from either top management or any of the layers below it.

  3. Be careful with the advisor you pick.

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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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great university name!
    Some good professors.
    Great benefits.
    Blow Average Payment.

    Cons

    Some Arrogant Professors and Employees.
    Very distant and few parking places.

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  5. Frequent layoffs and poor work environment.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Attractive campus grounds and buildings.

    Cons

    Poor stability and bad managers.

    Advice to Management

    Employees perform better in a stable environment.

  6. Micromanaging and Controlling Supervisors supported by management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    A little better than the lowest salaries in the nation, but well below median income.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement, inequality in allowing benefits, micromanagement, bullying by supervisors with full support of management. Employee grievance system is supportive of management not employees as was intended. Full retirement not until 65 no matter how many years employed by company.

    Advice to Management

    Show strength in dealing with bullies instead of giving them power and backing to do whatever they want to whomevers life they choose to make a living hell. Listen to grievances before something bad happens, as in someone snapping. Everyone has a threshold.

  7. visiting associate professor

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    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    great students that will keep you energized.

    Cons

    too many arrogant blowhard academics who think that a PhD in one narrowly defined slice of academia makes them PhD's in everything. Makes them the worst leaders and managers I've ever had the displeasure of working with.

    Advice to Management

    admit that you don't know how to manage people and then get some training.

  8. Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

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

    Pros

    * Life/Work balance is good
    * Education benefit is great for Higher Ed.

    Cons

    Compensation is low compared to other universities in the area

  9. Low Standards for Information Technology

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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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Duke has great flexible schedules. Mostly because there are very little deadlines that need to be kept.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership in Information Technology. Managers have moved up the ladder simply by politics and not by merit. They care little for their staff and are rarely seen.

    Advice to Management

    The Administration really needs overahaul its functional support areas. The university standards are so low and are so far behind the times. A total reevaluation of the staffing model should be considered for more efficiency, better talent, happier employees, and cost effectiveness

  10. Helpful (2)

    Duke Needs an Overhaul

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance and benefits are very good

    Cons

    Terrible management, inefficient, unproductive; Duke doesn't pay for you to take courses there as you would expect as a staff member; Linda.com is not adequate training for the IT department- need to invest much more in real classes and training; too political; soul-draining; siloed work; duplicate work being done, with competitiveness, secrecy, and hatred between many groups in the same department; I lost 50 IQ points and developed depression from being on staff for several years.

    Advice to Management

    Duke University continues to thrive because of its research, great faculty, its reputation, a great basketball coach/program, and the elitist parents that pay full-price for their children to attend. But, in many parts of Duke, staff are ridiculously poorly managed, inefficient, and unproductive. The ethnicity in its human resources department makes up for lack of diversity in the rest of the staff, but it isn't diversity if HR and other specific departments are primarily one ethnicity and other departments are of others. And morale is terrible. It is a political, deadbeat environment where I could hear my mind and skills atrophying. Management and culture must change. Don't give 5 year tenures to those in C-level positions that don't manage because they aren't even in the building 95% of the time. Don't pay people for two or more jobs and give them empty offices, especially not at C-level positions or in senior management. Everyone expects higher-ed institutions, especially Ivy+ like Duke, to be filled with bright staff and working with bleeding edge best technologies. Make it happen, and stop depending on the rich kids, stocks, sports, and research to pay your inflated bills for inadequate work from staff and management. Stop duplicating work within the same department and foster working together rather than competing with each other. The only fun staff ever had is for a short amount of time where they left work early and drank the rest of the afternoon.

  11. This place is horrible in everything they do.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule and family life.

    Cons

    uneducated managers, confused direction, horrible business

    Advice to Management

    Fire management

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