Duke University Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
312 Reviews
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312 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.  

    Duke University Graduate School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great environment, good professors to learn from. Usually, the teaching or work load is not high. You got time to relax yourself.

    Cons

    Kind of isolated from other universities. Not easy to find great collaborators in the same department. Don't support sixth year graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold more big conferences.

  2.  

    Eh

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student, Political Science in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Student, Political Science in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    This place has an intensive methodological training and strong academic reputation. You will likely have a good shot at a Poli sci job coming from the Duke University department of political science. I think I have said enough.

    Cons

    The focus tends to be very narrow in terms of research focus, emphasizing primarily methods and stats and formal models. There is a strong sense of dissonance between faculty and graduate students, and within the faculty themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good research and work experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to reach out to a professor and ask whether he/she needs a research assistant - most professors are currently conducting research. Great opportunity to work with experienced, well-respected professors. Good first job to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Whether the work is interesting depends on the needs of the professor - at times, work may be data entry. Salary depends on whether the professor has grant money for research.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very positive and encouraging.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tutor in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Tutor in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Name brand recognition on your resume.

    Cons

    The students are really pretentious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the penn pavillion. Yuk!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Extremely fun time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    You learn an incredible amount of information.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job was boring.

  7.  

    Great benefit for grad students, inexpensive area

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Durham is cheap, allowing you to live comfortably with you grad stipend. Professors are generally helpful

    Cons

    The area may be unsafe. Thus, a car is pretty much a necessity since people tend to live far away from the campus. But if you mostly spend time at school then it's not such a big problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good

    Former Employee - Faculty Support in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Faculty Support in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Easy job, copied lots of papers

    Cons

    Boring and not really intellectual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nada

  9.  

    Generally good experience.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Department Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Benefits. The people. Flexibility. work-life balance, opportunities for in-house training

    Cons

    Upper management politics
    low salary
    layoffs
    opportunities for advancement are not good for supervisors and managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the livelihood of others when making drastic decisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent research opportunities and support for graduate students.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours in the lab

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Enjoy my colleagues and office environment. Manageable work / life balance.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say about Duke - enjoyed my time here very much.

    Recommends

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