Duke University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
294 Reviews
4.1
294 Reviews
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and a ton of flexibility in terms of scheduling (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 8 reviews)

  • long hours, office space, management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    A nice place overall

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    Former Employee - Visiting Teaching Fellow  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Visiting Teaching Fellow in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay; relatively diverse environment; location is culturally rich with plenty opportunities for both single and family enjoyment; real estate values are OK but schools have a lot to improve

    Cons

    Not very family oriented, depending on position; mobility and growth opportunity could be better;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is room to improve in terms of work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job security but that's because the department is understaffed and overworked.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    It's practically impossible to get fired once you're hired. And if you're in any real trouble, you could probably find another department to take you. You'll work with people and wonder how it's possible that someone that incompetent could somehow stay in the same position for decades.

    Benefits. Contributions to retired. The much vaunted tuition reimbursement benefit.

    Cons

    You work with some of the craziest and most diva personalities ever. Lots of lip service to being part of the "Duke family," but really, you're just trapped with a bunch of step-siblings that may like you one minute and despise you the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Richard Brodhead, I know it's fun to appear on TV shows like "Colbert Report," but there are those of us working like crazy here at Duke, and we don't get your acknowledgement. Can you bring back the annual holiday ornament for the employees? My collection stopped several years ago, and I feel incomplete.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Duke Athletics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Training, time-off policies, work life balance. Everything in the Athletic Department has been exactly what I thought it would be.

    Cons

    With most employees having a lot of experience at Duke Athletics, it is hard to move up because these employees have no intention of leaving, and the department is not expanding.

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  5.  

    Great management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Great management, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Can require some long hours

  6.  

    A great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Director  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Stellar academics. Good work-life balance. Wonderful people.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to advance within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer with excellent benefits and commitment to employee development.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Duke has an excellent health insurance for its employees. Benefits inclusive of time off and tuition benefits for kids are also very good. Duke pays attention to work-life balance.

    Cons

    Childcare for pre-school children was difficult this was combined with the problems of the surrounding area (Durham). Duke has been working on improving this through community engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Duke is a good place to work. Continue investments in surrounding community to continue improving quality of life of employees living in Durham.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive environment

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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 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    freedom with daily schedule and activities, many resources and sharing between departments

    Cons

    interdisciplinary research may result in lack of department support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent for undergrad, good for grad

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people. Financial stability. Great basketball team.

    Cons

    Small university; only few areas of research and classes offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bar for passing phd defense should be the same for all students, irrespective of the advisor.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - excellent classes, connections, and flexibility
    - great opportunities and support, including career fairs, stipends for travel, and supplementary fellowships

    Cons

    - parking
    - many of the professors are big names, so it's hard, especially in big labs, to get time with your professor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, low pay

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    Current Employee - Attorney  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Attorney in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, family friendly, flexible hours, telecommuting possible, decent work culture, nice place to live, tuition reimbursement available, childcare onsite, supportive co-workers, decent vacation, paid maternity leave

    Cons

    Low salary, little job growth, can be slow to implement new ideas, can be resistant to change, heavy meeting culture, HR policies make it difficult to get ahead due to tight restrictions on pay scales and raises when you do finally earn a promotion

    Recommends
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