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Duke University Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
325 Reviews
4.1
325 Reviews
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
Dick Brodhead
150 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    The promotion of individuals solely on the basis of the fact that they possess a PhD is a form of inbreeding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst III in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst III in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    *Educational Benefit, both for employees and children of employees is great, but you sacrifice annual bonuses for this benefit
    *Retirement Plan is one of the better benefits
    *Health Insurance Benefit Package is good

    Cons

    **Lack of advancement opportunities
    **Low salary levels compared to comparable corporate entities
    **No annual bonus
    **Having to pay for the right to park your car

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on capability--not on the number of initials following your name;
    Stop making employees pay to park;
    Make salary levels comparable to private industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    slow to make decisions

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician Extender in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Physician Extender in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    benefits
    reputation
    retirement package
    decent time off

    Cons

    incompetent management, unfair treatment of employees by upper management. slow to raise salaries. Million dollar bonuses for upper administrators is appalling,even in a good economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees have a life outside of work, respect that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, low-pressure, on the way to paying for your kids' college and retirement; hell if you're ambitious and talented

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst, Senior in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - IT Analyst, Senior in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    benefits, benefits, benefits (very good health and awesome retirement contribution)
    low-stress since it's not run like a business
    Durham, NC and Triangle are great places to live

    Cons

    Since it's not run like a business, talented people are not rewarded; lazy, aging employees will get the same rewards as everyone else
    Low salaries. Ridiculously low salaries.
    Not the most high-caliber employees. The prestige of Duke pertains to their academics, research, and health system. Most staff would fail miserably at a top-notch RTP company.
    Little hope for career challenge or advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff. You don't crack the Top 5 of national lists partially because you have slack, unmotivated, mediocre employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Clinical researcher

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

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Generally a laid back environment where ideas are shared freely. Very intelligent people, but so much red tape, not much gets done.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally lower than industry standards. Lots of disjointed offices who are suppose to work together, but have very poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create positions to look at the inefficiencies and poor communication between separate offices. Discuss new SOPs with the people who actually have to use them before implementing them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits.

    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. There are some very remarkable people working at Duke.

    Cons

    Salary compensation. There is no flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  7.  

    Great boss

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great boss, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    awful pay, very hard to make vertical moves with material increase in pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Generally a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to further your education through employee degree programs and the benefits are very good.The campus is a wonderful environment and the culture is generally supportive of professional development. Additionally, there are very talented students and staff. Definitely a plus when collaboration is needed for project or other types of work.

    Cons

    Work-life was at times challenging, and can be frustrating considering the compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (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

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