Duke University Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Difficult

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Recognizable name brand in the industry

    Cons

    Unstructured training/orientation, management, and oversight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accountability for training and oversight

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. At first it was cool, but now not so much.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    1. Child Tuition Assistance (for those who work in the University, not the Medical Center).
    2. Excellent retirement plan.
    3. Stability - Duke isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

    Cons

    1. Salaries are lower than market.
    2. Outside of the Child Tuition Assistance and retirement match, the benefits are the same as any other company.
    3. Moving from University to Medical will eliminate Child Tuition Assistance.
    4. Horrible managers are allowed to wreck havoc and get rid of competent, hard workers.
    5. It's hard to move around once you reach a certain level. Many employees are as high as they can go, but lack the experience to move to another department. There is no training that will bridge the gap.
    6. Minorities occupy the low-level jobs, but aren't seen in very many management positions.
    7. There is no succession plan for employees.
    8. Out of touch with the current workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Do a real salary study and bring everyone up to market. That will enable you to get and retain quality employees.
    2. Clean house with the managers. They aren't doing the work, the people they're berating and getting rid of are. It only makes sense to get rid of the problem managers who have high turnover.
    3. Allow people who move from University to Medical to retain the Child Tuition Assistance. Since they won't get a huge pay increase, and will actually be low-balled, they really need that benefit to follow them.
    4. Create bridge training, so people can move from department to department seamlessly.
    4. Get more minorities in management positions. Why is this even an issue in 2012?
    5. Create a succession plan, so people will know how far they can go in their department.
    6. Actually listen to the reasons people turn down positions. If salary reasons are prevalent, then your salaries are too low. Fix them!

    Your name isn't enough to carry you. People aren't loyal to just one company anymore, so the days of someone staying at below-market wages for 20 or 30 years are gone. You need to adapt, or you'll be left with a lot of gaping holes as the older workforce retires and the younger workforce moves on. Every time someone leaves, you lose valuable knowledge that can't be transferred to the replacement. No one ever uses every benefit available, so playing them up isn't enough to retain people. Cost of living increases mean people need to get pay increases. No one will stay with Duke if it means they can't pay their bills.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. The promotion of individuals solely on the basis of the fact that they possess a PhD is a form of inbreeding.

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    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
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  5. slow to make decisions

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    • 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
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    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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    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
  7. Clinical researcher

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    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
  8. Lifeguard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and the ability to drop shifts as needed

    Cons

    Management is confusing at times, and the direction of the department seems up in the air on day to day things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. senior scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    it can be a great experience if you choose a good group and young white male

    Cons

    politics and discrimination to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Duke OIT is a good place to retire.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    The work/life balance is good if you keep your head down is great. People come in around 9:00 AM and the place is a ghost town by 5:00 PM.

    Cons

    There is a view that you should be happy that Duke has allowed you to be part of the organization. so salaries and perks are minimal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Staff Specialist

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    Former Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Nice atmosphere

    Cons

    Horrrible commute from Raleigh. Job was super BORING

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Misrepresentation of position doesn't help retain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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