Duke University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Peer Tutor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor

    I worked at Duke University

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay relatively well for a first job, flexible hours. Many students are there to learn, and many you can actually help

    Cons

    Students at Duke can vary a lot- many very intelligent, some dumb as rocks. Some can be very entitled, dont work hard, etc.


  2. Program Coordinator

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and perks. Secure job.

    Cons

    Pay is very, very low. Once you're locked into your pay grade, good luck trying to go up. Promotions are not always fair.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to retain good talent.


  3. Just a glimpse

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

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

    Pros

    Really good benefits and retention programs. High quality clinicians and researchers readily collaborate together. Excellent programs for professional development and mentorship

    Cons

    Most researchers operate as islands within the institute and are more comfortable collaborating with fellow researchers off-site. Environment established encourage the creation of research cores that are poorly funded and maintained. Most cores are centered around a department and are set-up to suit the needs of that department and therefore very poor for those not within said department. Additionally you have several semi-cores doing the same mediocre job for the research community at large. Lastly, politics have overshadowed most of the great things Duke aim to accomplish as a institution.. poor leaders select equally poor candidates to positions that have major impacts on the clinical and research community at Duke.

    Advice to Management

    Read the mission statement of Duke University prior to taking a job at Duke. This is not just a place to pad your professional career. If the way you conduct your business is totally different then that of the mission of Duke then please...don't take the job and if you are already here ...do us all a favor and resign. Duke is not a bank on wall street and shouldn't be run as one.


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  5. Stores Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, environment, location, access to food and needs

    Cons

    Management, management, management, upper management

    Advice to Management

    Support the strong professional employees, not the employees with family ties


  6. PHD life is good at Duke

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small community, good working environment, basketball

    Cons

    boring city, hard for parking


  7. Great starter job for someone interested in retail.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Cashier Associate in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great place to work at. The co-workers, management, and clientele are for the most part, amazing people. It truly is a pleasant community as long as you are well-behaved and aware of others' needs. The store itself is beautifully laid out and although mainly selling high-end products, there are promotional offers and sales on a frequent basis. Duke Campus is gorgeous and adjacent facilities are worth visiting.

    Cons

    Temporary workers hired through staffing agencies are short-changed from the benefits that Duke employees enjoy, despite doing the same type and amount of work, sometimes more. It is very disheartening for a committed "temporary" worker to be paid significantly less than her co-workers despite sharing the same responsibilities. The constant change in shifts brings conflicts to employee's stability. The hours and days change on a bi-weekly basis. Lunch and break hours also seem to change also on a daily basis, which makes for unhealthy eating and resting habits. Lastly, although very understandable, the activities that take place in this store are subject to the many activities that take place in the university, particularly when it regards Alumni and Athletes. This complicates further trying to plan ahead your personal life. Parking in this university is a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees incentives to strive and become more ambitious. This store has cashiers who have been working there for decades. Their inertia leaves very little room for professional growth. Use e-mail to communicate with employees as an additional channel of communication to word-of-mouth. Ensure that new employees receive a proper orientation on how to operate around campus, where to park, and a 90-day preview of activities to come for proper professional and personal planning.


  8. Hard work doesnt always pay-off

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits, beautiful campus, friendly coworkers, reputable, research seems to be easily fundable due to reputation of the university

    Cons

    horrible parking available, limited room for advancement, unfair distribution of work among coworkers, unaccomplishable standards set for employees, high turn over

    Advice to Management

    Understand your workers worth before they leave. Remember to score accomplishments fairly among all coworkers (hard work should be acknowledged and if a coworker stands out from the rest, compensate them accordingly


  9. Great people, great place

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

    I have been working at Duke University part-time

    Pros

    Everyone working here is enthusiastic to do so, and communication and collaboration across the university are highlights. There is a strong sense of looking after each other.

    Cons

    Depending on who you work for, expectations and hours can be very fluid and unpredictable - but this also largely comes with part-time work.


  10. Disillusioned by higher ed.

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

    I worked at Duke University full-time

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

    Pros

    The students who are deserving of help are wonderful. I enjoyed most of my co-workers, and it was nice to work with students coming in and out of the office. Lots of variety in responsibilities.

    Cons

    Many students have issues with entitlement. I never felt respected by co-workers who were directly above me. I had multiple managers, and each manager had multiple subordinates who had a lot of managers--it was a tangled mess, and supervisors never knew how much was on your plate at a given time. It was obvious once you were in the system that non-profit education isn't free of corruption and unfairness.


  11. Postdoctoral Associate in Biomedical Engineering (Photonics)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - highly collaborative environment, people are friendly - good weather - intelligent professors & coworkers - lots of resources (shared instrumentation facilities) - pretty campus for work breaks - inexpensive gym access (nice gym) - good healthcare

    Cons

    - parking sucks - parking *really* sucks - campus food is OK, not great. Durham has much better offerings. - HR & departmental administrative staff could run a little more efficiently, but very nice people. It just takes a while to get things done. - Did I mention the parking yet?



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