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Duke University Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.9 273 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

(131 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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273 Employee Reviews
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    The good ol' boy system, just like most corporate companies.

    Data Manager (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsIt is family friendly. But it seems like there is someone taking off every other month for maternity or paternity leave. Generous sick leave, but some people take advantage just like in Corporate.

    ConsWorking in academia they always expect you to learn something quickly, use it, then present it. They always want you to present on everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you get someone who does a good job, you should promote them without them having to search online. You should just tell them there is an opening and we want you to apply.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    nice place but poorly managed

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsGood benefits, smart people, nice campus. Durham has a lot to offer for a relatively small city -- night life, restaurants, concerts, entertainment, good nearby parks and recreational opportunities. Duke is a stable employer.

    ConsAlmost no opportunity for advancement within a department. You have to move out in order to move up. Parking is inconvenient and expensive. Many managers have no managerial training whatsoever. Micromanagement is common. Application of policies and procedures can be inconsistent, with rules arbitrarily enforced on some people and not others. There is very little diversity at the higher levels -- it's almost entirely old, white men. Staff are treated with disdain by some members of the faculty and senior management. Raises are the same for everyone whether your performance is good, bad or mediocre. Raises do not keep pace with inflation. Female employees at all levels are treated like a servant class. Workload can increase dramatically while staffing remains flat. Office spaces are overloaded with too many employees in spaces that are too small. Employees' needs are disregarded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive all managers (including faculty who are managers) some basic management training. Hire more women and minorities in upper management. Provide more opportunities for advancement within departments. Listen to employees and make a sincere effort to address their concerns. Hire good people and give them the freedom to do their jobs without micromanaging them. Reward those who are loyal and work hard. Keep your commitments. Provide free parking for all employees. Provide adequate work space and tools for employees to do their jobs. If the workload increases substantially, hire more people rather than overworking current staff. Require upper level management and faculty to treat all employees with basic courtesy, decency and respect. Encourage managers to allow flexible work schedules and telecommuting options.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Duke is a great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsDuke has great people, good benefits, good professional growth opportunities, and a great work/life balance. Overall, it's a great place to work.

    ConsCompensation is the main thing that comes to mind, but I'm sure that it has a lot to do with it being a university, however, it would seem that there would be more wiggle room since it's a private university.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWould want management to consider rethinking compensation as it relates to many of the admin jobs that are throughout the university.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible stable position, good benefits,limited salary growth,pay below industry standards.

    IT Project Manager (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsVery flexible, some remote work allowed if appropriate for position. Company pays retirement contrib even if you don't. Very good job security if your department is an important one. Good training opportunities, very nice people to work with, family friendly.

    ConsBeen difficult to have salary growth keep up with inflation. Sensitive to market, had a wage freeze a few years back. Raise less than inflation percent, pay below industry average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce a year performance evaluation always seems to be done with "my glass is half empty" mindset. Recognize and reward highly talented employees, consider how much money they have saved you each year. Put more effort in employee growth/review than 30 minutes a year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been fun

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsOnline time-card, flexible work time

    ConsThe organization of TA jobs is not good enough. Somebody get paid by doing nothing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent job but only if you get in a good department starting out

    Administrative (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsMonday thru Friday schedule. No evenings or weekends.

    ConsDifficult to transfer between departments. If your department is over budget because of mismanagement you don't get a performance raise.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat health insurance, beautiful campus

    ConsLow production rate, high turnover rate

     

    Overall, pretty good

    Staff Assistant (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsDuke provides pretty good health benefits at a low cost, there are multiple different training courses and classes staff can take

    ConsThe pay was pretty low and raises were very minimal. Promotions do not exist at Duke. You can work there for 2 years and be great at your job but the only way to move to a higher position is to apply for it.

     

    Fine college job

    Lifeguard (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    Prosflexible hours, higher than average wage

    Consdisorganized management, unclear or sometimes unreasonable expectations

    Advice to Senior Managementwork to build respect and relationships both with your employees and between them

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    Duke has been an okay place to start a career. It's one of the most accredited hospitals in the country.

    Clinical Research Coordinator (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsThe hospital is very big, and making connections can be very easy. It's also a good place to work for a long time -- they have excellent retirement benefits

    ConsAs a private hospital, we don't see a lot of raises and/or bonuses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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