Duke University Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional, Administrative in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Professional, Administrative in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Duke offers terrific job security, intelligent colleagues, wonderful learning opportunities, and a beautiful location. Employees also have access to good healthcare, great retirement benefits, and good tuition benefits.

    Cons

    Rigid, hierarchical, and old-fashioned structure that is not open to advancement. Tenured faculty feel less valued than physicians; housekeeping is at the very bottom of the chain. Nonetheless, there are departments where this standard is challenged and all are valued according to their contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take staff development seriously. For many, Duke is well regarded because it is exceedingly rare that anyone is fired for sloth or incompetence. For others, job security is insufficient for a satisfactory level of workplace satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. There are also people from nearby universities working with us. Great benefits.

    Cons

    My salary was bit low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. An interdisciplinary environment, lots of opportunities.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly, all sorts of activities.

    Cons

    Things are not moving fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Learned a lot from the people I served

    Cons

    Management left a lot to be desired; very passive-aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for your management staff would be very helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Graduate Instructor

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Great university, many smart people

    Cons

    Administrative bloat and road blocks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let departments focus on what they do best--educate.

  7. research assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    it was great work life balance, smart people, nice people, a lot of resources, nice campus, great benefits, and a great reputation nationwide

    Cons

    the pay is awful granted that cost of living is low, raises are always non existent, political stuff can also happen, who you know can matter. If you are young it can be hard to get to know people or a lot of people are married from young age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

  8. 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

  9. Great boss

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    • 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
  10. Generally a good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  11. 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.

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