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Duke University Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
342 Reviews
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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.  

    Good reputation, bad institutional climate

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    The academic reputation of the institution is excellent. The research support services are above average. The campus is physically a nice place to work.

    Cons

    The culture is very arrogant and uncollegial. Anyone not on the tenure track is given little support and treated badly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Duke isn't quite good enough to retain faculty without going to some effort to make them feel supported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    When 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    nice place but poorly managed

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Almost 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Duke is a great place to work!

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Been 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 ManagementAdvice

    Once 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It has been fun

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

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Online time-card, flexible work time

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Administrative in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Monday thru Friday schedule. No evenings or weekends.

    Cons

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

  9.  

    Bioinformatics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Great health insurance, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low production rate, high turnover rate

  10.  

    Overall, pretty good

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

  11.  

    Fine college job

    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible hours, higher than average wage

    Cons

    disorganized management, unclear or sometimes unreasonable expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to build respect and relationships both with your employees and between them

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