Duke University Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
295 Reviews
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295 Reviews
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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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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  1.  

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

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Duke University; postdoctoral associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Access to modern equipment resources.

    Cons

    Postdoc status is not well paid, benefits are weak. Academic funding in general is bleak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdocs are technically employees, so they should receive better pay and benefits, like retirement account contributions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Working at Duke is very boring.

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1.Free time
    2. Nice Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    1. Mundane work
    2. 9am-2am job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    What's in a name?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Great opportunity for getting your foot in the door & they always have TONS of openings

    Cons

    Salaries leave something to be desired and they tend to hire over-qualified people for low pay positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer fair market (or at least mid-range) salaries, especially for employees with more education/experience actually necessary for a job.

  6.  

    Dwindling benefits and raises

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Duke still is one of the best places to work in the Triangle. There are plenty of options for healthcare, retirement investments, and other benefits.

    Cons

    Five years ago, the benefits were much better. I understand a recession, but Duke's billion dollar endowment was barely touched compared to the likes of Harvard and they are investing millions in infrastructure and they won't give cost of living raises to those who deserve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to help your employees advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding benefits with lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources available. Don't have to work too hard if you don't want to. Benefits are absolutely fantastic, particularly the retirement plans and if you have kids, the educational benefit.

    Cons

    If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by. There's definitely an academic old boy's network in place. Depending on the department, some interesting work is happening, but mostly it's not too challenging for the typical administrative staff member.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good school at a nice town

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    High quality research, nice town. Affordable life at NC.

    Cons

    Duke eliminated retirement benefits for postdoc.

  9.  

    RA work can be a lot depending on the professors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Willing to entrust you to do the important part of their research, therefore can learn a lot at the beginning.

    Cons

    There can also be a lot of tedious work. Professors sometimes put their research as the priority while seems to ignore students' own research progress ...even for senior students.

    There are really not that many social events organized for graduate students. Hard to know people outside of your own department.

  10.  

    Good place to do research

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

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I was working with a world class scientist as my adviser in Duke. Good salary and reasonable benefit. Staffs in the university are helpful. You can find good daycare for baby.

    Cons

    Parking is limited and quite far away from buildings. The whole university emphasis bio related research too much that other departments get not enough support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to support other subjects other than bio more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Organization, Bad Managers

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Assistant IV  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Assistant IV in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent as far as education.

    Cons

    No particular cons with the organization, just a lot of unrealistic managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training to management in leading with emotional stability.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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