Emory University Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
270 Reviews
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270 Reviews
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Emory University President Jim Wagner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not a cutthroat culture and generally there is a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • The work environment is quite pleasant (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • There was not enough room for growth within the University and the opportunities that arise go rather quickly (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    I would stay for another 12 years if the opportunity presents itself.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexiblity was a plus. We were allowed to work from home once per week (sometimes more if special projects required the attention.). The benefits package is amazing compared to other employers. There are many opportunities for professional and personal development.

    Cons

    Traffic into the Emory area is awaful. Recent Business Process Improvement (BPI) initiatives are consolidating positions; therefore, job security has become questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very disconnected and needs to be trained in performance management and employee motivation techniques.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Collaborative environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Emory University is an excellent academic institution to work for. What I value and appreciate most about this school are the following qualities.
    Resource rich
    Challenging
    diverse
    rigorous

    Cons

    Leadership does not always consult with students or department heads when making drastic changes. For example, in the fall of 2012 the university cut 5 graduate programs (giving the students 5 years to graduate or transfer to a different department) with no warning or explanation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more transparent about the decisions that they make that will profoundly effect students. Improve the communication between students and the administration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stable Working Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, generally friendly people, stable working environment

    Cons

    parking is difficult, not many career opportunities (especially in an office setting), office environment can be gossipy at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Come for a job, stay for a career.

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    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great health benefits
    Stable employment that has long history
    Well known and large in size

    Cons

    Due to its large size and many bureaucracies, it takes a long-long-long time to get a move on in anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small research groups and approachable faculty.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in research areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Health Care on the Rise

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    Current Employee - Pct/Unit Clerk  in  Tucker, GA
    Current Employee - Pct/Unit Clerk in Tucker, GA

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

    Pros

    Patient Care ...my job is all about the patients

    Cons

    i Love my job, i enjoy meeting different people ,my co-workers and i are team players,and that's why we get the job done,and satisfying the patients is our mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    easy, good hours that are flexible with studying schedule and test dates, friendly people and the pay is not too bad for an on-campus job

    Cons

    sometimes meet difficult patrons when you are working, but nothing too difficult that is really demanding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding employer - best practices, professionalism

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    This employer prioritizes promotion from within and provides a competitive benefits package, including those for professional development. I was very proud to work there - Emory Healthcare and the graduate academic programs are nationally ranked in the top ten for the nation.

    Cons

    the business/academic units are silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization needs to build in career pathing and more succession management for staff, especially for those below the director level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good benefits, non-profit (low) pay, unambitious culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Health, dental, 401K match, and other benefits are excellent.
    Colleagues are generally congenial and willing to help you out
    Opportunities for cross-training within departments
    Management supportive of and understanding of desire to move on once you've mastered your current position
    Very relaxed, casual working environment
    Very hard to get a job at Emory, but once you're there, you're set
    Work-life program gives opportunity to propose a schedule that works best for your life

    Cons

    Parking is paid by employee to the tune of $650 per year
    Very limited time off and sick accrual for new employees. Worked at Emory for months before I'd accrued enough for a long weekend
    A lot of "lifers" who aren't passionate about their work or are driven to excellence
    Emory is huge, and your work life can vary considerably from School to Unit
    Terrible employee annual review process. Overly long with very little chance for a raise that makes a difference
    While you technically everybody is elligible for a raise every six months, nobody gets one. Raises happen once per year.
    No holiday bonus.
    Everyone seems to start on the low end of a salary grade (the minimum). Haven't heard of anyone being offered at the "midpoint" grade, even with years of experience.
    Very high competition for administrative assistant and program coordinator positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of people who are just hanging out in their current position but don't move the department forward.
    Be consistent and remember that you are an example. If you want certain things from your employees, make sure they see you doing them, too.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A decent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Programs  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Programs in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Emory University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you really enjoy your job this is a good place to work. The benefits are great, the learning environment is great. It is located in a nice area. And there are plenty of opportunities to advance throughout the university.

    Cons

    Even though it is a private university there is still a lot of bureaucracy, which stifles the working environment. This is allows for more political decisions rather than decisions that are made in the best interest of the mission and goals of the department and/or university. Also, It seems teleworking and other work-life benefits are only allowed for a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on productivity than on just being busy. Does sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day 5 days a week increase productivity? Or would allowing for more of a work-life balance increase productivity?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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