Duke University Health System

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

I have been working at Duke University Health System

Pros

No doubt that Duke maintains a preeminent status among academic medical centers, and for a medical school that only started in the 1930's (compared to Harvard, Penn, or Hopkins) in a sleepy Southern town, it has overachieved. Department Chairman such as Eugene Stead in Medicine and David Sabiston in Surgery made Duke a clinical powerhouse; and Duke definitely rides on the foundation and reputation established by such figures.

Cons

Still, it would be hard to call Duke a "well-rounded" institution; in the biomedical sciences there aren't any Nobel Laureates, as such its Basic Sciences, while superior to most universities, is still a step behind the Harvard's of the world. It's hard to know if this is a trend across most research institutions, but Departmental Chairman seem to have a diminishing status at Duke.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't forsake the academic enterprise for economic concerns. Don't be afraid of strong and visionary leaders at the Departmental level. Duke doesn't need "Yes men", it needs entrepeneurial and creative mid-level leaders.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok, but not OK, too.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Duke University Health System

    Pros

    At a time when not everyone in the country has adequate health benefits, you can rest assured that you will get a fully comprehensive medical plan for your family. In network doctor visits range from $15 to $35 co-payments. You also receive comprehensive dental and vision care benefits. Duke Health is also a very stable place to be, as there will always be a need for health care. Generally speaking, once hired you are guaranteed to remain employed for the remainder of your career barring nothing incredibly horrific is done. So longevity and security is a plus as well. For those not in management there is typically no need to work beyond the 40 hour workweek unless you are in a particularly unique field. (Once again, that's only for those NOT in senior management.) Tuition assistance for children going to college is a very good perk too, account at times for discounts of up to $8, 000 in tuition costs per semester.

    Cons

    Duke often says that although they cannot provide competitive salaries for jobs they provide numerous perks and benefits which make life better. The perks are often: educational benefits, less pressure to work "over and beyond" the call of duty, weekends off, and health benefits. Although I definitely agree with health benefits I can't easily agree to the others. Educational benefits are only for University employees -not health system employees (unless you were grandfathered in nearly 10 years ago); senior management does not have the flexibility of "not" being available - the more you are compensated the higher the expectation for availability, and weekends / nights there is an unrealized thought that you still check mail and messages.

    It is troubling at times to see the amount of money taken to restore hallways or for receptions yet there there is much disapproval when trying to ask for a 3% additional raise (maybe $2K) for an exceptional employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and compensate the good people; do something about the people who are destroying the environment.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reputation doesn't match work experience for many employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University Health System

    Pros

    The reputation of Duke carries alot of weight with outsiders, including vendors and/or possible collaborators. Benefits are better than most, including accrued time off, but this is offset by the generally lower-than-industry base pay and limited, if any, merit bonus opportunities. If you're looking for a place to punch in and then punch out after 8 hours, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Power still resides with doctors. Hierarchy is very evident with top-down decision-making/communication. Little continuing education/development unless required for re-certification. Alot of "good old boy" networking. Low pay with single digit yearly salary increases. Little differentation between raise percentages based on performance; ie., exceeds performance raise percentage may be less than a 1% different than "meets" performance. Depending on when you are hired, you may not be eligible for a raise for over a year. When negotiating your compensation package, many of the benefits are non-negotiable; ie., time off is set based on years of service and cannot be modified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be innovative beyond medical research. Implement leadership, communication, etc., best practices utilized by industry. Get more diversity at the highest levels.

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