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Being at Duke is great, being a PhD student sucks

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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 (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Duke actually has good benefits for grad students - insurance, gauranteed maternity/paternity leave and vacation (unusual for PhD students).

Cons

long hours, no direction, little career development, no feedback

Advice to Management

Give PhD students more career guidance, more feedback, make time-to-PhD smaller

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  1. 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.


  2. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Try to support other subjects other than bio more.


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