I worked at Duke Corporate Education full-time
Some fabulous colleagues, challenging and (sometimes, but not always) rewarding work, international travel, the cache associated with working at a company (that was) #1 in the world at what it does (Financial Times, BusinessWeek Bloomberg).
Lack of any processes re: performance management; lack of transparency in key staff decisions such as promotions or layoffs, These shortcomings are both probably related to the fact that "People" are no one's full-time job at Duke CE--despite the fact that people are Duke CE's "means of production.". The quality of senior leadership has deteriorated dramatically since the co-founders, Blair Sheppard and Judy Rosenblum, "left the building." Blair's successor had her heart in the right place and led the company through some of its most difficult times during the "great recession." Her successors, in contrast, are neither competent to lead nor have sufficient regard for Duke CE's people.
Advice to Management
Let Blair run an external search to find new leadership to take the helm. Duke CE has fallen from its perch at #1. Now is the time for a leader who can help Duke CE run itself like a business while doing a MUCH better job at putting its people--its greatest treasure--first.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Duke Corporate Education (Durham, NC) in August 2011.
Interview was very formal and a little tough. Competence-based questions with multiple interviewers throughout the day.
There was not a negotiation phase for this job.
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