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Updated January 29, 2018
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Duke Clinical Research Institute Director Eric D. Peterson
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Pros
  • 9 to 5 job with great work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • great benefits, great working environment (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • You must ride the bus or pay for parking (in 6 reviews)

  • They try to say that there is great work life balance, but that is not the case (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "It's all about the mission!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    I work with super intelligent, dedicated individuals who are all about the mission of the DCRI. I have been here for several years and see the work that is being done to make this an even better place to work. I get involved and being a part of the Employee Brigade has been great. We not only help patients, but the community around us. I am able to take advantage of the child tuition program and am saving thousands of dollars!

    Cons

    We have to wait a year for our new building. NP is old and ready for an update. While I would like to make more money, there is no way I would go back to a corporate life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused and communicating.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Sep 6, 2017

    We are delighted to hear about your positive experience at the DCRI. As you noted, in addition to developing and sharing our knowledge through our innovative research, our faculty who are practicing... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "DCRI"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Coordinator II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Trials Coordinator II in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, friendly co-workers, job security

    Cons

    low salaries (comparatively), slow career growth options

    Advice to Management

    advocate for higher compensation

  3. "New employee at DCRI"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatician
    Current Employee - Bioinformatician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Great training opportunities.

    Cons

    Must pay for parking if you want it. Lots and lots of cubicles.


  4. "Contract Senior CRA"

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    9 to 5 job with great work life balance.

    Cons

    No standard processes across the board. Each project has its own set of processes. Training is non-existent or lacking. Managers are terrible about communicating. If you ask too many questions, they assume you are not qualified and it will be a black mark against you. They say they are a collaborative environment but they ding you for asking questions.

    Advice to Management

    Assign mentors to new employees - a buddy system.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mission Driven Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission: To develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research.​​​

    Cons

    Some old school thinking - compensation is tied to years in job, not competency, talent and value

    Advice to Management

    Embrace young team members - they bring great innovation, skills and vitality and ensure the longevity and success of the organization


  6. "Happy camper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Mission focus, working on cutting-edge research, high national profile of respectability in the industry, working closely with PIs every day, best work/life balance of my career

    Cons

    Facilities are a bit run down and pay isn't top of the market

    Advice to Management

    Hire more woman and non-whites at the C-suite level

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Nov 2, 2017

    Thank you for your comment, "Happy Camper,!" The DCRI prides itself on building strong teams with employees who believe in our mission to improve the lives of patients around the world by working on... More


  7. "clinical trials project leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    PIs are easy to work with. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    lack of diversity in management

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Nov 2, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to add a comment about DCRI. We are pleased to read that you believe you have a good work life balance and we know how important that is within our culture... More

  8. "Professional Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The DCRI has a well-deserved excellent reputation. Everyone I worked with was incredibly capable . Accomplishment and achievement are celebrated by all levels of management.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take a long time to get deserving projects approved and budgeted.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. Helpful (7)

    "The execs don't care about the employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice perks overall w/being part of Duke. Great benefits, especially the PTO and reasonable health insurance plans. Good learning environment and opportunity to continue education.

    Cons

    Very toxic place to work at all levels and all departments. The execs put on a fake show but do not truly care about the happiness or success of individuals. They only care about their own advancement and money in their pocket. DCRI pretends to be this great research academic org but behind the scenes it is a very unorganized place. If you are not part of the click or in crowd you can forget ever moving up on the career ladder regardless of hard or well you work. HR doesn't listen either and are of no help when an employee has an issue with a bad manager-which tends to happen alot.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches and stop promoting horrible employees that are not qualified to manage people!!


  10. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Best reasons for working at DCRI
    Work life balance and opportunity to work remotely.
    Collaborative and friendly environment.
    DCRI encourages and provides opportunities for supporting the Durham community.

    Cons

    You must ride the bus or pay for parking.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Sep 22, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience. We always strive to find ways to create a healthy working environment that supports our employees including fostering a culture of work-life balance... More


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