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Duke University Raleigh Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance; particularly excellent vacation time (in 41 reviews)

  • great place to work and great benefits (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is pretty imbalanced, but that's normal for programming and research (in 12 reviews)

  • low morale, not much room for growth (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Outstanding Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duke University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supervisors are very supportive and understanding. Exceptional place for intellectual stimulation and professional development

    Cons

    None, there is ample opportunity for personal growth


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Perks, Location, Management, Environment

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive as other industries.

  3. "Appointment hub"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers , benefits, pto, don’t have to pay for parking

    Cons

    Pay is not good at all


  4. "Graduate Research Assistant (BME)"

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    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Ph D Student in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ph.D. student stipend goes a long way in Durham. Research environment is very collaborative and laid back.

    Cons

    BME program keeps adding more degree requirements


  5. "Vaccine Institute"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    **In the academic sector, not the medical**
    -Work with great PIs that listen and are genuinely interested in helping you do what you would like to do
    -Great work environment, people are very open-minded and open to dialogue about various subjects. Aside from great PIs and managers, this is one of the reasons I've stayed so long
    -Opportunity to work on plenty of projects
    -Opportunity to go to conferences to see what other people are working on
    -Flexible time

    Cons

    -Academia pay is low
    -Not many opportunities to move up vertically
    -Parking is expensive and continues to get expensive every single year despite the fact that Duke says they won't increase (premium lots are incredibly expensive)


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life, better opportunities

    Cons

    Pay can be better, Overall good place to work


  7. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Responsive shift scheduling software. Contact info database for all fellow employees made it easy to contact people for shift swaps. Half of every shift is time for you to do homework or other low-key desk work while you're not in the lifeguard stand.

    Duke provides for your re certification every year or so to keep you up to the current red cross life guard training qualifications. This saves you a lot of money for recert classes and testing.

    Cons

    Some coworkers can be annoying. This isn't really specific to this position, since you can have difficult coworkers in every job, but some of the Duke University faculty can be really entitled and rude when they come to use the facilities.

    There also are a lot of pointless liability rules to enforce. The number of waivers you have to ask people to sign is a little outrageous. Though the lifeguards were not in charge of the decision to introduce this new paperwork, we have to enforce it and ask people to fill it out, and we are consequently on the receiving end of any ire over this annoyance.

    Advice to Management

    Chill out with the liability forms. Duke hires lifeguards to keep people from drowning. There is no need to swim test every child every time they come to swim. The parents will swim with their children to supervise them and the lifeguards are more than capable of alerting management or the parents of small children if any small children who cannot swim well are unsupervised. This is overkill and isn't saving anyone a lawsuit; it's just a pain in the butt.

  8. "Okay benefits, okay facility"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good health insurance, beautiful campus (and area), very nice dining hall

    Cons

    Outdated research facilities for natural sciences and engineering, very slow process for setting up your online Duke account as new employee, expensive employee parking rates / In general the benefits are not as good as they claim


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Intern - Duke Arts in Durham, NC
    Former Intern - Duke Arts in Durham, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Duke University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Inclusive atmosphere, meaningful work, good coworkers

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times, very image/brand conscious


  10. "Review of Duke University"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good to have the backing of a university with the prestige of Duke. Students are amazing to work with--smart, obviously, but creative and humble. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Siloed in a major way. Think the prestige offers more than it does, and you end up feeling a little like you're somehow missing how "great" it is to work at Duke.


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