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Duke University Reviews

Updated February 10, 2019
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  • "No work-life balance and hard to maintain a quality of life" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Parking is expensive and can be difficult to get in convenient lots" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible and accommodating, friendly professors

    Cons

    no cons that I faced yet


  2. "Acquisition Department - student assistant"

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    Current Employee - Chinese Materials Assistant
    Current Employee - Chinese Materials Assistant

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

    Pros

    - located in Smith Warehouse, wonderful workplace environment
    - all the staff are extremely friendly and always eager to help
    - embrace diversity
    - you will be the first one to know what books the library has bought for its collection (good for book lovers)
    - flexible schedule

    Cons

    As a student assistant, I don't have much information. But one thing I heard from my supervisor is that there are very few job vacancies because most staff members will basically stay at their position until retirement. This means if you work part-time or are on contract, the chance to become full-time employer is low.

  3. "Great BME program"

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    Former Employee - Student
    Former Employee - Student

    Pros

    Good name for job applications, had a lot of fun there

    Cons

    Difficult to understand graduation requirements and advisors aren't of any assistance. Career help is limited

    Advice to Management

    Continue to help alumni with careers after graduation... it will help to increase the influence of the alumni network and in turn I might actually feel inclined to donate when you call me.


  4. "Working at Duke's Private Diagnostic Clinic is really great!"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Durham, NC
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, good team communication, feeling highly valued and appreciated, somewhat flexible office hours, feels like there are lots of opportunities to grow, I really feel like management on many levels is striving towards excellence

    Cons

    Communal work spaces are great, but lighting is back in individual offices, building tends to be very cold

    Advice to Management

    So far, I only have great things to say!


  5. "Fail better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Psychic benefits of doing interesting and valuable work. Benefits package is good for the area, and includes the infamous"golden handcuffs," the child college tuition benefit.

    Cons

    Decentralized to the point of being disorganized. Accordingly always a risk that a unit head is a faculty member promoted without managerial aptitude or training.

    Advice to Management

    Take steps to treat staff better. Work to overcome the culture where there are only two employee categories: faculty and secretaries.


  6. "nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fun, nice place, good co workers

    Cons

    not much, really. durham can be a bit boring.


  7. "Eternally Insecure About Elite Status"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International diversity and great talent pool; some incredibly smart people and plenty of resources. Great facilities and extensive staffing.

    Cons

    More achievement-oriented than intellectually inclined. Progressive on the surface but at root a very conservative and right-leaning organization. Long timers refer to Duke as a "plantation" for a reason. Relies on competition and rewards backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage human resources.

  8. "Try getting another degree or two first"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits: Health, Dental, 403B, etc.

    Cons

    Low Wages, no valuable experiences


  9. "Good Place for PhD"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    A lot of resources for graduate students. The school is very supportive.

    Cons

    Durham might not be the safest place in the world.


  10. "Good place to work, limited growth"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits if you stay 3 years to vest. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity without PHD

    Advice to Management

    N/A