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Duke University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance; particularly excellent vacation time (in 40 reviews)

  • company provides great benefits to all employees, not just faculty (in 58 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. "A great organization to have a career with"

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

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

    Pros

    Diversity of work, different career opportunities

    Cons

    some on-call work, weekends, evenings


  2. "Postdoctoral associate at duke university"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Facilities, Climat, funding opportunities, prestigious

    Cons

    Not really some, everything is good

  3. "Duke is a great employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Great campus, world-class faculty, great benefits

    Cons

    Large campus, have to walk a fair distance to get to work, but the campus is gorgeous


  4. "Good University to work for"

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Good campus. Lots of courses to choose from for PhD students.

    Cons

    Stipend is really poultry. Maybe this is common for PhD students in every university, but the rising rent and retail prices is not accompanied by corresponding rise in stipends.


  5. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Good health care plan, relax environment, great collaboration with scholars in the research triangle area

    Cons

    Somehow the safety around Durham is not good


  6. "Salaries are below National Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are decent compared to many companies and the 401 matching is a plus . I think the health insurance should be better especially working for one of the top medical facilities in the US.

    Cons

    Depending on which department you work for raises can be as little as .40

    Advice to Management

    The employees should be given the opportunity to evaluate management.


  7. "research analyst"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Research Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Laboratory Research 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

    Good benefits, job satisfaction, many opportunities for employment

    Cons

    overwork, not enough pay, diversity of thought not encouraged

    Advice to Management

    listen to people that are your ground troops, they know best what it takes to accomplish the tasks at hand

  8. "Postdoc"

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

    I worked at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Duke has a lot of talented professors and thus a lot of opportunities to learn. There are a lot of intelligent people to collaborate with and generate ideas with.

    Cons

    Duke could make greater efforts to onboard new employees. Often new employees don't have parking spaces, don't know where their desk is or have immigration issues. The school is hands off about a lot of this. The biggest drawback of this is it ultimately interferes with productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure new hires have all the resources they need to do their job, including logistical resources such as parking, health insurance, desk, visa, research funds etc.


  9. "Work Study Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, gain lab experience

    Cons

    Work study does not pay well


  10. "Good for Academics"

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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 University full-time

    Pros

    If you are academic-minded, then Duke is among the best. You will have ample exposure to academics from elsewhere, and receive the best training in the US to conduct cutting-edge research.

    Cons

    If you are looking for career development outside academia, then Duke might not be the best place to start with. Try look for a job in the private sector where you can always learn more and rise faster.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to the staff, so that people have incentive to stay on. It is also to the best interest of Duke to provide more training to their staff.


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