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Duke University Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance; particularly excellent vacation time (in 39 reviews)

  • The job came with great benefits (in 51 reviews)

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

  • There were long hours and it could be stressful at times due to the nature of the work (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Duke Graduate School"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Ph D Candidate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, university has great resources, programs are well-organized and work for their graduate students well. Healthcare is great.

    Cons

    Publication requirements for graduation vary greatly, as do lab philosophies about graduation. No dental insurance.


  2. "Security officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good and some of my co-workers are very professional.

    Cons

    The hours are not the greatest, 12 hour evening shift. Very difficult to make long term plans.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equal.


  3. "Working for DLAR"

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    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician III, RVT in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician III, RVT in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, interesting research studies, diverse animal species

    Cons

    Very political, management is severely lacking

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the well being of those you manage and less on doing anything necessary to promote yourself.


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  5. "Should be a leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Duke is very business driven

    Cons

    OK benefits for postdocs but could have been better because it's postdocs that are doing all the legwork of producing research results..


  6. "Traditional Hierarchical Management Structure, YMMV"

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    Current Employee - Bio Statistician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Bio Statistician in Durham, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better pay and benefits than UNC for same job. Some departments have comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    Can only speak for unit where I work, but if you need a flat organizational structure and can't/don't want to adapt to a more hierarchical structure, I'd suggest looking somewhere else. Quality of work environment really depends on specific manager, although I hear some units have dysfunctional top level management where not even a good mid-level manager can maintain a good work environment (and probably doesn't stick around).

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about diversity, actually make the organizational culture/management system flatter and more collaborative. Good management solicits and engages the input of all members of the team and leads by consensus building, not fiat. Also, in the research endeavor, reward replicable research not just the obtaining of grants and contracts.


  7. "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Graduate Student in Durham, NC
    Current Intern - Graduate Student in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very efficient. Highly motivating and helpful

    Cons

    Not the best possible pay scale or placements.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Getting paid to do the work I love"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting research, beautiful campus, healthcare benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Getting a PhD in computer science generally pays less than half as well as working in industry. You have to want to do research for it to be worthwhile. Work/life balance is pretty imbalanced, but that's normal for programming and research.


  9. "Great internship opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Intern - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Duke provides great internship opportunities, especially for graduate students.

    Cons

    My one slight bit of concern is that internships may be limited due to the school's location in a relatively small city.


  10. "Great PhD experience"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High stipend for the cost of living, student health is convenient and usually procedures are free, lots of resources available for research and travel

    Cons

    I've been really happy here so I don't really know.


  11. "Clinical nurse three over 20 years experience"

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

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

    Pros

    benefits are excellent, particularly health insurance

    Cons

    parking is expensive and a distance from the hospital


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