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Duke University Reviews

Updated September 28, 2016
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  • Great benefits and work-life balance; particularly excellent vacation time (in 39 reviews)

  • The job came with great benefits (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "Duke"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus, smart people, dynamic

    Cons

    parking, politics, heavy administration, no long term vision


  2. "Financial Anaylst"

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Durham, NC

    I worked at Duke University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers were very friendly

    Cons

    Management was difficult to work with.


  3. "Discriminatory Hiring Practices"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some very bright, curious students

    Cons

    I was asked if I had a family in the interview and if that would be a "problem." Openly sexist comments among the faculty in my department. One professor bragged he had a girl who was a model in his class; one commented that girls cannot concentrate. Total boys' club atmosphere. Hiring is not based on job performance but on cronyism. Rumors of misconduct go unaddressed.

    Advice to Management

    Do more than pay lip service to diversity. The entire school culture needs an overhaul, as repeated instances of racism, sexual assault, and hazing demonstrate.


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  5. "Sales and concessions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Concessions in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Sales and Concessions in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, hours, and employees. Very busy and up tempo

    Cons

    No permanent opportunities and management are confused about what they need to do


  6. "Managed by Narcissist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Vacations benefits for staff.

    Cons

    Managed by Narcissists surrounding themselves with people-pleasers because they love to have their ego constantly stroked and affirmed and they only want to hear positive things about themselves. Lies are put on reviews and employees are forced to sign or be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Resign from your position because you're despised by everyone around you!


  7. "No room for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and very steady work cycle... if this is what you're looking for. If you are hired at management level or above, you may have more flexibility, but anything below that places you in the middle or bottom of a huge, bureaucratic system that discourages any kind of change.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons in this position and specifically regarding the culture at Duke, generally. Encouraged to sit at your desk from 9-5 even if you only have a few hours of work. Wastes human resources and discourages anyone with talent from becoming better or pursuing more responsibility. Please keep in mind I'm speaking specifically about my experience as a staff person at one of Duke's professional schools. Mid-level management is a huge road block and ethically speaking, treats direct reports with disrespect. In my position there has been lots of turnover-- a new person each year for the past 4 or 5 years. You would think this sends a signal, but surprisingly, it hasn't yet. Fundraising is beholden to big donors, even at the expense of the University's mission of educating students. Overall, I would never recommend this working environment to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. Invest in your employees. Communicate in a way that isn't passive-aggressive or patronizing. Give people at least one reason to be excited about work. Take yourself less seriously-- people will enjoy you more!


  8. "Building Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation is very good and builds quickly.

    Cons

    No job stability and many layoffs University wide. Pratt Engineering does not care about employees and families.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Managers need to be restructured and reorganized.


  9. "Horrible management"

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

    Pros

    Smart people and decent pay. Also, the campus is attractive.

    Cons

    Horrible manager -she micromanaged, belittled me, and treated me terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No management oversight of problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Clinic Service Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Slightly above the national average salary. Benefit package and retirement

    Cons

    Pay for benefits, lack of flexibilty in schedule, pets get preferred treatment, depending on who you are, complaints are never recognized with any action

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for all employees equally, and do not allow harrassment and bullying to continue, from either top management or any of the layers below it.


  11. "Be careful with the advisor you pick."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great university name!
    Some good professors.
    Great benefits.
    Blow Average Payment.

    Cons

    Some Arrogant Professors and Employees.
    Very distant and few parking places.



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