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Duke University Reviews

Updated December 7, 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 63 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. "payroll"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    benefits/monthly pay/tuition reimbursment/flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    low pay/no parking/long commute/

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees and all of their needs


  2. "Lots of red tape"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, hard to get fired

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape. Frequently the procedures you're required to follow are irrelevant to your job or your goal.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and actually act on the things they are unhappy about.

  3. "Not for creatives"

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    Former Employee - Creative Services in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Creative Services in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Company culture & pride, Great Benefits, Large following and Impressive on Resume, Convenient access to highways, Big Company with Growth potential

    Cons

    So many stuffy leaders it is hard to have your voice heard, pay is below average for creatives, great if you want to follow directions and have no creative input.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees do their job and be open to new changes


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you get the rare student who actually really cares about learning as opposed to buying in to the culture of prestige-- they're some of the most amazing people. Little perks, library access.

    Cons

    1) Students are, for the most part, the least curious and most entitled I have ever worked with. They're overly grade-motivated. 2) unless you are tenured, you're treated like garbage. A number of i tenured faculty here-- yes, at Duke-- make so little, they qualify for food stamps. Even with the new union contract, Duke administration has too much wiggle room to be penurious, shady, and business-minded (as opposed to educationally-minded) 3) The probability of being actively prevented from reaching full-time status or qualifying for benefits varies greatly from department to department. Do NOT settle for work in a "program"-- if it's not a department handing you your paycheck, your struggle will be too real.

    Advice to Management

    Stop banking on the belief that your employees will always feel lucky to be associated with the Duke name-- even when you try your darndest to keep them in fear and to keep them aware of how disposable they are.


  5. "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee training program available

    Cons

    VERY liberal views & biases

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive and accommodating


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits. Vision plan is pretty good and employees get a BIG discount if they get their lenses/frames at the Duke Eye Center. Retirement contribution starting at 8.9% IF you're in a salaried position.

    Cons

    Dental plans aren't very good compared to industry. Difficult to move upward into new opportunities in different departments/organizations. NO retirement contribution or matching if you are an hourly employee. Excessive amount of very difficult people to work for due to tenure. If your position loses its funding, it is almost impossible to find another position and there is NO severance.


  7. "Employee Relations"

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    Current Employee - Financial Administration Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Administration Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits for educated employees

    Cons

    Needs work, very company centered, not employee centered

  8. "Security officer"

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    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.


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Top caliber research institution and faculty

    Cons

    I was not supported in my position


  10. "Great colleagues, ethical team members, bad dudes at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent research, dedicated scientists, responsible and hardworking colleagues

    Cons

    Top leadership that is power hungry, unethical, two-faced, liars, and generally bad dudes. Want to build their empire and a name for themselves rather than collaborate and mentor.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. Value them. Respect them.


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