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Duke University Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "research analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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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

    Lots of interesting opportunities, highly talented and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    It is a big organization.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Staff Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good benefits, great staff, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Staff jobs are either "churn-and-burn," where multiple job positions (and responsibilities) are rolled into a single position resulting in high stress and low support, or jobs are "feast-and-famine," where there are long stretches of not having anything to do and then a glut of work. I'm currently in a Trinity A&S department that is the latter. Compensation skews low but benefits do make up for this partially.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage communication among staff and foster staff reaching out to other departments. Put more stock into professionally developing staff and growing their positions to include more responsibilities. Remember that 95% of your departments assets leave each evening and it is in both the department and Duke's best interest to see them satisfied.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Great organization to work for, great benefits, many interesting opportunities.

    Cons

    It is a large organization so it takes a little bit of effort to navigate at first.

  8. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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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

    nice environment on campus, little stress, lots of spare time to enhance oneself at your own wish

    Cons

    bad environment near campus, isolated location


  9. "OK for a post-doc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Good infrastructure for creative benchwork

    Cons

    Faculty positions are saturated, no salary support from department

    Advice to Management

    Asking post docs to pay $100 a month to park is ridiculous


  10. "Employee Satisfaction Declining"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely generous time off. Excellent benefits. Really good salaries.

    Cons

    Senior leadership out of touch with employees and the gap between 'managers' and 'staff' continues to grow. Lots of lip service from senior leadership but minimal improvement. FAVORITISM RUNS RAMPANT!!! Very little growth opportunity for the vast majority of employees. Duke has scaled way back on the little things that help make employees happy like holiday parties and service recognition gifts.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who's doing the majority of the work around here!


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