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Duke University Reviews

Updated July 21, 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 10 reviews)

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  1. "PhD candidate"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treated well and with good health insurance. Not technically a full time employee due to the student title, though seemingly treated as an employee

    Cons

    Requires plenty of work to get degree while fulfilling requirements of university to be considered an employee. No dental

    Advice to Management

    A union is currently being pushed for, though is not necessary if management were more inclined to listen.


  2. "Great organization to grow with"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension offered
    Advancement opportunities
    Training opportunities
    Education credit for yourself and child
    Good PTO and holiday time
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Pay for parking, no way around it unless you live close enough to walk or bike ride
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Continuously build camaraderie. We all have to work with each other day in and day out, make it enjoyable to come to work.

  3. "World Class"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely talented faculty and students who are dedicated to their work. Expect nothing but excellence from this bunch

    Cons

    The pros can be seen as cons by some. Environment can be overly competitive and off putting for some


  4. "Great!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing bad to say- Great university and staff. Easy to work with and always willing to help with tasks.

    Cons

    Parking and commuting to work is a problem. Parking lots are crowded and the bus system is not easy to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps rework the bus and parking system. Not sure how much can be done given the space, but commuting to work is the worst part of my day.


  5. "Awesome training opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Duke will offer their entry-level staff, or those who lack college education, the opportunity to take training courses to assist in professional development and advance.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow your employees to take advantage in order to help prepare them for other roles


  6. "Student Assistant Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people, stimulating environment, unparalleled basketball and spirit. As a student assistant, supervisors were exceptionally understanding of student schedule demands

    Cons

    Duke is academically rigorous and can be difficult at times. Student assistant positions can offer minimal growth opportunities, more just placeholders to gain a bit of experience and earn that work study.

    Advice to Management

    My experience with management was excellent! My supervisor was exceptionally kinda and understanding. It has been a pleasure working in the President's Office during my time at Duke.


  7. "Graduate student-beware"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good community, lots of free food

    Cons

    Long, awful hours. Literally no gratitude.

  8. "Social Media Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Media Intern in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Social Media Intern in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team & work atmosphere, you feel valued and appreciated, a lot of freedom, flexible hours

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything


  9. "The Office of Development is a great place to be!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Development Assistant in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities for growth, great city

    Cons

    Having to pay for parking is a drag but that's about it. I think that's every institution of higher learning though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep valuing your employees like you do!


  10. "Grad student- PhD"

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. Above average graduate student stipend and treatment of students.

    Cons

    No official contract for grad students. No dental benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Taking away student benefits is a strong deterrent to future students


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