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Duke University Reviews

Updated February 16, 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 46 reviews)

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  1. "Still the plantation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, students, and resources.

    Cons

    Although they are supposed to be an institute of higher learning and research (not necessarily in that order), at the end of the day Duke is still all about the money.

    Advice to Management

    Learn basic management skills. Treat your hires like people, not commodities.


  2. "Primate Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Primate Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Primate Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Unique experience working with endangered lemurs, good coworkers.

    Cons

    Horrid management, low pay, no room for growth, poor work/life balance. I quit because management treats employees like subhumans.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management.


  3. "Rock Bottom Rate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Give me a bit of time to try to come up with something

    Cons

    Always stressed about expenses, preoccupied to point of distraction. Should have never agreed to the low ball rate deal

    Advice to Management

    You can't find enough talent locally to do Epic and don't want to pay market rate to bring anyone in. Hope the turn-over blows up your budget


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  5. "DUKE Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, many resources, great co-workers. Duke brings a lot of prestige and is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Poor management, image focused, too focused on pleasing parents and students. The location in the North Carolina causes many racial and diversity issues on campus and donors.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to become managers, learn how to grow a spine and do the right thing. Duke has so much potential but is not utilized.


  6. "Lots of prestige, not a lot of employee/student support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Duke name carries weight on the outside

    Cons

    Graduate students have little to no representation within the Duke community. There is a council of graduate students, but they are mostly focused on social events. No Human Resources for graduate students, no place for them to lodge complaints about work environment, sexual harassment, etc. As with all other large academic medical centers, Duke is weighted down by politics and red tape, etc.


  7. "OIT was not much fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People, job security, spacious office space, but not too much of anything more.

    Cons

    low morale, not much room for growth. no free parking (!), no communication from the management.


  8. "Grad Students are a dime a dozen"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The student health care coverage was very good.

    Cons

    Graduate School Administrators are cold and do not care about students or their welfare and well-being.


  9. "About what to expect from a postdoc in academia"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time

    Pros

    Name recognition and world-renown faculty.

    Cons

    University lowballs its postdoc salaries to NIH minima and rarely allows PIs to negotiate higher salaries to postdocs with families to support; health insurance plans for employees with dependents is ridiculously expensive.


  10. "Research Assistant (Associate in Research)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The networking, the seemingly unlimited resources to tap into in order to conduct research - Vicki Christian, Ellen DeGaffenreid are great.

    Cons

    The Margolis Center is a hastily established center with no SOP for feedback and evaluations. Even after a year of working a culture hasn't been established between its offices.

    Advice to Management

    open channels for multidirectional feedback and evaluation, remove incentives for favoritism and nepotism, encourage professional development, open pathways for promotion and grown for junior staff.


  11. "Clinical researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a laid back environment where ideas are shared freely. Very intelligent people, but so much red tape, not much gets done.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally lower than industry standards. Lots of disjointed offices who are suppose to work together, but have very poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Create positions to look at the inefficiencies and poor communication between separate offices. Discuss new SOPs with the people who actually have to use them before implementing them



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