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Duke University Staff Specialist Reviews

Updated August 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance; particularly excellent vacation time (in 40 reviews)

  • company provides great benefits to all employees, not just faculty (in 58 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. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. "Staff Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Nice atmosphere

    Cons

    Horrrible commute from Raleigh. Job was super BORING

    Advice to Management

    Misrepresentation of position doesn't help retain employees

  3. "Excellent first job out of school"

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    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment for getting accustomed to office work, flexible hours, good pay and great health insurance, perks of working at a college campus like library access and free movies.

    Cons

    Duke is weirdly inflexible about certain things, like making you pay for parking and use vacation hours if the office closes due to weather.

    Advice to Management

    As a university, I think the direction is fine. Management advice would have to be specific to individual offices.


  4. "University administration"

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    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Specialist in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Academic environment, great colleagues, benefits, potential for advancement

    Cons

    Experience at this University, as with any place, can be dependent upon supervisors