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Emory University Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • no easy access to Emory healthcare; hierarchical job; bad work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Emory University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Insurance Benefits
    Ability to apply and move to different departments

    Cons

    Not enough diversity in management.
    Hard to reach senior levels in some department positions
    There is some undercover racism where management will promote one race over another but management will try to deny that is accurate.
    Very high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to promote from within. Listen to your employees when they express concerns and appreciate their hard work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-level Manager"

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

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    In some cases there can be generous professional development opportunities and especially excellent FSAP benefits. It's a beautiful campus to work on, and there are always interesting programs happening every week.

    Cons

    Below-market pay, above average classicism and lack of opportunity for those who are "non-classified staff." Emory is a place that is excellent for a first gig, but terrible for long-term career growth in most (not all units), as there is a culture of not promoting from within. In many units, the success is based on skill and not behavior - which results in toxic, silo workplace culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take seriously the idea of equity, not just equality, for your employees and faculty of color. Learn to promote and mentor from within your organization, and not just to hire based on outside pedigree.


  3. "Good Is Very Good, Bad is Honorable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Emory University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, Salary is not too bad, I am rarely bothered at home

    Cons

    Depending on where you work, the bureaucracy and inter-office politics can be crippling.
    Also, there is so much "continual improvement" that sometimes they don't know when they have hit the sweet spot.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people at the bottom of the org chart as much as the ones at the top.


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  5. "just a name and reputation"

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

    Pros

    A person can get great experience

    Cons

    low pay, little advancement opportunities, basic benefits


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled by the name"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    Emory University offers excellent benefits' packages at reasonable prices, as well as sick leave and vacation leave. They also offer many opportunities for higher learning.

    Cons

    Emory is a very large company and treats its employees as such. Individuals are not recognized for their hard work, they just become another one of the masses and policies are not tailored towards specific departments. Once you receive your job classification, it is very difficult to get a raise unless you are promoted, which can only happen if HR approves your relevant experience. Because the entire staff of the university must operate under the same policies, it does not matter how hard you work, you receive the same annual salary percentage increase as everyone else.


  7. "post doc"

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

    Pros

    good name- good resources while working here

    Cons

    no easy access to Emory healthcare; hierarchical job; bad work/life balance


  8. "Postdocs on a fellowship have no benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    Strong research university, high-level PIs, collaborative environment, good connections

    Cons

    If you are a postdoc on a training grant or a fellowship, you will lose all your benefits. Health insurance will be paid out of the training funds. Emory's famously generous 401k matching will not be available to you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop penalizing postdocs for obtaining hard-won money for you.


  9. "You have to decide what is important to you"

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    - Work/Life balance
    (These are the trade offs for low pay and no career)

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Promotions depends if you are the right demographic
    -Some people strive to enhance Emory while numerous others play music, talk, and not be proactive in making things better

    Advice to Management

    Emory HR ensures that one's demographics means more than one's results


  10. "Sr. Custodian"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Custodian in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Custodian in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent for all full and part time employees, even temporary employees get to chime in.

    Cons

    Advancement is not encouraged. Lower level management is just as bad as the upper management is good.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is too far away from the supervisors, (by design) they know how to implement a winning culture but they need to be way more hands on to make this area run like the rest of emory.


  11. "postdoc"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is out of my expectation, everything depends. It is interesting to experience a work abroad. just this.

    Cons

    it is not always nice as you expect as how it was introduced. Nothing else is good.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what to say, just satisfy this word number requirement...



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