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Emory University Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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  • In the dept I was working, there was no room for advancement and the leadership was insufficient (in 10 reviews)

  • no easy access to Emory healthcare; hierarchical job; bad work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Research specialist senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility no travel convenient location

    Cons

    No motivation poor health insurance


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Terribly mismanaged. Not secure.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overspend

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Runs employees Ragged"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emory University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay, Flexible working hours, opportunities to advance

    Cons

    "Required" overtime without compensation, not enough employees in vital areas causing employee burnout and breakdowns, not loyal to long-term employees, requiring way too much work for any one person

    Advice to Management

    Hire more departmental help in research. Too much work and not enough support. High buyout rate due to work load.


  4. "Good job that won't follow you home"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits: health insurance, retirement and good vacation

    Cons

    Runs about as effective as government


  5. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    the people and patience are awesome

    Cons

    As someone that is hard working and dedicated to what I do, this was the worst place I have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    take care of your people so they can continue to serve their patience the best they can


  6. "Meh..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emory University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The students are very intelligent and motivated to learn the material. The campus is nice and located in a great location.

    Cons

    The curriculum is full of things that are just a waste of time. There isn't really any effort from permanent faculty to make the program better.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on teaching things that students actually want to learn instead of things that you find interesting. You are there because of the students, not the other way around.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-level Manager"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    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.


  9. "just a name and reputation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A person can get great experience

    Cons

    low pay, little advancement opportunities, basic benefits


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled by the name"

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    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.


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