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Updated December 4, 2017
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  • no easy access to Emory healthcare; hierarchical job; bad work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement within the university (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to be working in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, amazing colleagues, good work satisfaction

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons


  2. "Great Campus - Bloated IT Structure"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, Courtesy Scholarship (after a waiting period), lots of interesting events, good research environment, access to world class scholars. Interesting work in the smaller departments where there is much less bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Heavily Bloated IT management structure. IT managers are non-technical and know very little about implementing technology commonly in use elsewhere (e.g. cloud). They are insecure around technically knowledgeable individuals. There are way too many project managers and manager positions in general. Excessive amounts of meetings that really don't lead to substantial conclusions. Beware that for most of the staff, meetings seem to be the primary measure of productivity. Not going to meetings is a big no no even if you know they won't be productive.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit skilled knowledgeable IT managers - people with relevant graduate degrees. Lots of managers had only Bachelor's degrees and didn't really understand what researchers needed. Reorganize Research IT group to more aggressively support research instead of building empires. Consider decentralizing the larger IT groups into departments to better assist research aims. Eliminate half of the project managers - they really don't add value - in fact they add unnecessary layers of red tape. In short - hire actual technical leadership with relevant degrees, reduce project manager count, flatten the hierarchy, and de-centralize

  3. "Data Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Research oriented , friendly people

    Cons

    not enough facilities, not enough space


  4. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package. Not bad.

    Cons

    No upward mobility. Even with degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Create ladder for the employee growth. Most people do not want to stay at the same level their whole lives.


  5. "Grad. Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emory University part-time

    Pros

    Great for something while going to school

    Cons

    It seems that you aren't really respected until you get that second degree


  6. "Regulatory Compliance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    Great health and other employee benefits

    Cons

    Not enough work/life balance


  7. "Assistant Program Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Emory University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. Health benefits are the most affordable I have ever had. Great retirement plan.

    Cons

    All depends on who you are working for/with. That dictates your experience.

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Networking and resoruces for career development and progress. Alsoa . great location to work in the city.

    Cons

    Not clear role for career mobility. Could benefit from more regular feedback from senior management. Mor emphasis on diversity and inclusion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emory University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits like Health vision and retirement savings account are excellent.

    Cons

    If you work in certain departments especially Information Technology the management can be very dysfunctional and in some cases toxic. This is especially the case the higher You go in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    When you're making plans or implementing initiatives, throw some common sense in there a little and at least consider viewpoints of the worker not just those of executive peers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    HR and Compensation have been busy trying to fit everybody into boxes. This is not something I would expect from a University in the year 2017. I've been waiting over a year for a promotion and have actually ended up with more responsibility and the choice to downgrade to an hourly title or to just take a merit increase. It's not a very rewarding situation as your hard work and dedication to take on more responsibility does not move you up. You are better off quitting and coming back under a new title. That's an unfortunate situation to be in. You don't hold onto talent putting people in boxes. This attitude will cost the University dearly as they endure the time and cost to replace those who eventually become fed up and leave.


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