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Emory University Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  • In the dept I was working, there was no room for advancement and the leadership was insufficient (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Growth opportunities give new perspectives."

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    Former Employee - Communications Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Communications Analyst in Atlanta, GA
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    Pros

    Emory is a place that fosters growth in all senses of the word - they balance work and life together to maximize opportunities to learn. From the colloquial atmosphere to the encouragement to explore and think differently, Emory challenges you to become a better professional. Their approach to problem solving and staying competitive in an increasingly crowded landscape of higher education makes it amazing to "be on the inside" and see the school as a business in addition to a place of study. Coworkers are kind, caring, and as far from cutthroat as possible. Everyone's there to help each other, and everyone wants each other to succeed.

    Cons

    Like any big business, departments are fairly compartmentalized. There isn't nearly enough communication to truly allow each department to support each other in the way they're envisioned. Management turnover is fairly high, and students are never truly satisfied with the job you do. Long-range planning initiatives are conceptually incredible but often fall short in the execution, leaving staff to pick up the pieces. This often involves angry parents, inconvenienced students, and dissatisfied staff. Traffic in the Clifton Corridor (the Emory Area)is horrendous no matter what time of day, and it sometimes takes an hour to travel one mile from campus at rush hour.

    Advice to Management

    Think through the execution and run all possible scenarios.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Atlanta, GA
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    Pros

    Great benefits for all staff. 403(b) plan matches 9% for 2% employee contribution. Great location in suburban Atlanta. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Difficult to find negatives, although traffic can be tough at peak commuting times. There are limited roads into and out of the area so there can be a bottleneck effect.

    Advice to Management

    Improve transportation into and out of the university area. This is the major complaint of most employees that I know.

  3. "Wonderful collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very collaborative environment for a researcher trying to get some cutting edge research done. Very strong biomedical research and clinical research.

    Cons

    Does not have the same recognition as Harvard or Stanford. The medical insurance benefits for the dependents of graduate students not provided.

    Advice to Management

    I think a better procedure should be in place to ensure that the medical benefits are extended to the families of graduate students.


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    "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The educational benefits are excellent. Most departments seem concerned about the employee and work/life balance more than others. Laid back workplace, for the most part.

    Cons

    Stay out of SOM unless you are upper administration. Internal functions are often outsouced, which can get frustrating. Also, paying to park can be quite expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees build a clear career development plan. An employee should not feel guilty about seeking advancement. Human resources should also be used as career development.


  5. "Great staff, great pay, great benefits."

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    Current Employee - Work Study in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Work Study in Atlanta, GA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a friendly staff, good benefits, and they offer competitive pay rates. Emory really tries to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    It is run like a corporation. There is often confusion when one department tries working with another one. Emory tries to be stingy at times.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending lots of money on not necessary things such as upgrading yearly computers, spend it more on employer retention.


  6. "It is a very pleasant place to work and to interact."

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, helpful staff members, and good community. Emory is a terrific example of academic life at its finest.

    Cons

    Transportation is sometimes an issue, as the shuttle service only goes so far into the city. Also, things get a bit busy sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    I think Emory is doing a great job for its employees, and I, as an RA, commend Emory for what it has provided me.


  7. "Great Uinversity and great environment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great highly ranked private research university. Opportunities are here for motivated people; top leadership is great, well intended, fair, and genuine. If you are coming here to loaf and lead the entitled life, don't; this is a place that expects commitment and performance

    Cons

    It is a large organization, so if you like small employers, this might not be the place for you.It is in Atlanta, and traffic is an issue for commuters.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and continue to look oout for Emory's future as a leading pre-eminent research univerisity.

  8. "Best in the South"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing biomedical research facilities - top 10 NIH funding annually (Yerkes, Whitehead, Rollins), leading Ethics Center, great liberal arts College, innovative graduate programs like Master's in Development Practice

    Cons

    get back to roots by supporting Christian movements on campus: InterVarsity (ECF, BASIC & Asian Christian Fellowship), RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), Veritas Forum.


  9. "good to work here"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    more than an opportunity for your next step development.

    Cons

    a little laidback.. so, you must have your clear carrier target..


  10. "small but beautiful"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Emory is good at what makes money, law, medicine, business. the students are limited, thus you have plenty of resources.

    Cons

    Gym is too old, although the rest facilities in the PE center are actually good. Seems to be involved into controversial political issues like Dalai Lama.


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