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Emory University Reviews

Updated June 24, 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 9 reviews)

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  1. "It doesn't take a lot to succeede."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Dev/Analyst, Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Applications Dev/Analyst, Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great retirement and health care plans. Dental plan is the worst plan I've ever had.

    Cons

    Emory is a very political organization. Hirings and promotions are all done behind closed doors and seem to be based only on an individual's relationship to management and not their qualifications or achievements. Job postings are frequently changed to fit the individual's skills and not the skills required for the job.

    The vast majority of management does not posess a degree, skills, or experience in the industry/field they are in charge of. Most managers produce nothing, and serve only as a distribution point for work. Information is rarely disseminated to employees, if at all.

    Employee reviews are a whitewash and have no determination on employee raises. Raises are usually quite small, 3% max, and though are said to be based on performance, have no indication of this.

    Responsibility is also lacking at Emory. Missing deadlines, wiping out an entire month of email are gone unnoticed and without repercussion.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with degrees and experience in the field they are going to manage and you will see they hire competent, qualified personnel to do the work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "I wouldnt recommend my worst enemy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package; Location; Tuition reimbursement; Courtesy scholarship

    Cons

    Horrible salaries; Favoritism; poor Management within Human Resources Department; Backstabbing

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, but could be better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Faculty and staff assistance resourcs, emory mentor program, toastmasters, other professional development events, seminars, programs.

    Cons

    Political BS, favoritism, poor leadership/management from local manager, lack of communications within department, job security attitudes, no leadership, vision, or directions from management, lack of properly manager and professionalism from manager.

    Advice to Management

    All managers in the department should be required to attend and pass a management class to qualify for their position/job.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "horrible place"

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

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

    Pros

    if I have to pick, the benefit is O.K.

    Cons

    where should I start from? just one word for this place: horror !


  5. "Senior Research Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly regarded in the city.

    Cons

    Poor salary, No opportunities for advancements, poor senior staff/Junior staff relationships. Senior staff tend to treat junior staff with contempt as just a pair of hands.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees worthwhile wages especially technical staff in order to maintain great talent.


  6. "Trick you into the job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Telefund Caller in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Telefund Caller in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and salary were decent

    Cons

    They made it seem like you could make a ton if you were ambitious, but that wasn't the case. Lots of bureaucracy to fight through.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more autonomy


  7. "Emory has changed a lot in the last 5 years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a good place for a long time. I felt like I was doing something more than just building widgets for the public to buy. Involved in making the world a little better and working with others who had a good attitude that went beyond just making money. Open to change and a healthy balance between work and family life.

    Cons

    Emory changed several years back. A new President and CFO has made Emory more interested in the bottom line. Seems to have affected the entire University not just my department. Generally everyone seems nervous about their continued employment and the lack of good general management skills is really hurting entire University and Hospital

    Advice to Management

    Emory needs to remember that people that work there could make more money somewhere else. Individuals who work there are doing so because they want to make a contribution to the world. Trust needs to be restored between management and workers. Lessen the focus on getting rid of employees who are not toeing the line.

  8. "Review of Emory University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of Diversity, no commitment to innovating curriculum, extremely limited resources compared to other institutions of higher education, no commitment to the Arts, in fact cut all arts programming and students have no options to pursue a studio practice.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your faculty!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good on paper, pretty much atrocious in every other aspect."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of available jobs. Sometimes the SON puts on events for employees that includes food and wine.

    Cons

    Human resources only cares about the administration, if you have any problems (including harassment, bullying) they will tell you to keep your head down or risk being fired.
    Animal testing is done on campus and many of the scientists doing animal research lack the skills to do this humanely or they simply don't care.
    "Equal opportunity employment" only applies to minorities and veterans...actually had my supervisor tell me to specifically not hire a white person (even though they were the most qualified) because they wanted a "black female."

    Advice to Management

    I agree that it is important to have diversity but specifically hiring only on the color of a person's skin and not on qualifications is hurting the productivity and culture of departments. Also, while they say they have a "no nepotism" policy, it's rarely enforced and favoritism runs rampant.
    The salaries are also depressingly low and even if you get an advanced degree they will not promote you. If you want to advance your career you'll have to apply for a new job within and hope your supervisor is supportive or leave.


  10. "There are better grad school jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Emory University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and easy tasks

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Inconsistent leadership that sets expectations but then does not follow through to support you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better leadership.


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