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"Potential"

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Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Durham, NC
Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Durham, NC
No opinion of CEO

Pros

No doubt that Duke maintains a preeminent status among academic medical centers, and for a medical school that only started in the 1930's (compared to Harvard, Penn, or Hopkins) in a sleepy Southern town, it has overachieved. Department Chairman such as Eugene Stead in Medicine and David Sabiston in Surgery made Duke a clinical powerhouse; and Duke definitely rides on the foundation and reputation established by such figures.

Cons

Still, it would be hard to call Duke a "well-rounded" institution; in the biomedical sciences there aren't any Nobel Laureates, as such its Basic Sciences, while superior to most universities, is still a step behind the Harvard's of the world. It's hard to know if this is a trend across most research institutions, but Departmental Chairman seem to have a diminishing status at Duke.

Advice to Management

Don't forsake the academic enterprise for economic concerns. Don't be afraid of strong and visionary leaders at the Departmental level. Duke doesn't need "Yes men", it needs entrepeneurial and creative mid-level leaders.

Other Employee Reviews for Duke University Health System

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reputation doesn't match work experience for many employees."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The reputation of Duke carries alot of weight with outsiders, including vendors and/or possible collaborators. Benefits are better than most, including accrued time off, but this is offset by the generally lower-than-industry base pay and limited, if any, merit bonus opportunities. If you're looking for a place to punch in and then punch out after 8 hours, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Power still resides with doctors. Hierarchy is very evident with top-down decision-making/communication. Little continuing education/development unless required for re-certification. Alot of "good old boy" networking. Low pay with single digit yearly salary increases. Little differentation between raise percentages based on performance; ie., exceeds performance raise percentage may be less than a 1% different than "meets" performance. Depending on when you are hired, you may not be eligible for a raise for over a year. When negotiating your compensation package, many of the benefits are non-negotiable; ie., time off is set based on years of service and cannot be modified.

    Advice to Management

    Be innovative beyond medical research. Implement leadership, communication, etc., best practices utilized by industry. Get more diversity at the highest levels.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ready to leave as soon as I find another job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst II in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid tuition for children, sense of esteem peers laud you with even if they don't know the truth . . .

    Cons

    Research jobs here UNDERPAID and supervisors have no interpersonal nor mgmt skills. Rude, abusive and arrogantly pompous leadership. Employees treated like robots versus people with lives and rights.

    Advice to Management

    Retire the olde guard and get new fresh leadership ESPECIALLY in research. Human resources also needs overhaul as trying to transfer to new positions is a hopelessly faceless black box that is so computer and forms-driven, you tend to think your applications are NEVER even seen. Not enough direct contact with future job hiring manager is possible. Duke is a tired system that does not really enable employees to rise above the limits of supervisors who don't care about their employees. Duke has essentially no way to police poor supervisors, especially if that person has tenure.

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