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"At first it was cool, but now not so much."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
No opinion of CEO

Pros

1. Child Tuition Assistance (for those who work in the University, not the Medical Center).
2. Excellent retirement plan.
3. Stability - Duke isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Cons

1. Salaries are lower than market.
2. Outside of the Child Tuition Assistance and retirement match, the benefits are the same as any other company.
3. Moving from University to Medical will eliminate Child Tuition Assistance.
4. Horrible managers are allowed to wreck havoc and get rid of competent, hard workers.
5. It's hard to move around once you reach a certain level. Many employees are as high as they can go, but lack the experience to move to another department. There is no training that will bridge the gap.
6. Minorities occupy the low-level jobs, but aren't seen in very many management positions.
7. There is no succession plan for employees.
8. Out of touch with the current workforce.

Advice to Management

1. Do a real salary study and bring everyone up to market. That will enable you to get and retain quality employees.
2. Clean house with the managers. They aren't doing the work, the people they're berating and getting rid of are. It only makes sense to get rid of the problem managers who have high turnover.
3. Allow people who move from University to Medical to retain the Child Tuition Assistance. Since they won't get a huge pay increase, and will actually be low-balled, they really need that benefit to follow them.
4. Create bridge training, so people can move from department to department seamlessly.
4. Get more minorities in management positions. Why is this even an issue in 2012?
5. Create a succession plan, so people will know how far they can go in their department.
6. Actually listen to the reasons people turn down positions. If salary reasons are prevalent, then your salaries are too low. Fix them!

Your name isn't enough to carry you. People aren't loyal to just one company anymore, so the days of someone staying at below-market wages for 20 or 30 years are gone. You need to adapt, or you'll be left with a lot of gaping holes as the older workforce retires and the younger workforce moves on. Every time someone leaves, you lose valuable knowledge that can't be transferred to the replacement. No one ever uses every benefit available, so playing them up isn't enough to retain people. Cost of living increases mean people need to get pay increases. No one will stay with Duke if it means they can't pay their bills.

Other Employee Reviews for Duke University

  1. "A perfect Institute to learn and work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exchange Research Scholar in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Exchange Research Scholar in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Infrastructure, Management and Quality research outreach

    Cons

    Housing, lifestyle availability and internal communication


  2. "Amazing work place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging but really a conducive environment. Supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    Huge working environment. Plenty of bureaucracy.

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