Duke University Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
299 Reviews
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299 Reviews
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and a ton of flexibility in terms of scheduling (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 8 reviews)

  • long hours, office space, management (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very positive and encouraging.

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    Current Employee - Tutor  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Tutor in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Name brand recognition on your resume.

    Cons

    The students are really pretentious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the penn pavillion. Yuk!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Extremely fun time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    You learn an incredible amount of information.

    Cons

    Sometimes the job was boring.

  3.  

    Great benefit for grad students, inexpensive area

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Durham is cheap, allowing you to live comfortably with you grad stipend. Professors are generally helpful

    Cons

    The area may be unsafe. Thus, a car is pretty much a necessity since people tend to live far away from the campus. But if you mostly spend time at school then it's not such a big problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good research and work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to reach out to a professor and ask whether he/she needs a research assistant - most professors are currently conducting research. Great opportunity to work with experienced, well-respected professors. Good first job to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Whether the work is interesting depends on the needs of the professor - at times, work may be data entry. Salary depends on whether the professor has grant money for research.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

    Former Employee - Faculty Support  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Faculty Support in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy job, copied lots of papers

    Cons

    Boring and not really intellectual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nada

  7.  

    Generally good experience.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Department Manager  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department Manager in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits. The people. Flexibility. work-life balance, opportunities for in-house training

    Cons

    Upper management politics
    low salary
    layoffs
    opportunities for advancement are not good for supervisors and managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the livelihood of others when making drastic decisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent research opportunities and support for graduate students.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours in the lab

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Enjoy my colleagues and office environment. Manageable work / life balance.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say about Duke - enjoyed my time here very much.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Very informal and organic, depends on your supervisor

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, management open to ideas/creativity

    Cons

    Experience here may not add up to your profile as much as you would want in case you want to get into the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun office environment filled with jokes and support

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Office is filled with great people -- everyone is so much fun. Despite doing administrative tasks, there are plenty of jokes from faculty and staff, and it's a very supportive environment where everyone takes an interest in what you're doing. Lots of opportunity for promotion, and there is always free food and drink!

    Cons

    Sometimes can get a little tedious with the administrative work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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