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Duke University Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.9 273 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

(131 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

273 Employee Reviews
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    Duke Athletics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraining, time-off policies, work life balance. Everything in the Athletic Department has been exactly what I thought it would be.

    ConsWith most employees having a lot of experience at Duke Athletics, it is hard to move up because these employees have no intention of leaving, and the department is not expanding.

     

    Great management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat management, good work-life balance

    ConsCan require some long hours

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    A great place to work!

    Administrative Director (Current Employee) Durham, NC (US)

    ProsExcellent benefits. Stellar academics. Good work-life balance. Wonderful people.

    ConsLimited opportunities to advance within the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive environment

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

    Prosfreedom with daily schedule and activities, many resources and sharing between departments

    Consinterdisciplinary research may result in lack of department support

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent for undergrad, good for grad

    PhD Candidate (Current Employee) Durham, NC (US)

    ProsGreat people. Financial stability. Great basketball team.

    ConsSmall university; only few areas of research and classes offered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bar for passing phd defense should be the same for all students, irrespective of the advisor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate research assistant

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Durham, NC (US)

    Pros- excellent classes, connections, and flexibility
    - great opportunities and support, including career fairs, stipends for travel, and supplementary fellowships

    Cons- parking
    - many of the professors are big names, so it's hard, especially in big labs, to get time with your professor

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    overall a good place to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfriendly environment, laid back, intelligent people

    Conspay does not reflect experience

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosoffice culture is good, manager friendly, many opportunities for growth. Talent SPECIFIC.

    ConsNot many opps for personal growth, not many choices for career progression to another place.

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate options and opportunities for growth and motivate workforce to perform based on bonus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tangerines vs Oranges

    Clinical Research Coordinator (Former Employee) Durham, NC (US)

    ProsBenefits, friendly work environment, job duties clearly defined. Each department or division operates differently!!!!! It really hard to compare.

    ConsYou have to know someone to get hired on the University side, little room for growth, no incentive for excelling - everyone gets the same 3% raise. When the grant is over - you are on your own. HR does not help keep great employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport front line workers more: job security and career growth not just upper managers and Tenured faculty

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, poor pay, big egos - work environment varies widely

    Manager-level Staff (Current Employee) Durham, NC (US)

    ProsThe benefits (403(b), medical coverage, business discounts and tuition help, to name a few) are outstanding. The campus is beautiful and convenient to commuters. Job security appears to be good.

    ConsPay is poor for non-faculty - it looks good on paper if you factor in benefits, but is lousy if you need liquidity. Work-life balance, office environment and many other factors are highly dependent on which unit you're in and who you work for. Egos are out of control - faculty "stars" are put in charge of staff with little guidance on management and no motivation to gain any, and grudges between higher-level faculty/staff can really hamstring others. Academic/meeting-heavy culture means it can take forever to get things done. Promises at hiring of potential movement/promotion within the university have not been kept (for me or others).

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers to manage programs, not "superstar" academics with no managerial experience (or MAKE them work cooperatively with managing directors). Increase staff salaries or offer the option of a more traditional 403(b) match for employees who need cash now. Develop clearer career paths and opportunities for those who want to move within the university. Encourage efficiency and bottom-up contributions to unit management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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