Duke University
3.9 of 5 235 reviews
www.duke.edu Durham, NC 5000+ Employees

Duke University Reviews

Updated Apr 07, 2014
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3.9 235 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

(119 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs)"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Great health benefits, good work/life balance, generally respectful environment for staff"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by"
    in 8 reviews
  • "As a graduate student you are expected to work long hours for little pay, but that is the same everywhere"
    in 6 reviews
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Amazing experience. Would advise everybody to go for it

Residential Counsellor, DUKE TIP India (Former Employee)
Mysore

I worked at Duke University as an intern for less than a year

ProsInternational exposure. learn team work.

ConsCan get strenuous. difficult to understand American work ethics at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very positive experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duke University

ProsThere are many good scientists and administrators and there is a collaborative atmosphere all around. The people are quite friendly and willing to help.

ConsI can think of none.

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Graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

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

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

ProsHigh quality research, diversity of research interests, friendly atmosphere

ConsGraduate school path - very unstructured, as with almost any graduate school in biology - doesn't prepare you for any other career other than academia

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Great place to work

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)
Durham, NC (US)

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

ProsTop notch research facilities and people to interact with.
Lots of additional learning resources and seminars
Great collaboration opportunities
Lots of resources

ConsLong hours
Very competitive atmosphere
Favoritism

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

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Great benefits. High expectations.

Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
Durham, NC (US)

I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe Duke community is fun. Work can be intense, but it ebbs and flows with the academic calendar. Great benefits.

ConsTerrible parking situation. This seems like a small issue, but I find it reprehensible to pay $860 to park near my building. The next closest available parking is 1/2 mile away, inconsistently available (sometimes have to park farther away), and bus service is only reasonable when class is in session.
Salary is stagnant and doesn't keep up with inflation or cost of living. It is necessary to move to a new department to advance.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate clearer career advancement paths. Continue to offer interesting educational opportunities to staff.

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

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It's alright if you can get in

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duke University

ProsGreat retirement benefits. The area is quite nice, though it is becoming quite pricey. Everyone around you is very smart and generally very open and accepting.

ConsThe pay is not always very good. It can be a very behemoth structure, and sometimes requests seem to be sent into a black hole. Everyone is too busy.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to bridge the disconnect between the different constituencies at the University.

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Good place to work but hard to grow

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Durham, NC (US)

I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBeautiful campus, friendly people, good research facilities, good benefits,

ConsSalary for Research Scientist is low, hard to advance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to get a PhD

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duke University

ProsThe healthcare is great, the stipend is totally enough to live on in Durham.

ConsParking is hard, and the campus does not feel very safe, particularly at night.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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RA in Duke University

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duke University part-time

ProsPayment is good. I am a graduate in Duke Engineering school. The professor knows me well, I work for him.

ConsProfessor is very push, sometims I have to work in lab till midnight. I also have to work on weekend, this makes me crazy. Yet I have no choice cause I want to be a PHD student.

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Duke is a great place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Durham, NC (US)

I have been working at Duke University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDuke has great people, good benefits, good professional growth opportunities, and a great work/life balance. Overall, it's a great place to work.

ConsCompensation is the main thing that comes to mind, but I'm sure that it has a lot to do with it being a university, however, it would seem that there would be more wiggle room since it's a private university.

Advice to Senior ManagementWould want management to consider rethinking compensation as it relates to many of the admin jobs that are throughout the university.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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