Duke University
3.9 of 5 240 reviews
www.duke.edu Durham, NC 5000+ Employees

Duke University Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.9 240 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead

Dick Brodhead

(121 ratings)

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

Pros:
  • "Work-life balance and benefits are very good"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Great health insurance, beautiful campus"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "Opportunities for advancement in HR are pretty slim"
    in 8 reviews
  • "long hours, office space, management"
    in 7 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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Go Blue Devils!

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

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

ProsHuge potential for growth, exceptional at diversity and leadership nurturing.

ConsDurham can be better by incorporating a mature international culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a mature Chinese community network will help you.

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

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Duke was very supportive

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Durham, NC (US)

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

ProsGreat atmosphere and working conditions.

ConsLittle room for growth, slow feedback system

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage room for growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work and study

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Duke University

ProsThere are tons of opportunities at Duke University either at the Nicholas School or the Nicholas Institute to work on environmental research. I have also worked in the lichen and moss herbarium and the people are fantastic!

ConsIt is somewhat difficult to navigate the HR website and it feels that when you apply to a job, you are entering a black hole.

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Supportive of graduate students

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duke University

ProsMany support programs for students. Cheap place to live.

ConsMany labs are struggling to get funding, just like everywhere else.

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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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