Duke University Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
317 Reviews
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317 Reviews
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Duke University President and Trustee Dick Brodhead
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A lot of sports events so you have a very good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 9 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours in the lab (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing experience. Would advise everybody to go for it

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    Former Employee - Residential Counsellor, DUKE TIP India in Mysore
    Former Employee - Residential Counsellor, DUKE TIP India in Mysore

    I worked at Duke University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    International exposure. learn team work.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Big institution with a lot of resources

    Cons

    Cold. A lot of competition between students

  3.  

    Wonderful staff, wonderful students.

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Durham, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources
    Great faculty
    Wonderful staff

    Cons

    Cons will vary depending on the faculty you work with

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place and environment to work. Smart, hard working and highly dedicated faculty, students and researchers.

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

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

    Pros

    Core facilities. Laboratory conditions. Quality of research environment. Access to state pf the art resources. Quality and affordability of life. Beautiful area. Direct connection to clinical research.

    Cons

    Hard to grow as an independent investigator. They do not hire internally

    Recommends
  6.  

    IT Analyst and Technician

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly people and atmosphere, good balance between family life and work life, enough people to get the job done without stressing you out to the max. Great health benefits and occasional other neat perks as well, like football or basketball game tickets.

    Cons

    The pay is not that great, but better than public universities. This is a given though. The raises aren't that great either. In my particular department, there was no room to move up, so I was pretty much stuck. It's also a very liberal, politically-motivated environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No major advice other than remember that just because some of us don't have Masters degrees doesn't mean we aren't as smart (or smarter) than you.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    A worthwhile experience.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A sense of pride that comes from working for an established and highly respected institution for higher learning. Sound benefits package with on site training classes for non-faculty administrators to gain the skills they may need to advance within the University system. Vacation and sick time accrual. Opportunities for interaction with diverse cultures and perspectives can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Solid administrative management at the higher level within departments is lacking. Tenured academics, in particular, do not always possess the kind of leadership skills needed to effectively oversee staff. Their teaching and research responsibilities can impede the administrative process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for a work-study at Duke

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    Former Employee - Student IT in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Student IT in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are chill. Make friends with peers. Flexibility in scheduling. Its' in Perkins. Work hours can be 8-20hrs/week and you can distribute them however you want pretty much, based on your class schedule.

    Cons

    Work is dull. You end up having to fix people's computers off-hours because you're "the kid who works for OIT." If you're not a big fan of reddit or other internet forums, you might be excluded from a lot of conversations, because everyone else is big into that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management did their jobs and managed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Rewarding atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Communications in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Communications in Durham, NC (US)

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, highly motivated. Duke University's high reputation matters, and everyone works to uphold high standards. Benefits are very comprehensive. Forward-looking and stable environment.

    Cons

    Pay not as good as private sector. But still better than public universities. You know going in that a university doesn't have a bonus plan so there's no upside there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently with rank and file staff. Everyone needs to be pulling together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great boss

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, great boss, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    awful pay, very hard to make vertical moves with material increase in pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Generally a good experience

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

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to further your education through employee degree programs and the benefits are very good.The campus is a wonderful environment and the culture is generally supportive of professional development. Additionally, there are very talented students and staff. Definitely a plus when collaboration is needed for project or other types of work.

    Cons

    Work-life was at times challenging, and can be frustrating considering the compensation.

    Recommends
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