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Emory University Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
Emory University – Atlanta – “Outside”

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3.6 249 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Emory University President Jim Wagner

Jim Wagner

(110 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not a cutthroat culture and generally there is a good work/life balance(in 20 reviews)

  • The work environment is quite pleasant(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of room for advancement(in 4 reviews)

  • There was not enough room for growth within the University and the opportunities that arise go rather quickly(in 4 reviews)

249 Employee Reviews
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    Excellent Experience for Future Sales Work

    Student Fundraiser (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    ProsThe working atmosphere makes up for the drudgery of cold-calling for hours on end. With a self-motivating personality there is ample opportunity for raises and bonuses.

    ConsThe opportunities for promotion are very limited. The raise structure is very rigid, with little allotment for subjective review of performance; luck factors into success far too heavily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFilling the seats on the calling floor is important, but many veteran callers are given less opportunities to work because newcomers are taking their spots. Experience is essential for success here so new hires should be added at a slower pace.

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

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    Great research opportunity

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    ProsAccess to a lot of data. Supervision by an experienced researcher. Satisfactory pay scale. Great co-workers.

    ConsHigh expectations in terms of deliverables not commensurate with authority or level of preparation. Research supervisor often busy with numerous projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease provide opportunities to greater numbers.

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

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat People and exceptional tuition reimbursement.

    ConsI wish it was in the North were my family lives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fine place to be a graduate student

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    Proshealth care is great
    as graduate programs go the work life balance is ok
    most advisers are supportive if you don't want to become a PI
    Atlanta is a great city to be in and the campus is nice

    Consno vision, no dental
    department (chemistry) expectations change all the time and vary between divisions
    no recruiters from industry have visited Emory in the past 5 years
    no help finding a job after graduation

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    Some good benefits; still a "higher education" work experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    ProsFairly decent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance. The best benefit by far is the retirement - 403(b) with 6% employer contribution after one year, and they will contribute an additional 3% to your 2% contribution.

    ConsIt's higher education so there are tons of silos. Often there are antiquated processes that never change....paper forms for example or particularly manual processes that could easily be updated with technology to make them easier.

    I am disappointed with the time off - in higher education in another state, because salaries were typically lower than average, they made up for it with extremely generous time off. (Many state universities where I came from averaged 25 days of vacation per year, plus sick time.)

    Emory touts itself for flexible work policies, but I find it's pretty difficult to actually get one of those in place. A lot of my work could be done remotely, but it doesn't seem to be encouraged and you get the impression people think you're not working if you try to take advantage of that.

    No maternity leave whatsoever, which is disappointing in higher education. Other liberal arts institutions frequently offer paid maternity leave (with some restrictions). Here, it's either short term disability or wiping out your paid leave and taking unpaid FMLA time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstitute paid maternity leave! If you truly are a family friendly employer, you would offer this. Or increase the paid time off employees earn. It's disappointing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    It was average, not an exceptional place or work culture

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsNetworking, cafeteria, training, transportation, good employee clinic and health care, educational opportunities, run into celebs like Jimmy Carter, Sanjay Gupta, Salman Rushdie, and the Dalai Lama

    ConsHierarchy, long hiring intervals, expensive parking

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) Rochester, NY (US)

    ProsThere were many PI's who were willing to hire postdocs.

    ConsThere was not support program for postdocs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPostdocs need good program to pursue career goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work if you have a family.

    ConsThe compensation is lower than other companies.

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

     

    Great Research Assistant Opportunities due to large endowment fund

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    ProsThe professors are very helpful.

    ConsIf not a student, the availability of opportunities are quite reduced.

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    Good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood if you're a student worker; many options to apply to
    -Most employers are flexible in their schedule usage
    -Pay is good for someone starting out in colllege

    ConsBe smart of your time as a student.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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