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Emory University Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
294 Reviews
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Pros
  • Not a cutthroat culture and generally there is a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • The work environment is quite pleasant (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much room for advancement in my current role (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great Research University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge research in most fields, large and diverse graduate student body, great transportation system on and off-campus, good pay and benefits. The university has been enjoying a period of expansion in the past few years.

    Cons

    The departments tend to be insulated from one another, while the faculty mostly focuses on their own research, leaving teaching duties to their TAs. (To be fair, this applies to most R1 universities.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was a student assistant as a work-study student. Great experience

    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Overall great environment, they hire the very best because it is such an esteemed institution. Very understanding of the work/ school balance and willing to work around it

    Cons

    Compensation was low, but what do you expect? You're a student assistant. Sometimes I wished I could work more hours, but it's hard to get that due to department budget constraints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice. Keep doing your thing!

  3.  

    Emory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emory University

    Pros

    The diversity of the staff and management is excellent.

    Cons

    There are not any outstanding cons to working with Emory.

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    good

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    learned a lot really a great place to grow and expand the opportunities.
    people are really nice here and are willing to help

    Cons

    the payment is average i guess due to its a part time job instead of a full time job.

    but again, still a great place to start as a student

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    maybe they should give more opportunities to international students who really need an opportunity to make money and have some real life experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It all depends on your boss

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The health benefits are good. Emory is a strong academic institution. There is a lot of good scientific research happening.

    Cons

    As a postdoc here, your lab P.I. has complete power over your hours, work environment, and future opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up some mechanism for students, postdocs, and employees to have a voice other than through the single channel of their lab P.I.

  7.  

    For biomedical researchers, Atlanta is a bigger problem than Emory itself.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    The campus is safe when compared to many medical campus in big cities. Good medical insurance.

    Cons

    (1)Postdocs get salaries below the NIH suggested levels.
    (2)Atlanta is very isolated in the southeast, so the quality of the biomedical research seminars at Emory fall far below its peers on the coasts. And it's almost a desert for biotech/pharma industry, so when most companies tend to hire from local candidates, a postdoc from Emory stands much less chance than a postdoc from Boston.
    (3) Your life quality depends on your PI. You may be lucky to enjoy your life, or you may be pushed towards the end of your nerves. Alternatives are much harder to find when you're confined in Atlanta where resources are scarce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research at Emory

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Emory IT connection is great. You can use one user name to access all core facilities and IT services. Personnel at research core facilities are generally amazing, very knowledgeable and informative. Research resources are great.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic paper work has been increasing and decreased efficiency of research work. Human resource at department of hematology and medical oncology is utterly unhelpful.

    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emory University

    Pros

    Emory provides the opportunity to work in a stimulating intellectual environment, and employees benefit not only from the resources within their individual areas but the broader university culture. Co-workers commonly have supportive relationships, and benefits are comprehensive and affordable.

    Cons

    The salaries for many positions are relatively lower than private industry and support for work-life balance likely depends on your individual working environment.

  10.  

    My experience was great...I was an Emory University employee, but a contractor at the CDC which was an amazing experience and an awesome opportunity to learn a variety of new things.

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    Current Employee - Senior Library Assistant in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Library Assistant in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The CDC is a place where you can learn a plethera of information due to the vast journals, articles, doctors and scientists, you have an opportunity to connct with daily. These people are serious about making the world a healthier, safer place to live and most of them go above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done.

    Cons

    Some days you work extremely long hours. I'm sure this current Ebola situation has some people working 12-16 hour day and night shifts. But the reward comes when your work or research has helped to aid and assist in.solving or diminishing whatver the problem was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should always consider input from office staff at any level. People have the tendency especially in today's market to be employed in aas outside of their normal area of expertise. That's fine, but Management would be amazed sometimes at the. vast knowledge employees have in areas outside of their work experience. I learned early in life that, "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care".....and you would be surprised at how much this reigns true across the board in all areas of business with people from all walks of life. People are apt to do more when they feel appreciated. Thank you goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I would stay for another 12 years if the opportunity presents itself.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexiblity was a plus. We were allowed to work from home once per week (sometimes more if special projects required the attention.). The benefits package is amazing compared to other employers. There are many opportunities for professional and personal development.

    Cons

    Traffic into the Emory area is awaful. Recent Business Process Improvement (BPI) initiatives are consolidating positions; therefore, job security has become questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very disconnected and needs to be trained in performance management and employee motivation techniques.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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