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Duke Clinical Research Institute Lead CRA Reviews

Updated 21 Jan 2019

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Duke Clinical Research Institute Executive Director Adrian Hernandez
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Needs some major improvements"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great. The ability to work from home either part time or full time and they really try to keep a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent training for new employees. PM & SM continuously blaming each other. Consistently underbidding projects with sponsors. The constant threat of financial instability.

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and suggestions. We are happy to hear that you feel the DCRI provides a good working environment that offers opportunities for learning and growth. As a mission-driven academic research organization, we believe that supporting professional growth fosters a community of excellence and continuous improvement. DCRI has been proactively and systematically driving change in the way we work—processes, technology, and organizational structure—to meet our needs and that of our sponsors. This commitment to change extends to finding better ways to work together, train employees, and set expectations. Please know that we are listening. I would welcome the opportunity to meet and talk through your concerns. Pam Buchholz, Senior Director, Clinical Trials

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of workplace gossip. Promotions are hard to come by. Parking is expensive.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Senior CRA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CRA in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    9 to 5 job with great work life balance.

    Cons

    No standard processes across the board. Each project has its own set of processes. Training is non-existent or lacking. Managers are terrible about communicating. If you ask too many questions, they assume you are not qualified and it will be a black mark against you. They say they are a collaborative environment but they ding you for asking questions.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great Mission but poor middle management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great mission, compensation good, good people, fantastic benefits

    Cons

    staff are not held accountable for getting the work done; nepotism and favoritism

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for providing your valuable feedback. It is wonderful to hear that you feel that DCRI is a great place to work, specifically noting the great mission, good people, good compensation, and fantastic benefits. However, it’s concerning to hear that you feel that there is a lack of accountability, nepotism, and favoritism as it does not align with our values, nor our workplace behaviors, both of which are foundational to our success. Our ability to fulfill our mission is dependent on us all working together toward a common goal, and accountability relies on teamwork, excellence, and respect. Please be assured that we are driving a concerted effort to focus on the development of our leaders—from the top down and across the organization. I hope that the actions we are taking will result in an outcome that will help alleviate your frustrations and make your experience at the DCRI one that you can continue to be proud of. Baljit (Boo) Samra, Chief Operating Officer

  5. "Inconsistencies in Processes"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits (excluding compensation), work/life balance

    Cons

    constantly getting different answers about the simplest of matters (no consistent processes), poor communication between departments, severe micromanagement and focuses on less important details/ overall processes

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. Having consistency in our processes is important to our employees, and we have made it a priority as part of our ‘Operational Optimization’ initiative. We've increased our focus on improving communications across DCRI (especially cross functionally), evolving our Quality Management system and enhancing our continuous process improvement activities. This has included implementing groups such as Operational Excellence and Quality By Design to help maximize operational efficiencies and quality. Baljit (Boo) Samra, COO, DCRI

  6. Helpful (1)

    "CRA"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute

    Pros

    Benefits and educational benefits are great

    Cons

    No room to grow within the organization

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    CHRO

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. Creating more opportunities for career growth is important to our employees, and we have made it a priority. We've increased our focus on education and development activities, including allocating more resources within groups to help pay for specialized training or skill building. To help employees grow into management roles, we now have a series of courses that help build new skills around managing others. We also continue to evolve how we conduct performance evaluations so that managers and employees can better collaborate on career development plans. I appreciate hearing from you! -Nicole Hedrick, Chief Human Resources Officer

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lead CRA"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead CRA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    events associated with Duke(basketball games, Duke gardens etc)

    Cons

    unrealistic Sponsor expectations, high workload, no support from CTMs, Unethical PLs

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Gone to hell"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with faculty and KOLs. Comfortable building with attached parking. Great co-workers. Opportunity to travel nationally and internationally. Good insurance, retirement, and other benefits.

    Cons

    Culture completely changed over years from one that sought to educate, train, and recognize accomplishments to one of intimidation and threats. Lost the benefit of increased flexibility and potential for exposure to faculty and cutting edge research for lower pay. Project Leaders overall HORRIBLE managers and primarily interested in shifting work to team to look good and then not support the team. Things began to go down hill when Rob Califf and Debra Roth left and accelerated decline since. New management in 2012 worst decision ever! Very, very sad and disappointing.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Gone to the dogs"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Parking close by

    Cons

    I worked at DCRI for over 10 years. I use to be proud of letting people know I was part of the DCRI. Last year new management came it and everything went down hill. There is no respect for those employees who are not managers and people have been leaving anywhere from 5-10 people a week. Workplace is very hostile and the few people that are remaining are in fear of losing their job. Individuals are being targeted and harassed on a daily basis. The sad thing is those individuals there are leaving have been part of the DCRI for more than 5, 10 15, 20 or more years . These individuals had the knowledge and experience of how research is done correctly. The new management do not want to hear anything employees have to offer. It does not bother management that they are losing so many good employees. Management at DCRI is now being ruled with any iron fist. DCRI once was a place where individuals looked forward to coming to work every day and went above and beyond the call of duty

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Negative changes going on at DCRI"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead CRA in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    All the pros of working at DCRI are now going away. DCRI is striving to become as toxic as industry CROs. The pros of reasonable work hours and work/home life balance is now going away.

    Cons

    * pitiful pay raises (which used to be balanced by reasonable work hours and ability to have a work/home life balance) * new management came from industry and is ruining DCRI * unreasonable deliverable time lines and expectations

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