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Duke Clinical Research Institute Project Leader Reviews

Updated Mar 10, 2019

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Duke Clinical Research Institute CEO Lesley Curtis, PhD
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Better Than What You're Seeing Written Here"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to work at a place where there are bright minds working on the best models for conducting research, come here. An academic environment is different-not perfect; if you're a self-starter you'll have opportunities to gain exposure to ideas and learn from the leaders in the field, not just those who post to promote the business. The benefits are fantastic and I've personally had great opportunities and... salary growth. You have some independence and can shape your own team if you're willing to put in the strategy and the sweat. Several years ago a structured personnel management plan and job assessment was put into place, and like all things time is needed to see results. In a period of transition now, and that accounts for some of the postings you're seeing. It's disappointing to see negative reviews at a time of transition; there is, however, clearly room for improvement in some areas. The interim CEO gives one hope...

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    Cons

    I would say there are individuals who make doing your best work difficult, and there's been some needed winnowing of people at higher levels who failed to realize we need to run the place like a business to do the academic work. And conversely, there are also people with limited work experience in other places who think this is bad. I'd say rededicate yourself to making things better and give it a while.

    Advice to Management

    Look hard at who is in the C suite and just below; run the place like a business with an academic mindset. Assess the resources , capacity and fit of projects across the entire institution before you take them on to be sure we can be successful.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-03-11

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    March 20, 2019

    I appreciate your perspective on the things that are working well at the DCRI as well as our opportunities for improvement. The DCRI is embarking on a journey to redefine its service offerings that will further impact the future of clinical research. It’s both a challenging and exciting ...

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Siloed, poor communication, lack of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Work to create a positive innovative work environment.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-03-08
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Interesting research, new policy which allows staff to work remotely, lots of training provided to staff which enables professional growth

    Cons

    Financial uncertainly about the organization. Slow to get rid of negative and mean staff. This month a mean girl supervisor finally left the organization after just over a year during which time she made the lives for many PLs miserable. Mostly the negative vibes and pessimism comes for old guard PLs and site management staff though,

    Advice to Management

    The spotlight seems to be on the financial uncertainty of the organization which is impacting the work and happiness of the staff.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2018-04-16

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    May 1, 2018

    As Senior Director of the Clinical Trials Domain, I would like to thank you for providing feedback on your experience—it is always welcome. I’m certainly pleased to hear that the research, remote work options, and training opportunities are fulfilling both your professional growth ...

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Don’t waste your time"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people help encourage each other and work together because we understand that we have to depend on each other because there is no upper management support.

    Cons

    Management. It’s amazing that this company has lasted this long. I’m convinced that it has only survived because it’s a Duke brand. The upper management in Clinical Operations, specifically the co-directors, alone are a joke. They only see numbers and not the drivers behind the numbers. Studies are extremely underbid then Project Leaders are expected to perform miracles. The site management teams are expected to... do the same or they get talked to by the Project Leader that has a shoestring budget that upper management is fully aware of. Upper management had this bright idea to build a new building in downtown Durham. Prior to this, quite a few groups were moved to the current downtown building. Then they plan to move some of the same folks that they just moved to the current downtown building to the new building then they send out a memo from the CEO basically stating that the budget is strained. It doesn’t take an accountant to figure that one out. Obviously no one thought about the budget before all of the shuffling of people began and if they did think about it they didn’t think about it too long and in detail. The whole move appears to be a cluster mess.

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    Advice to Management

    Go back to a single leaner management structure and hire a Director that first has people skills. The current ones are going to run all of the remaining good employees away and cause you to get poor reviews on this and other sites like it. The current head of HR, Nicole, has done an excellent job over the past 3 years to change the environment at DCRI but when you all implemented this latest structure of... government and commercial trials separately and lead by the current people you made a huge mistake. Find some real leadership (like Maureen Cunningham) because the current so called leaders have reverted back to an atmosphere of backbiting and total unprofessionalism. Take it for what it’s worth before you have more turn over.

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute2018-04-11

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    May 1, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns. It’s never easy to receive feedback of this nature, but as the co-directors of Clinical Operations, we want to assure you that we are not only invested in the success of the department and the Institute, but we are fully committed ...

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Dont waste your time"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a part of Duke

    Cons

    Terrible, terrible, terrible managers and associate directors!!

    Advice to Management

    Better train your managers and associate directors. they are the face of DCRI. Terrible Terrible Terrible!

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2016-01-08

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    February 2, 2016CHRO

    I appreciate your honest feedback. We know there is work to be done to make some necessary improvements. We have been partnering with leadership and staff to identify what we need to do to make positive changes in this area. This is a priority for all of us, and I encourage you to ...

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Leader"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    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

    DCRI Leadership has taken some steps to reorganize and put in place who are good and come from outside. This is a vast improvement from leadership that has been here forever and no real world experience. Biggest advantage of DCRI is that it is part of Duke with great benefits and regular work hours

    Cons

    DCRI Leaders like AD and Directors are here for a long time. Even when the Executive Leadership makes changes, generally the person leaving anoints one of their buddies in place. Any questioning of these leaders will have a big negative impact during performance evaluation time. Race/Religion discrimination is subtle but exists

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2015-09-14

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    September 17, 2015CHRO

    Thank you for posting your concerns. We take any and all employee input we receive very seriously, and I need to emphasize that harassment of any kind is not acceptable at Duke. Duke promotes a respectful and productive work environment and prohibits harassment based upon an individual's ...

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "DCRI"

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    Clinical Trials Project Leader in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute for less than a year

    Pros

    DCRI employees are very nice.

    Cons

    The salary below industry average

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2015-06-26
  8. Helpful (5)

    "great research"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader II in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice place to work and good departmental leadership

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted and limited yearly raised (2-2.25%)

    Advice to Management

    None

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2015-05-04

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    May 27, 2015Executive Director, DCRI

    Thank you for your feedback. It’s great to see our DCRI leaders acknowledged and our standing in the world as the leading academic research organization – great research! We actively cultivate an environment of professional growth and development for everyone at the DCRI. In fact, ...

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "DCRI has potential with its faculty but senior mgmt is inexperienced in organizational leadership and it painfullyshows."

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Used to be flexible and family friendly--not anymore. -Faculty are bright and research areas are very interesting & meaningful. -Used to be a college benefit for your children, not sure if that's available anymore.

    Cons

    -Recent layoffs were inconsistent and there are not enough staff to do the work. -Many poor performers are still there. Despite talk about "managing them out", nothing has changed. Just that more star performers have left and continue to leave. -Management are physicians, not business-trained professionals and it shows. -Intimidation and fear are the current mentality; morale is abysmal. -Business development... group is slow to respond, understaffed, constant turnover. -Mgmt not supportive of remote teams, telecommuting; very old-fashioned mentality. -Organization is too cumbersome to be nimble and responsive in this industry.

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    Advice to Management

    Bring in external auditors to evaluate state-of-the-institute in terms of business practices; pay; mgmt practices, etc. DCRI is very behind-the-times in terms of industry standards for telecommuting, pay, best practices, and current standards in the clinical research field.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2013-11-03
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