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Duke Clinical Research Institute CEO Lesley Curtis, PhD
Lesley Curtis, PhD
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Pros
  • "9 to 5 job with great work life balance(in 31 reviews)

  • "DCRI is a great company to work for(in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "What you end up with are the people who are complacent and less interested in change and the big ideas DCRI has for its future(in 24 reviews)

  • "Upper management had this bright idea to build a new building in downtown Durham(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "So much untapped potential! DCRI could be THE company...But"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall DCRI is a great place to work - the benefits are fantastic, the work/life balance and schedule flexibility is great, usually good job security/stability (aside from upcoming RIF/Layoff), numerous discounts for products and services in the Raleigh-Durham area, lots of training and development opportunities via programs and conferences offered by Duke University and the Hospital, will pay for you to attend local...

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    Cons

    The problem (and this is said with love) is that there is so much potential for this company to be exceptional on so many fronts, but they consistently fail to fully tap into that potential. whether it is forgetting to fully leverage the skills of their staff, taking on too many poorly organized/poorly funded and poorly written study protocols, being slow to improve and modernize work processes so that they are more...

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    Advice to Management

    Despite the unfortunate round of layoffs, please don't lose sight of one of your biggest assets and what sets this company apart from a lot of the CROs (aside from the thought leaders and connection to academia) and that is the culture. Although the company is restructuring (or whatever HR buzzword is cool right now), the vibe we used to have that encouraged learning, recognition of employees, training/support,...

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-05-29

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    June 3, 2019Sr. Writer and Content Strategist

    Thank you for such a thoughtful response. We can tell that you really do love the DCRI. We believe the DCRI is at an inflection point that demands transformative change. That’s why, under the direction of our Interim Executive Director, Lesley Curtis, we launched a strategic ...

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Strategy is Non existent, but they constantly talk about it"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    DCRI permanent Full time employees receive Duke University pay & benefits. Which are great in many ways (403B plan, Insurance options), BAD in many others.. Work life balance is good for some, horrible for others.

    Cons

    Duke Health has become too big for any strategy to work for most departments, Duke School of Medicine, (SOM) of which DCRI is a part, is in debt and failing to retain the best professors or residents. Not to mention the huge negative press for many research fraud cases and just general mismanagement. DCRI has lost their magic pitches...

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    Advice to Management

    Cut your losses, since you just made that HUGE layoff last week, over 20% of your full time workforce~ WOW ! hope you all make it better, because CROs are killing you in the biz world !! Stop the nepotism ! makes you look bad and old fashioned to say the least. and No Lesley, no need to respond to this message. Bye.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-06-04

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    June 5, 2019Sr. Writer and Content Strategist

    Thank you for your input. The DCRI recently launched a strategic planning effort in response to changes occurring across the clinical research industry. Among other transformative measures, this planning determined that the DCRI needed to reduce its staff to align the size of its ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible few years"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Trials Specialist in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great resume builder for starting out career

    Cons

    Outdated technology, unhappy employees, horrible pay. Way too many instances of people who have worked here 20+ years and get away with whatever they want. Employees who produce quality work are not valued. No real opportunity for career growth. Management takes advantage of employees. RIF was announced in Januery 2019- people were not let go until June 2019 - 5 months of stressed out employees is a very bad thing and...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on innovation- management HATES new ideas... even though DCRI claims innovation as one of their "5 values". LISTEN to your employees and make actual changes. The "way it's always been done" is no longer a valid excuse for sub-par work.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-06-04

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    June 5, 2019Sr. Writer and Content Strategist

    Thank you for providing your thoughts and sharing your experience. We strive to strike a balance in all areas -- honoring our team members’ experience, offering growth and development opportunities, transparency, and implementing innovative ideas in a clinical research environment. ...

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  4. Helpful (8)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager 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

    Good benefits and work from home with tuition support

    Cons

    DCRI is about to have another layoff due to poor management and bad finances. It is not a healthy place to work at this time

    Advice to Management

    The good people are leaving as part of this announcement and the dead wood stays, one of the worst places I have ever worked

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-02-20

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    February 22, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your input. We are proud to provide our employees with numerous benefits, including flexible work arrangements, that traditional companies typically do not offer. At this time, there are transformative changes occurring at the Institute as we undertake a robust ...

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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Dysfunctional & Unhealthy Environment"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor/Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * The mission...if you can ever deliver on it with accuracy and on-time which is rare. * The health care coverage and PTO are good. However they tout all the other "benefits" they feel compensates for the lower pay scale such as children tuition assistance but if you don't have children, this is a meaningless benefit.

    Cons

    * No strategic vision or plan for DCRI or within the departments * Siloed work groups - lack of true collaboration * The pay is a joke. Well below the average for this area. 2% annual raise across the board (if you're lucky) and no bonuses. * Constant disputes among the Senior leadership team - everyone has their own agenda. No cohesive goal or vision. * Unrealistic expectations...

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    Advice to Management

    * DCRI was run so long as a Mom & Pop shop. This cannot continue if DCRI wants to remain IN business let allow be competitive. * Stop appointing people into the Senior Leadership position that don't have any knowledge and experience running a business or the area they are suppose to be in charge of and who do NOT know how motivate and lead people. * Change the pay structure to hire and retain competent people -...

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    Duke Clinical Research Institute2019-01-04

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    January 14, 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Every day, DCRI’s faculty and staff are focused on developing and sharing knowledge to improve patient care through innovative clinical research. To achieve our mission and plan for a vibrant future, we recognize the need to ...

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  6. "Lead Programmer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Lead Programmer Analyst in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    DCRI is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2018-09-20
  7. "So far behind on technology"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Friendly People, Independent Work

    Cons

    I've been at DCRI for over 2 years. The technology employed by the group is 20-25 years behind any current technology. There is no incentive for employees to get training on new technologies. Applications designed for internal users get no support due to "Issues" with who is going to pay for upgrades and support. I've never seen a company not support internal users to the degree...

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    Advice to Management

    There is no advice which management would listen to. I've worked in extremely large companies and am used to making sure, that employess have the best tools to do their jobs. The only advice I could give is Re-Evaluate your priorities

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2018-09-06
  8. Helpful (10)

    "The execs don't care about the employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice perks overall w/being part of Duke. Great benefits, especially the PTO and reasonable health insurance plans. Good learning environment and opportunity to continue education.

    Cons

    Very toxic place to work at all levels and all departments. The execs put on a fake show but do not truly care about the happiness or success of individuals. They only care about their own advancement and money in their pocket. DCRI pretends to be this great research academic org but behind the scenes it is a very unorganized place. If you are not part of the click or in...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches and stop promoting horrible employees that are not qualified to manage people!!

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2017-09-13
  9. "Professional Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The DCRI has a well-deserved excellent reputation. Everyone I worked with was incredibly capable . Accomplishment and achievement are celebrated by all levels of management.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take a long time to get deserving projects approved and budgeted.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2017-09-11
  10. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Best reasons for working at DCRI Work life balance and opportunity to work remotely. Collaborative and friendly environment. DCRI encourages and provides opportunities for supporting the Durham community.

    Cons

    You must ride the bus or pay for parking.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute2017-07-25

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    September 22, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience. We always strive to find ways to create a healthy working environment that supports our employees including fostering a culture of work-life balance and providing the opportunity to work remotely. Also, giving back to our local community—whether ...

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