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Duke University Reviews

Updated 21 January 2015
Updated 21 January 2015
342 Reviews
4.1
342 Reviews
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Pros
  • A lot of sports events so you have a very good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits, wonderful co-workers (in most jobs) (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • If you do want to work hard, opportunities for advancement are not easy to come by (in 9 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours in the lab (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Assistant and Substitute at Dance Arts Center

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    Former Employee - Assistant in San Carlos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Carlos, CA (US)

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Great one on one opportunities to work with a dance instructor, teach classes, and give students feedback.

    Cons

    Unpaid. Additionally, the time commitment is not as regular as I might have liked it to be - some weeks they would only have one opportunity to assist a class per student.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Solid but little potential for ambitious non-academia professionals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Easy job, security, good benefits

    Cons

    Being in the administrative side of academia has its perks but it's unlikely that you'll move upwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good work-life balance and intellectual community

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    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Staff, Fuqua School of Business in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Love the bright and engaged colleagues and students I work with at Fuqua School of Business
    Good work-life balance
    My work is interesting and intellectually stimulating
    Tuition benefit at Duke is a huge perk that I will take advantage of when my kids reach college age

    Cons

    Salary is on par with other universities, but of course not comparable to private sector
    Career path is very unclear
    Business schools are run like schools, not businesses -- that is, we teach management best practices in the classroom, but do not operate our own institution with the efficiency, innovation, or leadership of a business

    Recommends
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    Duke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    Good benefits, bright students, innovative/fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Known for low salaries, pay for parking, lots of bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Durham, NC (US)

    I have been working at Duke University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, and a good place to do research

    Cons

    People are not very concentrated on work themselves, too much distractions

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    Research Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duke University

    Pros

    Good experience with smart/upcoming people. allowed me to make good connections

    Cons

    Hard to get a position as an external applicant and its difficult to extend position as most are based on grant funding and also limits any chance of "promotion". Work can become monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Working as a graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke University

    Pros

    living cost in durham is quite reasonable

    Cons

    salary as a graduate student is not that much

  9.  

    Great environment and place to grow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate

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

    Pros

    quite place to focus on work

    Cons

    less exciting life style without urban nightlife

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    research assistant

    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Duke University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    incredible research facilities, generally great place to do research, brilliant faculty

    Cons

    highly competitive, lot of people stuck in same position within my lab for 10+ years. parking is abysmal. sf

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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