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Sparkle
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January 1970

You won't have to work on weekends, and there are interesting people there, but you'll also be around staff who are just phoning it in.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$25k-$50k
Not eligible for bonus
6 paid / unpaid
They used disability benefits to pay for maternity leave. I also used my vacation time. Maybe that's normal?
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Hours, Culture
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It really just depends on what department you land in at Duke University and who is your manager.
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Madam babycakes Staff Assistant, Development
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January 1970

Duke is the largest employer in the county. The University has a diverse workforce but upper management is dominated by white men. Pay is lower than the private sector but job security is the trade off. Benefits and time off are excellent and management is very flexible with schedules and childcare situations. Pay grades are public knowledge with rates posted on the university's internal website. The annual review process is very old school but it holds managers to only rewarding a limited number of employees an "excellent" rating. All others are relegated to acceptable even if their work is superior.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$25k-$50k
$0-$10k
8 hours
None taken
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Madam Snowflake Business Manager, Academic department
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January 1970

I have worked here 16 years. For mid-level administrative workers, the children's college tuition benefit is excellent IF your children attend Duke or any other PRIVATE college/university.

Job Satisfaction Level
3.0
$50k-$80k
$0-$10k
9 hours
None taken
No
Good benefits package.
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Madam anon611 Web Administrator, One of the institues
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January 1970

Duke is touted for great benefits but they only offer 6 weeks of parental leave and only half of that is paid, though you can also use vacation time if you have it. One bad supervisor can make your life a nightmare and there is no accountability, so get references you trust on any potential bosses. Duke is like the wild west (outside of the hierarchical academic structures), made up of many independent fiefdoms. This can be good and bad.

Job Satisfaction Level
1.0
$50k-$80k
$0-$10k
9 hours
None taken
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Everything at Duke varies by department and depend on your individual supervisor. Some are nice, some are awful.
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Madam Dukie
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January 1970

I've worked here for 5 years and while, like most universities, there are a large number of women in the workforce, few of them are in upper administration or tenured faculty roles. Support for family life is completely dependent on the department you work for. Though Duke HR claims to encourage systems like compressed work weeks or working remotely, this is not a reality in most departments here. Faculty receive much better parental leave benefits than staff which can cause strife within departments. The on-campus daycare "benefit" is a joke costing more than similarly ranked daycares in the area (and more than many lower ranked women make at Duke). Women are often paid less than their male counterparts for the same job and same experience levels.

Job Satisfaction Level
4.0
$25k-$50k
$0-$10k
8 hours
3 paid / 9 unpaid
No
If you are either at the start of your career or well-established with older children or no children, it can be a great place to work. Women at the start of their families often get the shaft.

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