Emory University Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
278 Reviews
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278 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not a cutthroat culture and generally there is a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • The work environment is quite pleasant (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • There was not enough room for growth within the University and the opportunities that arise go rather quickly (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Come for a job, stay for a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits
    Stable employment that has long history
    Well known and large in size

    Cons

    Due to its large size and many bureaucracies, it takes a long-long-long time to get a move on in anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small research groups and approachable faculty.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in research areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Health Care on the Rise

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pct/Unit Clerk in Tucker, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Pct/Unit Clerk in Tucker, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Patient Care ...my job is all about the patients

    Cons

    i Love my job, i enjoy meeting different people ,my co-workers and i are team players,and that's why we get the job done,and satisfying the patients is our mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    easy, good hours that are flexible with studying schedule and test dates, friendly people and the pay is not too bad for an on-campus job

    Cons

    sometimes meet difficult patrons when you are working, but nothing too difficult that is really demanding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding employer - best practices, professionalism

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Emory University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This employer prioritizes promotion from within and provides a competitive benefits package, including those for professional development. I was very proud to work there - Emory Healthcare and the graduate academic programs are nationally ranked in the top ten for the nation.

    Cons

    the business/academic units are silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization needs to build in career pathing and more succession management for staff, especially for those below the director level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly helpful staff

    Former Employee - Cataloger in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Cataloger in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Emory University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    i enjoyed my time on the staff; there was respect for everyone.

    Cons

    There was very little upward mobility without additional degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good benefits, non-profit (low) pay, unambitious culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health, dental, 401K match, and other benefits are excellent.
    Colleagues are generally congenial and willing to help you out
    Opportunities for cross-training within departments
    Management supportive of and understanding of desire to move on once you've mastered your current position
    Very relaxed, casual working environment
    Very hard to get a job at Emory, but once you're there, you're set
    Work-life program gives opportunity to propose a schedule that works best for your life

    Cons

    Parking is paid by employee to the tune of $650 per year
    Very limited time off and sick accrual for new employees. Worked at Emory for months before I'd accrued enough for a long weekend
    A lot of "lifers" who aren't passionate about their work or are driven to excellence
    Emory is huge, and your work life can vary considerably from School to Unit
    Terrible employee annual review process. Overly long with very little chance for a raise that makes a difference
    While you technically everybody is elligible for a raise every six months, nobody gets one. Raises happen once per year.
    No holiday bonus.
    Everyone seems to start on the low end of a salary grade (the minimum). Haven't heard of anyone being offered at the "midpoint" grade, even with years of experience.
    Very high competition for administrative assistant and program coordinator positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of people who are just hanging out in their current position but don't move the department forward.
    Be consistent and remember that you are an example. If you want certain things from your employees, make sure they see you doing them, too.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A decent place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Programs in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Programs in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Emory University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you really enjoy your job this is a good place to work. The benefits are great, the learning environment is great. It is located in a nice area. And there are plenty of opportunities to advance throughout the university.

    Cons

    Even though it is a private university there is still a lot of bureaucracy, which stifles the working environment. This is allows for more political decisions rather than decisions that are made in the best interest of the mission and goals of the department and/or university. Also, It seems teleworking and other work-life benefits are only allowed for a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on productivity than on just being busy. Does sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day 5 days a week increase productivity? Or would allowing for more of a work-life balance increase productivity?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Residence Life and Housing is great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Emory University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong teamwork environment, open to receiving feedback, supportive of programming ideas, always able to collaborate with other offices and programs on campus

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times which makes getting a task done a bit more difficult/time-consuming, there is always tons of paperwork which feels like it takes away from completing projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on paperwork would leave more time to programming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive, growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Emory University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place for a postdoc, lots of opportunity for growth and interaction across disciplines. Good benefits helpful administration staff

    Cons

    easy to get lost in the crowd, must be self advocate. Chair-person inaccessible to trainees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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