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Duke Clinical Research Institute Reviews

Updated 3 April 2019
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Duke Clinical Research Institute Interim Executive Director Lesley Curtis, PhD
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Pros
  • "9 to 5 job with great work life balance" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Flex time, great benefits, fair pay" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "You must ride the bus or pay for parking" (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Durham, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Friendly people. Not much micro-management.

    Cons

    Decline in events/activities, potential lay-offs, older technology


  2. "Good to work if you are in"

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    Former Employee - Cta
    Former Employee - Cta
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, plenty of training, people

    Cons

    Good work doesn't always turn into a promotion. More who you know.

  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I worked at Duke Clinical Research Institute part-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot of research techniques

    Cons

    somewhat disorganized at times, but overall a great experience


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Better Than What You're Seeing Written Here"

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

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

    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 Institute Response

    20 Mar 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... More


  5. "GREAT place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant in Durham, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, great benefits, fair pay

    Cons

    A lot of turnover and recently facing lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    I respectfully decline to tell management how to do their job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place in the world to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is reasonably competitive

    Cons

    The physicians are arrogant and egotistical. Obviously this doesn’t apply to all the physicians but is a fair generalization. After all, these are tenured professors at the Duke School of Medicine so they think they are way better than anyone else and behave that way. There’s a bullying culture that will never is eradicated. Many staff at the senior management level have been given positions for which they are certainly not qualified because of the fawning relationships they have cultivated with some of the most influential physicians. This is an awful place to work!

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    9 Apr 2019

    We are disappointed to hear that your experience has not been positive. Trust and respect are core values at the DCRI, and we strive to create a working environment in which all employees model these... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader
    Current Employee - Project Leader
    No opinion of CEO

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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not a shadow of what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance, respectful environment

    Cons

    Poor employees have been allowed to languish for years and it is impossible to get rid of them no matter how bad they are. The good people have left or are leaving due to carrying the dead weight plus little support from management. Arrogant, unethical executive leadership have run the place into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Re- examine the executive leadership. It is the good old boys club. The same people that have made bad choices remain in charge. Certain people are on every executive committee. Major conflict of interest. Get some objective people who have been in the industry recently. You can’t keep riding on the innovation of years ago. DCRI has outdated technologies and tools, not to mention the culture that is resistant to change.

    Duke Clinical Research Institute Response

    6 Mar 2019

    Thank you recognizing that the DCRI offers a respectful environment with great benefits and sought after work-life balance. We agree there is room for improvement and are undertaking a comprehensive... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duke Clinical Research Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good environment for learning and growth

    Cons

    organization not doing well recently


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Durham, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Durham, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    22 Feb 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... More