By Leanora Minai
June/July 2017 Issue
A Best Employer
By now, you may have heard that Forbes named Duke University one of "America's Best Employers," ranking the university 27th of 500 large institutions and companies across 25 industries.
For the 2017 ranking, American workers were asked how likely they were to recommend their employer to family and friends and what other employers they would recommend.
We posted news of the Forbes recognition on the Working@Duke Facebook page and asked employees to share their favorite part of working at the University or Health System.
Overnight, more than 100 employees shared what they love about working at Duke.
"Tomorrow marks my 32nd anniversary," said Rhonda Painter Mooney, a financial management analyst III. "Love the people and that we all make a difference in patients' lives, whether we're direct patient care or behind doors."
"The opportunity for both professional and personal growth have been beyond what I imagined," said Michael Palko, an informatics educator with Duke Health Technology Solutions "I've grown as an instructional designer and picked up a photography hobby along the way."
"There aren't many places that can say they have had the same core staff for 10+ years! But the Duke Law Admissions & Financial Aid office can!" said Ebony Freeland Bryant, associate director of Student Affairs for Duke Law.
Reading through the responses got me thinking about what I value about working at Duke as I approach my 13th anniversary this year. Here are several of my favorite aspects.
World-class healthcare. When I suffered a partial tear in my foot's plantar plate from running, Duke Dr. Samuel Adams diagnosed the issue and got me on the road to recovery. With Duke's medical plan, I have peace of mind.
Equitable, progressive policies. As part of its commitment to diversity, Duke extended benefits for many years to the same-sex partners of eligible faculty and staff when the right to marry did not exist. For a while, my wife Heather was on my Duke health plan. Duke's commitment to an inclusive workplace is something I'm proud to be a part of.
Tuition reimbursement. With Duke's $5,250 annual reimbursement, I'm pursuing a master's degree in liberal studies at Duke. So far, I've been introduced to French female author George Sand. I read my first Margaret Atwood book and then two more. I learned about the history of photography. And I've confronted scary questions in an aging and death class.
Vacation time. A generous time away benefit has allowed me to travel to Morocco, where I camped in the desert and marveled at the Milky Way.