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Old 10-05-2019, 12:16 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I dated an ultrasound tech a few years back who worked in one of the main hospitals, and they didn't actually work for the hospital. They worked for a separate local firm who specialized in diagnostic imaging, and were contracted by the hospital to provide personal inside the hospital. I suggest you ask around to see if this might still be the case.
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Old 10-05-2019, 09:20 AM
Location: Santa Clarita, California
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Great info. Thanks so much!
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:04 PM
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I've worked at Duke for 4 years and truly enjoy it. It's not perfect, but I make a better salary than I did in Pennsylvania, comparable to a similar position in Texas, and there are some good career opportunities. I work at the main campus, the Raleigh campus, and an outpatient clinic in Durham, all with pros and cons - yes, it is a little crazy I go to three locations but that's a unique situation, not typical for most people.

While my salary may be less than UNC (haven't compared to know for sure, don't know how to compare really), Duke's benefits are overall great. My health insurance is half the premium of my husband's at a different company and my healthcare costs are super low thanks to a good plan. Duke will pay actually a good amount for employee's children's college via a grant, info can be found on the HR website. Duke contributes what amounts to about 10% of your income to the 403(b) with you only putting in 1%, which is just ridiculously good. Pensions are fine, but there are more rules as to what happens with them when you die, whereas 401k/403b plans can keep earning money in investments even once you're gone and I feel like there is more personal control. My two cents regarding that option.
Turnover varies depending on where you are, but in general, despite the challenges inherent to healthcare, people seem to be pretty happy.

My least favorite thing is parking at the main campus! But it's doable and, depending on your location, may be a non-issue. Change can take a long time because it's a giant system, but there are a lot of good people and I enjoy it. I have no basis of comparison for other health systems in the Triangle, but I would be comfortable being a patient at Duke and to me, that says a lot. Thanks for reading my long list of thoughts!
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:01 AM
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We've had nothing but positive experience at Rex, and all the employees seem happy. WakeMed, not so much.
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