North Carolina State University

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North Carolina State University Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
270 Reviews
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270 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work environment is great and you get to travel around North Carolina (in 20 reviews)

  • I don't feel as if the department is super competitive and I have a nice work-life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Since it is a state school, there are a lot of budget cuts happening right now (in 8 reviews)

  • Department politics can affect your experience in the program and/or your lab (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not big on internal recruiting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Carolina State University full-time

    Pros

    Stable work schedule
    Health benefits
    Time -off policies

    Cons

    Hard to change positions
    Decentralized campus

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Carolina State University

    Pros

    Work with smart people and engineers

    Cons

    Timesheets are very annoying to deal with

  3.  

    The University itself is a good community with a challenging and diverse learning environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a good working environment for learning new things about people and the many different cultures.

    Cons

    The benefit package seems to decline every year and salaries for some do not appear to keep up with the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's who you know, quality of work does not matter in non-academic posit, govt job, typically hard to get hired OR fired

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    Current Employee - Housekeeping, Bookstore, Steam Plants in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Housekeeping, Bookstore, Steam Plants in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a govt job so hard to get fired. I am mainly talking about non-academia jobs. As it is a university, in general the work conditions are pleasant except for housekeeping and food service, the very lowest ends of the employment food chain. I worked as temp at bookstore and in steam plants, enjoyed most of people at both. Housekeeping, not so much.

    Cons

    Many incompetent people need to be fired in both mgmt and non-mgmt positions, but this is nearly impossible once hired. Housekeeping mgmt treats employees like meat. You are never doing a good job, you never work fast enough. Pay is low. I was a temp for five years and never could get hired. Except for housekeeping, I was always told I did a good job but although I have applied many times over the years, I cannot get hired perm. This is no liberal university - welcome to the American south, where right-wing politicians run everything and labor is spit upon by both Republicans and Democrats, the most right-wing state govt Democrats in the country. Basically, screw the average person seems to be a nationwide phenomenon in America since Reagan took office and it is getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is not bad. When the day is done, it is done, you go home. Steam plant operators have the worst schedules, working several 12-hour days, always being on call. In genearl, the problem with getting hired being difficult and being fired nearly impossible is an ongoing situation of the public sector that by nature will never be resolved, so no use giving advice for obvious problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant - Physics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at North Carolina State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The department is really friendly. Not a lot of politics.

    Cons

    They are playing the same academic racket as many in academia. Some meaningful work. A lot of senseless coding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check in with advisers to see if they are actually doing a job for students that will benefit them later.

  7.  

    Moderate

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At times the position can be flexible and laid back.

    Cons

    Unreal expectations of staff. In need of more employers to be able to function properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people.

  8.  

    Pleasant place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North Carolina State University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment and academic culture.

    Cons

    Promotions non-existent, benefits very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits need much improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working for NC State can be very different depending on which college/department you work in.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good if you started working for the State of North Carolina before 2003. Pretty good job security. Each office/department/college is different so do not assume any stated about one area of campus will be true for all areas of campus.

    Cons

    The current state government does not value state employment as a whole so we have not received a noticeable pay raise in 7 years. The current state government also has cut funding for higher education each year they have been in office, and plan to do so again in the next year's budget.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worked in the same department for nearly 20 years......

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant/Admin Support Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant/Admin Support Specialist in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at North Carolina State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    increased paid time off every 5 years or so..
    option to attend one course per semester at reduced rate
    Some flexibility depending on department and job duties
    working with students was rewarding most of the time

    Cons

    although eduction assistance is offered, it became increasingly difficult to take advantage of this due to increased work load. Much of this due to recent layoffs due to budget constraints. Remaining positions were required to absorb vacancies. Benefits definitely not what they were several years ago. Raises have been nearly non-existent for several years, again due to state budget constraints. Raises are across-the-board for SPA staff - unless your annual review was below a 3. Banding promised merit increases - which we never saw.
    Difficult to learn about all training options university offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. This seemed impossible - at least in my department, but should be across university as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at North Carolina State University full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with lots of access to different equipment and people with different expertise. Very diverse atmosphere with lots of opportunities for translational research. Lab space built in 2005, so nice facilities with separate lab and office spaces.

    Cons

    Make sure to pick a good advisor that will mentor you. Expectations related both to time commitment and level of independence are higher than appropriate (even for graduate school). Funding is sometimes an issue (but that happens anywhere)

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