University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Work - life balance is at its best (in 11 reviews)

  • Chapel Hill is a beautiful place to live (in 14 reviews)

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  • State budget cuts often result in zero percent salary increases (nope, not even cost of living) (in 8 reviews)

  • No raises no matter how hard you work (in 7 reviews)

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  1. In the EHS Dept - the inmates are running the asylum, a lot of turnover for good employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Will provide a lot of training to new employees. You can gain experience across a wide variety of environments and situations, however sometimes they can be dangerous.

    Cons

    Huge career opportunities for yes men and if the Director likes you. She may make suggestive comments if you are a young male. There are several destructive personalities there. It can be a little like being in a portal to hell if you get the wrong manager. Different rules for "special people".

    Advice to Management

    Get medication or psychological help! Ever wonder why you keep needing team building activities and losing good employees?


  2. Lost in a sea of self-fulfilling agenda pushing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The general academic schedule (busy Aug-May, but nice holiday breaks, slower in summer) and culture; ample opportunities for personal growth (trainings, workshops, common interest groups); good enterprise communications via email ListServs

    Cons

    Lack of interdepartmental professional collaboration (Ivory Towers rise high with lots of space in between); The people tend to worry only about themselves, their own work, and how you can contribute to their worth rather than the organization; Steering committees are not quality assurance mechanisms, but are the means by which personal agenda are advanced

    Advice to Management

    This is a PUBLIC higher education institution, not a PRIVATE corporation. Different foundations, philosophies, and core management principles should be applied. The bottom line should never be about profit margins, but about serving the community.....with integrity.


  3. Good opportunities for junior research personnel (non-faculty), but not for mid-level or senior level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus. If you seek a very layback working environment or you just need to gain couple years experience and leave for good, it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Terrible HR, poor pay for mid-senior level research personnel. HR handle benefit horribly, missing benefit input for new employee, wrong confidential profile information (SSN) entry for existing employee and messy leaving handling for former employee. There is no personal growth and productivity in this university.

    Advice to Management

    Replace these administrative staff and HR who do nothing but just have been waiting for retirement everyday.


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  5. Business Services Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employer offers flexible scheduling. The location is nice.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible, salaries are low, limited opportunity for advancement, leadership is poor

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. A great place to get an education or retire, but not much else

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful training and development programs (if your supervisor and work schedule permit your attendance). There are lots of perks to working at a top-tier public University; access to great performances and speakers (free or low cost); wonderful libraries; tuition waivers for 2 classes per year; access to great exercise facilities. There tends to be a lot of flexibility on campus, which is great for work/life balance and the extended winter holiday break is a boon!

    Cons

    There is an obvious lack of management training, which can lead to very hit or miss experiences for employees. Communication from upper administration trickles down to employees at a pretty slow rate. If you're coming from the private sector, be prepared for lots of bureaucracy. Not many upwardly mobile career opportunities for younger employees. Salaries offered are often well below market rate (unless you work in a department with external funding). Benefits offerings are not at all competitive. The best and brightest employees often move on to better paying institutions as quickly as possible. State budget cuts often result in zero percent salary increases (nope, not even cost of living).

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication and competitive salaries would greatly help to improve employee morale.


  7. one step above a teacher's college with a pretention of becoming a tier 2 research institution

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Wilmington, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus. Litteraly at the beach Lots of new buildings

    Cons

    -In 6 years I have had, 2 deans, 4 Chairs and we have lost 10 Full time faculty including 2 full professors, 6 Juior Faculty and several full time Instructors. -They strive for mediocrity. -No Raise for 5b years, and then only 1.5 % -Inconsistency in tenure process, they move the carrot far too much and base it on popularity. -Lots of Machiavellian political manipulation .

    Advice to Management

    Management must make a decision to minimize the impact of student outrage when they do not achieve the grades they feel they should have earned or are confronted with "tough love." Stop the inmates form running the asylum.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Dedication, long unexpected hours to porr management for low pay and no advancement.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    To be in a background chocked full of research ideas and with others that enjoy the venture of scientific inquiry.

    Cons

    The pay is awefull and does not support a family well. No checks and balances on supervision so some supervisors are great while the others that are not never get any better as there are no incentives.

    Advice to Management

    HR should evaluate employee happiness using a venue such as this.


  9. UNC-chapel Hill as a postdoctoral training place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    not enough space to work

    Advice to Management

    need to focus on research more


  10. Management not living up to University's reputation as first rate institution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    highly respected institution, State retirement benefits

    Cons

    No growth opportunity in my discipline; senior management in my division lacks respect for professional staff and is short sighted in meeting organizational goals

    Advice to Management

    respect the dedicated staff who have the professional skills, experience and institutional knowledge to successfully maintain and enhance the University's facilities and protect the safety and welfare of its students, faculty & staff



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