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Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
192 Reviews

3.7
192 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Chapel Hill is also a great place to live and work -- very high quality of life (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The recession hit the University hard, but it seemed like they were taking the budget cuts out on the lowest paid employees (in 8 reviews)

  • No raises for faculty in five years and none are on the horizon (in 7 reviews)

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33 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    An experience that has left me with new skills but also knowledgeable about the things I DON'T want for my next position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Little supervision in the sense that I didn't someone breathing down my neck all the time, but always able to find someone if I needed to ask questions or get feedback. Collaboration between programs and research centers was invaluable. Great benefits as an EPA employee (almost 5 weeks vacation!).

    Cons

    Academia. Other centers may be different than the one I worked for, but I will never work in academia again. Too much thinking and not enough actually making a difference in people's lives.
    With academia also comes the rigid hierarchy. Unlike public agencies on the county or state level, a master's degree is not respected when working with MDs and PhDs.
    Because you are a state employee working at UNC, your opportunities for raises are small. Some flexibility if there is extra money in a grant but otherwise, we've seen very small raises the last few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A typical graduate student experience

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Just like other PhD student salary, at least in the bio area. You can live ok with the stipend in chapel hill area.
    The TIBBS often send out "Jobs, Postdocs, and Other Opportunities" emails to students and post-docs.

    Cons

    Benefit sucks, insurance package is not good. Not just the RA/TA insurance, my staff friends/coworkers told me their previous jobs provide much better benefit and insurance package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun and engaging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    fun and exciting atmosphere, people are excited about the research they are doing; very collaborative environment and share resources; people are willing to help

    Cons

    change can be a slow moving process, caught up in bureaucratic red tape; like most university jobs, can be underpaid

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good place

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Instructor in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    nice co-workers, good atmosphere, work-life balance

    Cons

    not challenge enough to update your knowledge. almost do the same routine

  6.  

    Government bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    state government job.. good place to retire.. nice pension

    Cons

    state government job.. lots of inefficiency.. pay is ridiculous low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Job didn't last as long as I was promised

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    Former Employee - Applications Analyst  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    I worked with a great group of people in a fantastic work environment. I was told the job would last several years.

    Cons

    The job barely lasted a year. No raises because of the State Legislature. Office of Human Resources has no idea what they are doing, so try to work with the individual department if at all possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a total overhaul of the Office of Human Resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great clinical staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Epic Trainer  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Epic Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    The labor and delivery unit is fantastic

    Cons

    As a contractor, there aren't many future opportunities available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have someone there to meet the after go-live needs of your staff...someone they are comfortable with and someone who is knowledgable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice Area

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Good place to work with countless professionals.

    Cons

    Pay can be pretty poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Students are your core so stop making them just a dollar sign.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Postdoctoral education but no opportunities to advance.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Very energetic and collaborative surroundings. Good campus.

    Cons

    Low pay. Lack of support in developing a career path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Postdoc at UNC

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Many great investigators. Several cores to share the work-load. Salary ok. Great environment for postdocs with a interactive postdoc forum. Great city to raise a family.

    Cons

    Job opportunities limited regarding assistant professor advancement within the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring talent from within the University.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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