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University of North Carolina Reviews in North Carolina

Updated May 31, 2014
Updated May 31, 2014
197 Reviews
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197 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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  1.  

    My job is easy and awesome. Just keep all students, faculty and staff happy as a retail cashier

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    Current Employee - Retail Cashier  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Retail Cashier in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, meeting new people, loyal customers, very fun environment

    Cons

    Getting a day off when your the main one that opens up in the morning can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do better in training their employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    One of the most well equipped universities to complete a postdoc

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    State of the art facilities, plenty of grant money, exciting research. Great people to work with and a great reputation, especially locally.

    Cons

    You are a postdoc. Bottom of the Ponzi scheme that is academia. Long work hours with minimal compensation. However, it is the system that is broken, not the institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for postdocs looking for the next step.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great University

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    My professor I worked under was very kind and understanding. I learned a lot in my time TA-ing and have a better understanding of what professors and TAs are looking for when grading tests and assignments.

    Cons

    Sometimes lectures and recitations and assignments are a little disorganized. Its hard to evenly distribute work between TAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be a bit more fair in terms of how to divide up work between TAs since we're all getting paid the same rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice, laid-back atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - ITS Security Intern  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - ITS Security Intern in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Allows for growth through experimenting with new software and hardware. Lots of learning potential. Manager is very understanding.Don't get pushed to your limits, and has flexible work hours. Gained lots of important exposure into the field of IT Security.

    Cons

    Sometimes I wish I could ask for more work to do just to gain further exposure however I realize this would involve access that is beyond my pay-grade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to interface with the employees and open to suggestions for more growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Staff in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, lovely town

    Cons

    It is a college. So students are its first priority.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great University

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Research is very applied and focused for commercial /industry interests

    Cons

    I haven't come across any cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A great research university in a great town"

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The university is responsive to students and staff. Chapel Hill is a nice community to live in. The region is growing economically. Campus has great cultural resources: music, museums, etc.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to find housing in the area. Salaries are lower than those on the coasts. Worker satisfaction varies from department to department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Enjoyable work environment, not much room for growth for staff

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    Former Employee - Student Services Specialist  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Student Services Specialist in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Loved the environment, my co-workers, the faculty and students. Great challenges, supportive colleagues, never a dull day!

    Cons

    As staff (not faculty), I felt that there was little room for career advancement without completely changing departments and job areas. In 5 1/2 years my salary increases were mostly from legislative action and when those stopped due to the recession, I saw this as a dead-end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More professional development for staff. The University does a much better job in supporting and encouraging the careers of its faculty than it does for SPA staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Flexible job while as an undergraduate, great people

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility with class schedule, opportunities to try new things and gain skills

    Cons

    Unless you ask for some clear responsibilities and project work, it's hard to market the skills you've gained in this job after you graduate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give student assistants the opportunity to gain real skills. Let them see the results of their work so that it can be used after they graduate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to be a graduate student in biomedical sciences

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great resources for students and collegial atmosphere. Excellent core facilities. Fantastic scientific mentors.

    Cons

    Constant construction in the hospital/biomedical campus area for the past several years makes it tough to get around. The situation has gotten better in the past year, though. Job prospects for biomedical trainees are waning, but that's no fault of UNC. They do a good job of communicating the realities to students.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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