University of North Carolina

  www.northcarolina.edu
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

University of North Carolina Reviews

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 188 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Carol L. Folt

(16 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Chapel Hill is also a great place to live and work -- very high quality of life(in 10 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)

10 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Business Services Coordinator

    Business Service Coordinator (Current Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsEmployer offers flexible scheduling. The location is nice.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

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

    Human Resources Professional (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsWonderful 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!

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementImproved communication and competitive salaries would greatly help to improve employee morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

    1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible; will never work for them again. Culture of fear and intimidation.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosstate institution....honestly I'd work for a non-profit instead.

    ConsMost departments do not care about employees, and in the academic arena there is a culture of hiding behind academic language to endorse unethical behavior. They treat dissenters or students who require actual assistance as a problem, and hide behind the honor code to target vulnerable employees/students.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

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

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee) Wilmington, NC

    ProsBeautiful 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

    1 person found this helpful  

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

    Research Specialist (Current Employee) Chapel Hill, NC

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementHR should evaluate employee happiness using a venue such as this.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    UNC-chapel Hill as a postdoctoral training place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chapel Hill, NC

    Prosnice people to work with

    Consnot enough space to work

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to focus on research more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chapel Hill, NC

    Proshighly respected institution, State retirement benefits

    ConsNo 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 Senior Managementrespect 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Not as expected, but glad I did

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee)

    ProsThe opportunity to work at the flagship UNC system university that is well known and well respected throughout the state. Looks great on the resume/vita.
    Though the opportunity for career growth is limited, the opportunity to gain a variety of skills is a huge plus.

    ConsOperates much like any other large governmental agency - policitics - who you know and how you know them. Make NO enemies, be-friend everyone, and watch your own back. Management, PI, co - workers or human resources will not help you. Succeed and everybody wins, fail - fail alone!

    Advice to Senior ManagementSay what you mean and mean what you say. Treat your staff equally; for example if X can work from home, Y can too - no exceptions! Stop letting staff go at the end of a grant cycle, only to hire someone else when the next one starts. We know and it hurts!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    frustration on all fronts

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits pretty campus close to home

    Consbad morale and state run with more budget cuts to hit and no raises last few years except for senior staff and faculty and none to come

    Advice to Senior Managementstop hiring more and more senior staff and faculty while no new support staff or program staff are hired in the schools and central university offices that makes a result of overloading "worker bees" that can't continue to be dumped with more and more to then be told they are not keeping up from supervisors that have ZERO increase in duties or responsibilities!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosit is ok if you are a young person seeking for future without expectation without worrying too much about your future

    Consnot very good for benefit not good for career development not good for medical insurance not good for retirement no recommandation

    Advice to Senior Managementgive people more hope to development, more benefit for job, more enjoyment for work, more care for personal life, more return for their work

Worked for University of North Carolina? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.