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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
217 Reviews
3.8
217 Reviews
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University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol L. Folt
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Reasonable cost of living (having lived in Midwest and West coast) in Chapel Hill/Carrboro areas (in 14 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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Business Services Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Terrible; will never work for them again. Culture of fear and intimidation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Most 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Wilmington, NC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    UNC-chapel Hill as a postdoctoral training place

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    not enough space to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to focus on research more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not as expected, but glad I did

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Operates 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 ManagementAdvice

    Say 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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    frustration on all fronts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    benefits pretty campus close to home

    Cons

    bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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