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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
205 Reviews
3.7
205 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 12 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.  

    The environment is nice, but don't expect a raise in the near future with the present legislature.

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers are great, and there is a laid back atmosphere at the university.

    Cons

    As a TA you will have a hard time making ends meet if you don't live in a modest place and budget wisely, especially if you want to live alone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    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
  3.  

    Environment is great but very bureaucratic, hard to get things accomplished at times.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    Flexible hours. great work life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. Little to no upward mobility.

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  5.  

    Welcoming but Management Issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time

    Pros

    Everyone works really well together within departments.

    Cons

    Management does not communicate. There is no job security and if you do not come in at a high pay raise it is almost impossible to be promoted or get a raise. You do work much more extensive then what you are paid. Certain people are in questionable roles that they do not deserve to be in and do not experience any repercussions for questionable actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communicate with your employees and establish an office culture that reprimands those who do not perform appropriately. Make sure employees are properly compensated for the work they are asked to complete. Make sure employees feel they have security within their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7.  

    good place

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  8.  

    Fun and engaging

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    Government bureaucracy

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  10.  

    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

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11.  

    Great in theory, not in practice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I love what I do and that I get to help students become leaders, adding to the University community. The students are brilliant and creative and generally selfless which makes it a pretty enjoyable job on that end.

    Cons

    Morale on campus and in my particular department is pretty low right now. Pay is incredibly disparate across and even among departments. Professional development is hard to come by and, at least in my department, we are terribly understaffed meaning that we are also terribly overworked. I feel like a lot of effort is being made towards student morale right now, but not towards staff and faculty.

    Approves of CEO

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