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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
217 Reviews
3.8
217 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Clinical Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Social Clinical Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the team of people you're working with, but I have been lucky. The PI I was working with gave me a great deal of atonomony and has a great team of motivated smart people working for her. I have had the opportunity to work on several of the PIs studies, and have learned so much about the world clinical/social research. Overall it's been a fantastic job.

    Cons

    People generally stay in the UNC system for too long, and become apathetic or negative. In reasearch there are lots of ebs and flows to the work, so there are periods where there is very little to do. There is also little room for growth unless you have a PhD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Supportive environment for postdoctoral training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    There is actually an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs where postdocs can go to get advice on such topics as resumes/CVs, interviewing strategies, and grant writing. The OPA often puts together events in conjunction with other organizations on campus (e.g., NC Tracs, or other academic institutions) that are usually free (or low cost) such as career fairs or career development symposiums).

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

    As a whole, UNC exhibits a collegial atmosphere that enables postdocs to pursue multidisciplinary research.

    Cons

    To get the most out of medical insurance, you're encouraged to go to the student health center, which may not always provide the best care. Coverage for dental insurance is an extra cost. Out-of-pocket expenses for basic dental care at UNC are about $200 unless you're fortunate enough to win in the lottery for a free basic check up for which students and staff enter for a drawing.

    Parking on campus is also very expensive yet limited in terms of the number of parking spaces and parking areas available to postdocs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more in-person sessions for postdocs that discuss retirement and health benefits. Consider subsidizing some of the costs for dental insurance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Office of Classroom Support review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Somewhat laid back, they will work with your class schedule to get you what hours you want. Good IT support experience. Can learn a lot about software, hardware and audiovisual support here.

    Cons

    As a student worker, you are limited to a maximum of 20 hours during the semester. Also, the student position got paid very little but I believe that is changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    research assistance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    great university for metrology research work

    Cons

    there is no cons about the program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked as a histologist and tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    benefits , people. and the job was really fun

    Cons

    parking and waiting for bus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good people and work with them on advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place, difficult environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great fellow faculty, wonderful students.

    Cons

    Tend to promote outstanding academics who are clueless with how to lead, manage and serve as the administrator for a program. Another real threat to this great university is a clueless legislature who seem to be singularly focused on gutting the essential funding to primary, secondary and higher education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit input from your faculty and pay attention to the input.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Get to know the department's environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grants Manager, Accountant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Grants Manager, Accountant in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Overall, this is a great Univeristy to work for. It shows great appreciation for its employees.

    Cons

    My department's environment was great however, there was no potential to grow within that particulat environment. Everyone seems stuck in their current role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Has a whole, I have no advise for the University.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    Good location with good opportunities and plenty of support. Department was very encouraging

    Cons

    Low pay and lack of work-life balance

  10.  

    Professor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    Great hours and pay!
    Wonderful students to teach.

    Cons

    Really dont have any negative things to say!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for IT at UNC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time

    Pros

    A lot of positive customer interactions, exposure to interesting problems, and supportive managers.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are very anal about rules and makes the workplace very overbearing. The pay is terrible (7.25/hr) and raises are given in .25 increments every semester/year. Not the most competent coworkers either, some were very careless with client's computers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding of students, less prone to snaps, and increase the pay of students to attract more competent employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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