University of North Carolina
3.7 of 5 164 reviews
www.northcarolina.edu Chapel Hill, NC 5000+ Employees

University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Carol L. Folt

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Great experience, friendly work environment with lots of opportunities

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Chapel Hill, NC

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

ProsOpportunities for research and collaboration abound. If you know what you want to do, and are interested in finding interdisciplinary collaborators, there are essentially unlimited possibilities for cutting-edge research. Chapel Hill is a beautiful place to live. Can't beat the weather, access to nearby cities (and the airport is a 25 minute drive!), and general cultural diversity.

ConsSalaries are competitive, but living in the area is expensive - housing in particular. Expect to pay "big city" prices if you want to live close to campus. State budget cuts have left some basic services and building upkeep by the wayside. It's hit and miss - some areas of campus are state-of-the-art, others are attended to only once they start (literally) falling apart.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdministrative staffing seems to have become more bare-bones since I arrived here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good place to do a postdoc

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

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

ProsLots of seminars on topics beside research, decent health care

Conssmall college town, politically liberal but conservative mindset in town

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I worked at University of North Carolina

ProsPeople were extremely nice to work with

ConsNot always organized with task delegation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Working on campus can be a good idea for students

Writing Tutor (Former Employee)
Wilmington, NC

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

ProsGood people, good management. Great learning opportunity. I worked as a writing tutor at the writing center and found it to be a great environment. Further, working on campus for a student is a huge boon as management is ultra aware of your class load.

ConsGetting paid on a monthly basis can really suck. Working as tutor can be stressful because you don't always have guaranteed hours and have to check online to see if you have appointments.

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good place to work in if you want to have a work life balance. good experience as a junior faculty there.

Research Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

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

Prosa work life balance; good high school around; the weather is great; good environment for research and potential opportunity to transfer to tenure track.

Consnot in a very big city. student level vary a lot. school of engineering and computer science is not very strong, so hard to find collaborative in that area.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ideal for those interested in pursuing an academic career, not conducive for preparing for other scientific careers

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

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

ProsIndependence - particularly on projects
Project Management - lots of opportunities for this as a postdoc in larger labs with undergraduate and graduate students
Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance

ConsLimited support for jobs outside of academia
Overwhelmed/disconnected PIs

Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes PIs are overwhelmed with responsibilities, especially given the funding situation and there are long delays in feedback on your work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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UNC is a good place to do graduate work

Graduate Student (Former Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

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

Pros- Supportive environment for grad students

Cons- Depends on which lab you choose to do research

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Student Accounts Associate (Former Employee)

I worked at University of North Carolina as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGreat coworkers, great campus, great atmosphere. The students were generally friendly and working with them was a good experience. The managers were good leaders and took suggestions well.

Gives lots of opportunities to students or recent graduates looking for a entry-level job. There are plenty of research jobs available. See the career services for more assistance.

ConsThe parking is terrible. Be sure to take a bus or pay for a parking lot space if you decide to work here. Parking is not guaranteed to employees.

The parents of the students who I helped were very stuck up and entitled. If you are working with parents of UNC students, be prepared to be constantly frustrated with their antics. They will argue with you, refuse to learn information for themselves, demand that you do things that is outside your hands, and argue with you until they get their way .

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the students about making changes to the websites. The financial websites (tuition, financial aid, department deposits, etc) are very difficult to navigate.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very flexible, generous, and understanding employer

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

I worked at University of North Carolina part-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible work schedule, able to set my own hours and location, very supportive supervisor who let me make up hours later if I had big projects for school due, paid tuition and benefits on top of hourly pay

ConsThere were not too many cons involved with working for UNC. Sometimes, the hours were a bit much considering I was also in school full-time. There was not as much supervision as I would have liked, but my supervisor was great and understanding (just busy), so I do not fault her.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great research facilities and staff

Research Technician (Former Employee)
Chapel Hill, NC

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

ProsLots of collaborative work, researchers are eager to work with each other to create better studies. Never found myself without access to needed equipment. There are lots of opportunities to move around research areas as well, lots of postings on campus. The ability to take classes for free is also a bonus.

ConsA little tough getting into campus, obviously no parking really near the med school. The bus system is pretty good though.

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