University of North Carolina

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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.

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    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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    "The Carolina Way"...not everyones' way.

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere with colleagues focused on serving the student.

    Cons

    UNC conveys a mindset that is progressive and innovative, but if you dig deep you will find a road block based on old traditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to compensate and value non-faculty members at a higher rate that is currently demonstrated. UNC really needs to establish and execute a Succession Plan for each and all UNC enterprises.

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