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North Carolina State University Reviews in Raleigh-Durham, NC

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
270 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment is great and you get to travel around North Carolina (in 20 reviews)

  • I don't feel as if the department is super competitive and I have a nice work-life balance (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Since it is a state school, there are a lot of budget cuts happening right now (in 8 reviews)

  • Department politics can affect your experience in the program and/or your lab (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working as a RA for the last 3 years

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, I have learned a lot about myself being an RA and overall has been a great experience

    Cons

    University Housing can be pretty unorganized at times. You will get frustrated more than once

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Laid back and friendly staff

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at North Carolina State University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company values are centered around respect and helpfulness. I highly recommended college students to begin their work at their own university!

    Cons

    The salary is lower and the work is less challenging due to the fact a student has restricted access to information. However, it is a great place to begin career networking before getting the real job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering speeding up the process of arranging work or hiring positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Low standards

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Good work environment if you get into the right lab. Good health care. Good public transit to work and a lot of nearby attractions.

    Cons

    Program is too long and you don't learn much after your second year. Low standards and a LOT of incompetent people. Pay is way too low and in 5 years they've never given anyone a raise. Expect to work 60+ hours a week and still be told you need to work more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up your standards, don't keep lowering them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Students are great; leadership lacking

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Students, people you meet from other departments.

    Cons

    People in top leadership positions who have been there forever and can do whatever htey want without checks and balances. Lack of advancement opportunities

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

    Graduate RA/TA, PhD student in engineering

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    If you like staying in school, working long hours and teaching, a PhD is for you!

    Cons

    long work hours, low stipend, juggling classes and research at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help graduate students with graduation milestones so they stay on schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Undergraduate Volunteer. Great environment, very professional, learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Career Development Center Ambassador in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Career Development Center Ambassador in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at North Carolina State University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had great co-workers and very trained and prepared advisors. I learned a lot about professional development and career searching as well as public speaking. I always felt like I was in a safe, encouraging environment with a great support system.

    Cons

    It was sometimes difficult to plan school work around time commitments to the volunteer position. Also, there were late Friday meetings that kept me from traveling out of town sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the program is great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Good Engineering & Technology University

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    The university in general has a good engineering program and some engineering tracks are among the top 10 in the nation. The engineering campus is growing fast and recently opened one of the most high-tech libraries in the nation. The university also hosts two NSF ERCs and will host a new innovation technology center in wide band-gap power electronics and power semiconductor technology. Thus, there are plenty of research opportunities in general, and especially in electrical engineering, materials engineering and so on.

    Cons

    Although ECE department has the highest number of students among of engineering departments, it has the lowest base salary for teaching and research assistant positions which has not changed over the years. The state has been suffering from a budget deficit which has strongly affected the economy of university and graduate student support plan. The student fee has been growing steadily over the past years and they have one of the highest fees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Work environment is great and you get to travel around North Carolina.

    Cons

    Balancing student and work life if your enrolled.

  10.  

    Summer Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Got a feel of how PHD life is.

    Cons

    A lot of paper reading and writing. Low pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's who you know, quality of work does not matter in non-academic posit, govt job, typically hard to get hired OR fired

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    Current Employee - Housekeeping, Bookstore, Steam Plants in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Housekeeping, Bookstore, Steam Plants in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at North Carolina State University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a govt job so hard to get fired. I am mainly talking about non-academia jobs. As it is a university, in general the work conditions are pleasant except for housekeeping and food service, the very lowest ends of the employment food chain. I worked as temp at bookstore and in steam plants, enjoyed most of people at both. Housekeeping, not so much.

    Cons

    Many incompetent people need to be fired in both mgmt and non-mgmt positions, but this is nearly impossible once hired. Housekeeping mgmt treats employees like meat. You are never doing a good job, you never work fast enough. Pay is low. I was a temp for five years and never could get hired. Except for housekeeping, I was always told I did a good job but although I have applied many times over the years, I cannot get hired perm. This is no liberal university - welcome to the American south, where right-wing politicians run everything and labor is spit upon by both Republicans and Democrats, the most right-wing state govt Democrats in the country. Basically, screw the average person seems to be a nationwide phenomenon in America since Reagan took office and it is getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is not bad. When the day is done, it is done, you go home. Steam plant operators have the worst schedules, working several 12-hour days, always being on call. In genearl, the problem with getting hired being difficult and being fired nearly impossible is an ongoing situation of the public sector that by nature will never be resolved, so no use giving advice for obvious problems.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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