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University of North Carolina Reviews in Chapel Hill, NC

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
193 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 11 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 school, would attend again!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Great University, Currently a great department, Great town and metropolitan area. Most professors and groups support healthy work-life balance.

    Cons

    High student fees make compensation less than it seems. Take $2000 off your yearly stipend to find out what you will really be making. Because of the recent scandals at UNC, things tend to get swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be more, but they are slowly increasing the graduate stipend in my department.

    Recommends
    Negative 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 for 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.  

    Decent place for graduate work

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, tuition award. Campus is nice to looks at, there is good public transportation in Chapel Hill. My immediate coworkers and supervisor are nice people.

    Cons

    institutional culture is disconnected from reality. Undergraduates are prideful tools. Institutional culture is poisoned by focus on athletics to the exclusion of improving the university. That and having a blank check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on NCAA athletics, more emphasis on literally anything else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Frank Porter Graham Student Union

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    Current Employee - Events Management  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Events Management in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Great environment and great people.

    Cons

    Over hiring and turbulence in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot going on with full time staff such as many of them doing double duty. Fill vacant positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    a good neplace to do research

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

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

    Pros

    I am in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department. The lab layout is open space lab which promote member interaction between labs and resource sharing.

    Cons

    Parking is very limited. Most of the employees park outside of the campus and take bus to come into the campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefit is ok. Working culture is pretty good. People are friendly and willing to help. A good place to start a career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good University

    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Respectful employer
    Flexible schedule
    Pleasant university atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay
    Slow advancement schedule
    Parking is impossible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic experience as a graduate student

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    The folks at HSRC are great. I learned a lot about bicycle and pedestrian safety. People here are passionate about the center's mission and share that passion with others. They gave me a lot of opportunities to write articles, go to seminars, and do independent research. They respected my suggestions and published my work pretty quickly, which was gratifying. Pay was decent and hours were flexible. One of my supervisors still keeps in touch and gives great advice. Other students and staff were friendly and we often socialized outside of work.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities could be better. Would have stayed on if I could, but it's very funding-dependent. It's mostly desk work which can become a little dull at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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 for 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
  10.  

    One of the most well equipped universities to complete a postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    State of the art facilities, plenty of grant money, exciting research. Great people to work with and a great reputation, especially locally.

    Cons

    You are a postdoc. Bottom of the Ponzi scheme that is academia. Long work hours with minimal compensation. However, it is the system that is broken, not the institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support for postdocs looking for the next step.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Quality university with an abundance of resources

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    From a scientific research standpoint, there are many quality researchers and opportunities for collaboration. The facilities are high quality. Basically anything you need you can find somewhere on campus.

    Cons

    Transportation can be quite an issue. At peak times, the small roads in and out are extremely congested. Parking is horrendous compared to my former university. They are working on expanding garages, but it will still be an issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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