University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. In the EHS Dept - the inmates are running the asylum, a lot of turnover for good employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Will provide a lot of training to new employees. You can gain experience across a wide variety of environments and situations, however sometimes they can be dangerous.

    Cons

    Huge career opportunities for yes men and if the Director likes you. She may make suggestive comments if you are a young male. There are several destructive personalities there. It can be a little like being in a portal to hell if you get the wrong manager. Different rules for "special people".

    Advice to Management

    Get medication or psychological help! Ever wonder why you keep needing team building activities and losing good employees?


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place for a postdoc

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, support network, campus, people, reputation are all great.

    Cons

    Benefits (insurance premium, lack of dental, changing plans without real notification)


  3. Research Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    state retirement benefits, health insurance, one free course per semester.

    Cons

    parking is difficult (parking in a remote lot with infrequent access during the day), they will not pay you according to how good you are at your job, you will only get a raise because of how long you have been there.

    Advice to Management

    value hard work and talent


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Pleasant experience with great work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fellowship Coordinator in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Fellowship Coordinator in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a relaxed atmosphere - fairly low stress. The work-life balance was excellent. Also, there are excellent benefits, I enjoyed the access to lectures on campus, and enjoyed my fellow colleagues. The department I worked in was fairly collegial with good management.

    Cons

    There was little room for advancement. Instead of being promoted up, you basically had to apply for a new job within the University. And of course, paying for parking was terrible. Also, while I was working there, there weren't any COL adjustments, promotions, bonuses because of a state budget shortage.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to find opportunities to help employees advance.


  6. Applied Sciences department could be better.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus, good work/life balance, peaceful lifestyle.

    Cons

    Employment opportunities, networking and specific job fairs can be improved. Funding has been a problem in applied sciences department as both teaching assistant and research assistant.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career opportunities for grad students.


  7. Great atmosphere!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Legal Intern in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to move up and around within the organization. Fellow employees are more like family than simply colleagues.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any.


  8. Good job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assustant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teaching Assustant in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job Good pay Work satisfaction Can get academically strong in the course Can build rapport with professors ,which may help in future for getting any recommendations

    Cons

    Mostly grading and very little teaching


  9. Lots of great people, but a lot of bureaucracy

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You encounter a lot of really great people working at UNC - smart, dedicated, and driven. There are also a lot of opportunities at such a large and prestigious research institute.

    Cons

    Because it's such a big place, there is a lot more competition, and you often feel like a number. There is a lack of one-on-one time in a lot of scenarios. Also, the public nature of the university means that salaries are often lower.

    Advice to Management

    There's not much that can be done about the compensation, but I think there should be a greater focus on the success of individuals, rather than doing everything in the name of the institution.


  10. Great place to work/Declining Budget

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the people, atmosphere, and mission.

    Cons

    Budgets have been cut, resulting in poor employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people!


  11. Good scientific atmosphere but average/poor pay benefits and career support

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Scientific atmosphere, facilities and resources are outstanding, postdoctoral office is great; employee health benefits are good (don't need to pay any of the premium); diverse workforce

    Cons

    Pay and family benefits; little to no room for career advancement; cost of parking and commuting; often feel invisible to the university; expected to work long hours for low pay

    Advice to Management

    Recognize work of research staff



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