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University of North Carolina Reviews in North Carolina

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
217 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Reasonable cost of living (having lived in Midwest and West coast) in Chapel Hill/Carrboro areas (in 14 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.  

    Government bureaucracy

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    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)

    Pros

    state government job.. good place to retire.. nice pension

    Cons

    state government job.. lots of inefficiency.. pay is ridiculous low

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Job didn't last as long as I was promised

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    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with a great group of people in a fantastic work environment. I was told the job would last several years.

    Cons

    The job barely lasted a year. No raises because of the State Legislature. Office of Human Resources has no idea what they are doing, so try to work with the individual department if at all possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a total overhaul of the Office of Human Resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great University

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My professor I worked under was very kind and understanding. I learned a lot in my time TA-ing and have a better understanding of what professors and TAs are looking for when grading tests and assignments.

    Cons

    Sometimes lectures and recitations and assignments are a little disorganized. Its hard to evenly distribute work between TAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be a bit more fair in terms of how to divide up work between TAs since we're all getting paid the same rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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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    Lackluster and disappointing

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Two free classes per year.

    Cons

    Too many to say, but morale is low, cronyism, impossible to move up, inept incompetent managers with little to no interest in developing their employees skills or advancement, aloof faculty who are demigods in their own minds, you are basically a glorified secretary even if you have a specialized degree, you prefer seeing the vendors and facilities guys everyday instead of the gabbing secretaries who prefer Internet Explorer and stupidity to moving up and getting better jobs. My job was very technical when I was hired in 2008 and after budget and grant decreases, I had to become an overqualified secretary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your turnover is so high because you are entitled redneck. Retire already and get someone in there with an education in leadership and some tact and decency who can look at their employees in the eye before making back-door decisions about their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience, friendly work environment with lots of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Opportunities 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.

    Cons

    Salaries 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 ManagementAdvice

    Administrative staffing seems to have become more bare-bones since I arrived here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice, laid-back atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - ITS Security Intern in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - ITS Security Intern in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Allows for growth through experimenting with new software and hardware. Lots of learning potential. Manager is very understanding.Don't get pushed to your limits, and has flexible work hours. Gained lots of important exposure into the field of IT Security.

    Cons

    Sometimes I wish I could ask for more work to do just to gain further exposure however I realize this would involve access that is beyond my pay-grade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to interface with the employees and open to suggestions for more growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great clinical staff

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    Former Employee - Epic Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Epic Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The labor and delivery unit is fantastic

    Cons

    As a contractor, there aren't many future opportunities available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have someone there to meet the after go-live needs of your staff...someone they are comfortable with and someone who is knowledgable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice Area

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work with countless professionals.

    Cons

    Pay can be pretty poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Students are your core so stop making them just a dollar sign.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Postdoctoral education but no opportunities to advance.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very energetic and collaborative surroundings. Good campus.

    Cons

    Low pay. Lack of support in developing a career path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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