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University of North Carolina Reviews in North Carolina

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
205 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 12 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Awesome

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, lovely town

    Cons

    It is a college. So students are its first priority.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working on campus can be a good idea for students

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    Former Employee - Writing Tutor in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Writing Tutor in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Good people, good management. Great learning opportunity. I worked as a writing tutor at the writing center and found it to be a great environment. Further, working on campus for a student is a huge boon as management is ultra aware of your class load.

    Cons

    Getting paid on a monthly basis can really suck. Working as tutor can be stressful because you don't always have guaranteed hours and have to check online to see if you have appointments.

  6.  

    Postdoc at UNC

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

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

    Pros

    Many great investigators. Several cores to share the work-load. Salary ok. Great environment for postdocs with a interactive postdoc forum. Great city to raise a family.

    Cons

    Job opportunities limited regarding assistant professor advancement within the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring talent from within the University.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Academic Research

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    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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A chance to do interesting work with interesting people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is much lower than in industry. Raises at the whim of state government. Very difficult to get a promotion unless you change positions. The support positions don't reward for experience. There seems to be a high turnover in faculty lately, probably due to the low pay and no research funding support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Outstanding university with top-notch research but limited opportunities for advancement

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding intellectual environment, great scientific resources, great seminars, excellent colleagues, entire health insurance premium for employees are paid by university, retirement contributions by university are good

    Cons

    Low pay, very limited job security (depends on grant renewals), limited career advancement at the university, expected to work long hours, difficult at times to balance work and family life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great University

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    Current Employee - Research Collaborator in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Collaborator in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Research is very applied and focused for commercial /industry interests

    Cons

    I haven't come across any cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    good place to work in if you want to have a work life balance. good experience as a junior faculty there.

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    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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    a work life balance; good high school around; the weather is great; good environment for research and potential opportunity to transfer to tenure track.

    Cons

    not in a very big city. student level vary a lot. school of engineering and computer science is not very strong, so hard to find collaborative in that area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ideal for those interested in pursuing an academic career, not conducive for preparing for other scientific careers

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independence - particularly on projects
    Project Management - lots of opportunities for this as a postdoc in larger labs with undergraduate and graduate students
    Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited support for jobs outside of academia
    Overwhelmed/disconnected PIs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes PIs are overwhelmed with responsibilities, especially given the funding situation and there are long delays in feedback on your work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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