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Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
191 Reviews

3.7
191 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.  

    great experience, hard to advance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Athletic Department Inte  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Athletic Department Inte in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    great campus, nice people, big time school to have on resume

    Cons

    tough to advance, very traditional culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace younger staff and help them grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, a great place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Librarian  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - General Librarian in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Great environment, beautiful campus, great colleagues, low stress. Mission-driven and most people are devoted to their work. Open, thoughtful environment.

    Cons

    State employee salary and (lack of) benefits. Not much opportunity for growth. Can be stodgy, bureaucratic at times. Feels hard to make a difference. Budget woes for 5+ years, can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to repair recently tarnished reputation. Make bold decisions!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Benefits, Good People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Good people, solid benefits package, good network for future positions for those with diverse skills versus niche.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development opportunities, hard to move up within individual departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rewarding but demanding work as a graduate teaching assistant

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

    Pros

    Rewarding experiences consist of regular encounters with bright students who provide quick and honest feedback. Fair advising from the teaching faculty; however, consensus to most questions were addressed by a team of TAs.

    Cons

    An uneven distribution of workload can result in long busy streaks, particularly at the end of the semester. The compensation for teaching positions does not match this workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider raising teaching assistantship compensation levels to match estimates of workload throughout the semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoyable work environment, not much room for growth for staff

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Services Specialist  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Student Services Specialist in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Loved the environment, my co-workers, the faculty and students. Great challenges, supportive colleagues, never a dull day!

    Cons

    As staff (not faculty), I felt that there was little room for career advancement without completely changing departments and job areas. In 5 1/2 years my salary increases were mostly from legislative action and when those stopped due to the recession, I saw this as a dead-end job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More professional development for staff. The University does a much better job in supporting and encouraging the careers of its faculty than it does for SPA staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, but designed not to help employees advance

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

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are okay, and the people I worked with were fantastic. Because it's such a big University, there are systems in place to help someone working there. No need to re-invent the wheel for a lot of processes.

    Cons

    I worked at the university for over six years, and never once got a cost of living increase. The recession hit the University hard, but it seemed like they were taking the budget cuts out on the lowest paid employees.

    Training was cut, making it much harder/impossible to advance into a better position. And the general feel of the office was "it's better than being unemployed", which is basically blackmailing employees to keep working for less pay.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great experience for student employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    You have opportunity to meet new students. There is flexible hours to choose from. Workload is not heavy. Mostly time, you have opportunity to work on your own personal stuff. The employers are friendly and helpful. Co-workers are nice and willing to help you. It is on campus so you don't have work outside. It is a great work study position to apply for.

    Cons

    There are night shifts. You may have to cover shift for others if they are unable to come due to illness or personal issues. You may have trouble with new technologies. It is a like a work and learn experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A great place to get an education or retire, but not much else

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Wonderful training and development programs (if your supervisor and work schedule permit your attendance). There are lots of perks to working at a top-tier public University; access to great performances and speakers (free or low cost); wonderful libraries; tuition waivers for 2 classes per year; access to great exercise facilities. There tends to be a lot of flexibility on campus, which is great for work/life balance and the extended winter holiday break is a boon!

    Cons

    There is an obvious lack of management training, which can lead to very hit or miss experiences for employees. Communication from upper administration trickles down to employees at a pretty slow rate. If you're coming from the private sector, be prepared for lots of bureaucracy. Not many upwardly mobile career opportunities for younger employees. Salaries offered are often well below market rate (unless you work in a department with external funding). Benefits offerings are not at all competitive. The best and brightest employees often move on to better paying institutions as quickly as possible. State budget cuts often result in zero percent salary increases (nope, not even cost of living).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improved communication and competitive salaries would greatly help to improve employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Tremendous academic environment

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

    Pros

    Exciting to be surrounded by so many motivated and talented people. Also while it may depend on the department in my experience the group was very flexible and made an effort to make working together enjoyable.

    Cons

    The State Health Benefits do not rank well compared to other states we are limited by the small market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advocate for better health insurance options for your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Flexible job while as an undergraduate, great people

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with class schedule, opportunities to try new things and gain skills

    Cons

    Unless you ask for some clear responsibilities and project work, it's hard to market the skills you've gained in this job after you graduate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give student assistants the opportunity to gain real skills. Let them see the results of their work so that it can be used after they graduate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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