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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
228 Reviews
3.8
228 Reviews
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University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol L. Folt
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hype, not Hope

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generous holiday, vacation, and sick time policies.

    Cons

    Lack of mid-level managers that have the ability to lead people and manager labor and other resources.
    The university does not tend to promote from within or look at the actual talent of staff on site.
    Merit raises at the staff level are rare, normally can only hope for a legislative increase.
    Higher level/managers have much greater benefits and pay, out of proportion to the talent and capabilities of each.
    Demand and work load continue to increase while department resources continue to decrease.
    On-the-job training is lacking in many departments.
    Carolina Way and Carolina Pride is diminishing for those that live in reality and don't just bleed blue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Substance over form would move the university forward in the right direction. Currently feels like public image is priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lackluster and disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A very bad experience working at UNC Chapel Hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Chapel Hill is a nice place to raise a family. Working with and mentoring the best and brightest students from North Carolina and beyond was rewarding and enjoyable.

    Cons

    Support for my position was non-existent. After my boss was fired for inappropriate relationship with a student, my role went completed unsupported and no one seemed to care what I did from there on out. Once they found someone to take over the program, I was quietly terminated. There was zero support from the Dean, faculty, Chancellor or Vice Chancellor. I was simply expendable. That's how it goes at UNC. If something goes wrong, they sweep it under the rug and impact people's lives adversely in the blink of an eye.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership and management skills need to be improved. Continuity planning needs to be addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Terrible place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    The only good thing is the Christmas vacation. There is nothing else good about working there. Do not do it.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. Management is clueless and would not last a week in the private sector. Benefits are terrible. There are no raises. Terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely clean house and hire accomplished senior managers from the private sector. Pay your people. Appreciate your people. Understand that it's not 1963.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worse ITS deparment I have ever worked at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    Medical benefits are good because the employee portion is reasonable.

    Cons

    The CIO has no clue as to what is going on and his actions indicate he doesn't want to know. ITS has become one of the most negative places with people starting to turn on one another. External departments do not "like" ITS and have no confidence. A lot of departments are trying to find a way to handle some or most of their own IT processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CIO - Climb out of your BMW and come down from your ivory tower and try to muster enough concern about the employees. Better yet, perhaps there is another university that you may be interested in working for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    If you want to be happy skip this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    24 hours PTO for community service (if your boss wil let you take it)

    Cons

    Pay over 450$/year to park
    Health benefits on the constant decline
    Total hierarchy
    Hire Ups make you feel like crap, all the time
    All around a miserable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice and stop treating everyone like idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Good opportunities for junior research personnel (non-faculty), but not for mid-level or senior level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus. If you seek a very layback working environment or you just need to gain couple years experience and leave for good, it is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Terrible HR, poor pay for mid-senior level research personnel. HR handle benefit horribly, missing benefit input for new employee, wrong confidential profile information (SSN) entry for existing employee and messy leaving handling for former employee. There is no personal growth and productivity in this university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace these administrative staff and HR who do nothing but just have been waiting for retirement everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Business Services Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Employer offers flexible scheduling. The location is nice.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible, salaries are low, limited opportunity for advancement, leadership is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (more than 5 years)

    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

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