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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
192 Reviews

3.7
192 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Professor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great hours and pay!
    Wonderful students to teach.

    Cons

    Really dont have any negative things to say!

  2.  

    Working for IT at UNC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of positive customer interactions, exposure to interesting problems, and supportive managers.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are very anal about rules and makes the workplace very overbearing. The pay is terrible (7.25/hr) and raises are given in .25 increments every semester/year. Not the most competent coworkers either, some were very careless with client's computers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding of students, less prone to snaps, and increase the pay of students to attract more competent employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience. Managers always willing to assist in every way possible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Helpful managers. Coworkers were fantastic.

    Cons

    Lower pay rate; mostly the case in all university settings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build management skills in order to achieve a greater department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organization is committed to efficiency and transparency. Everyone is very dedicated to working for the benefit of the public and the organization as a whole takes their jobs very seriously. Leadership is interested in employee engagement and strives to provide a good work experience for staff. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    In efforts to be efficient, a lot of processes can use improvement as they still seem complicated, yet can probably be blamed on state government and operating at the mercy of the legislature. Depending on your division, some managers could be more involved than others in day to day responsibilities and direction.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An experience that has left me with new skills but also knowledgeable about the things I DON'T want for my next position

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

    Pros

    Little supervision in the sense that I didn't someone breathing down my neck all the time, but always able to find someone if I needed to ask questions or get feedback. Collaboration between programs and research centers was invaluable. Great benefits as an EPA employee (almost 5 weeks vacation!).

    Cons

    Academia. Other centers may be different than the one I worked for, but I will never work in academia again. Too much thinking and not enough actually making a difference in people's lives.
    With academia also comes the rigid hierarchy. Unlike public agencies on the county or state level, a master's degree is not respected when working with MDs and PhDs.
    Because you are a state employee working at UNC, your opportunities for raises are small. Some flexibility if there is extra money in a grant but otherwise, we've seen very small raises the last few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great school, would attend again!

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

    Pros

    Great University, Currently a great department, Great town and metropolitan area. Most professors and groups support healthy work-life balance.

    Cons

    High student fees make compensation less than it seems. Take $2000 off your yearly stipend to find out what you will really be making. Because of the recent scandals at UNC, things tend to get swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be more, but they are slowly increasing the graduate stipend in my department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place for graduate work

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

    Pros

    Benefits, tuition award. Campus is nice to looks at, there is good public transportation in Chapel Hill. My immediate coworkers and supervisor are nice people.

    Cons

    institutional culture is disconnected from reality. Undergraduates are prideful tools. Institutional culture is poisoned by focus on athletics to the exclusion of improving the university. That and having a blank check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on NCAA athletics, more emphasis on literally anything else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great students, wonderful physical location and campus

    Cons

    State dictates raises so there is no performance pay no matter how hard you work. State employees received 1.2% increase over last 6 years.

  10.  

    Environment is great but very bureaucratic, hard to get things accomplished at times.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. great work life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation is low. Little to no upward mobility.

  11.  

    Good University

    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor  in  Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    Respectful employer
    Flexible schedule
    Pleasant university atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay
    Slow advancement schedule
    Parking is impossible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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