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"Work is great, state bureaucracy challenging"

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Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
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I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

The people at UNC are great. During my 15 years at UNC I've worked with a bunch of smart, creative, fun people. For research staff, the work side has its ups and downs depending on what project or role you have. With some projects you're just a cog in the machine cranking out numbers or data, but other projects give you the opportunity to do more such as interact with students or travel for field work.

Cons

UNC is a state university so things like raises, hiring/firing are all dictated by state policies. Navigating the bureaucracy is challenging. There is little opportunity for salary increases. Even in the rare event the legislature does provide raises for state employees, it is often in the 1-3% range. On the research side, people without PhD's aren't taken as seriously as people with PhD's.

Advice to Management

Streamline the bureaucracy that clogs up many tasks. Also provide opportunities for staff to see bonuses or receive pay increases based on performance or merit.

Other Employee Reviews for University of North Carolina

  1. "A positive, challenging work experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an EPA-non-faculty employee, I received 24 vacation days plus holidays from the start, decent health insurance, and a variety of other benefits.

    Cons

    As with any state job, pay may be lower than a similar job in the private sector. You have no choice but to put 6% of your pay check into retirement, which may be more than you want to save at various stages in your life (e.g. when paying for daycare for small children).


  2. "Gain a lot of experience with computers, client interaction, and managing multiple tasks while taking a full courseload"

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    Former Employee - Resnet in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Resnet in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ResNET does a great job organizing and standardizing knowledge in technical support. Also, they do a lot to make sure employees gain a lot of experience working with people, presenting in front of groups, and assisting others

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload can be demanding while having a full courseload. A lot of times it felt like achieving arbitrary goals just to check things off of a list.

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