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The University of North Carolina System Employee Reviews about "budget cuts"

Updated Oct 8, 2019

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  • "Being a teacher's assistant can involve tedious work, especially grading in large volumes and it is very low pay(in 21 reviews)

  • "State budget cuts have left some basic services and building upkeep by the wayside(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Generally good"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System full-time

    Pros

    University works to make sure you have professional dignity

    Cons

    Politics can interfere with research. Budget cuts

    The University of North Carolina System2019-10-08
  2. Helpful (1)

    "UNC is corrupt - don't work there."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System full-time

    Pros

    Weather Ice cream Grass Bluebirds Rain Coffee I have five words.

    Cons

    Football Traffic Silent Sam Budget cuts Pineapple Ugh Not sure what the hell this wants.

    Advice to Management

    Quit

    The University of North Carolina System2018-05-02
  3. "Some good, some bad"

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    Research Assistant Professor in Hillsborough, NC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, stimulating environment. Good colleagues. Fairly good flexibility to get the projects done. Discounted prices for many university events and some local companies as well. Nice area.

    Cons

    The university system is not supported by the state legislature. Nationally, academia is in a state of flux. The system relies too much on the free labor of graduate students and nearly free labor of Post-Docs. Because of constant budget cuts to universities and research funding at both the state and federal level over the last decade, obtaining funding takes precedent over all else. The administration is only... interested in how much money you bring in. No job security. No raises. No method to supplement salary . The administration is replacing tenured faculty with research faculty to save money. Very difficult to transition from academia to industry. Pervasive myth in industry that faculty at universities are not driven enough.

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    Advice to Management

    Research divisions need to restructure. Take fewer PhD students, more masters students. Create separate PhD and masters tracts. Need to stop treating research faculty as a commodity or start paying these people industry wages.

    The University of North Carolina System2015-07-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I worked at The University of North Carolina System full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and great campus transportation system, good health benefits through the university hospital and exciting research!

    Cons

    Supportive environment but as with many state universities, lots of uncertainty due to budget cuts, especially in the administration sector.

    The University of North Carolina System2015-05-19
  5. "Great experience, friendly work environment with lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities for research and collaboration abound. If you know what you want to do, and are interested in finding interdisciplinary collaborators, there are essentially unlimited possibilities for cutting-edge research. Chapel Hill is a beautiful place to live. Can't beat the weather, access to nearby cities (and the airport is a 25 minute drive!), and general cultural diversity.

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive, but living in the area is expensive - housing in particular. Expect to pay "big city" prices if you want to live close to campus. State budget cuts have left some basic services and building upkeep by the wayside. It's hit and miss - some areas of campus are state-of-the-art, others are attended to only once they start (literally) falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    Administrative staffing seems to have become more bare-bones since I arrived here.

    The University of North Carolina System2014-04-10
  6. "Great people, but designed not to help employees advance"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The University of North Carolina System full-time for more than 5 years

    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.

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    The University of North Carolina System2013-09-11
  7. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System full-time for 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!

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    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).

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    Advice to Management

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

    The University of North Carolina System2013-08-09
  8. "Good times, helped me land interviews coming out of grad school"

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     in Chapel Hill, NC
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System

    Pros

    -People -Top Research University -Flexible Time Off/ Hours

    Cons

    -Low Salaries -Budget Cuts -Everyone is almost too busy

    Advice to Management

    n/a

    The University of North Carolina System2012-03-18
  9. "A constructive experience which has met my expectations for a graduate student position."

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    Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System

    Pros

    Good location, good proximity to a high density of technical jobs (important as graduation approaches), well rounded experience between teaching and research, good lab facilities and good faculty.

    Cons

    Poor communication between administration and departments, especially at the graduate student level (last to know about anything new), budget cuts have hurt research budgets in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, do a better job keeping people informed about requirements and new developments, as well as what they mean.

    The University of North Carolina System2011-02-18
  10. "I have loved my time at UNC"

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    Grad Student 
    Recommends

    I have been working at The University of North Carolina System

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful. The campus is beautiful. The work culture is exciting and motivating while also being relaxed and supportive.

    Cons

    State budget cuts easily threaten many jobs and programs, but this is to be expected at any state school in the current economy.

    Advice to Management

    Those of you with whom I have worked are doing a good job and the chairs and deans with whom I have worked directly have all been exceptional.

    The University of North Carolina System2012-04-20
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