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University of North Carolina Raleigh Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, flexibility in scheduling to honor student schedules (in 24 reviews)

  • Benefits are good if you are covering "employee only (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • University gives little to no oversight or support for higher level courses compared to what is available for entry level courses (in 9 reviews)

  • Limited room for advancement, low pay (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Design Intern, Sustainability at UNC"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a ton about design, sustainability, and campus operations. Friendly and brilliant coworkers.

    Cons

    Tasks do not always fit job descriptions. At some points I was sorting through trash. Also, in a huge company like UNC, sometimes programs are forgotten about/not fully utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the positive attitude.


  2. "Tech Support Generalist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours in between classes, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Training was limited, customer service isn't for everyone.

  3. "Exciting Environment"

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

    Many opportunities for seminars, surrounded my motivated students and researchers. Good benefits for permanent hires. My work space was a beautiful new lab building, open and bright, with good facilities and departmental management/support.

    Cons

    Inconvenient (overcrowded for parking, pay to park and ride), low academic salary, culture of weekend and evening work for non-hourly coworkers. Trend to hire temporary for long periods (I worked temp over 2 years before permanent hire and met others in the same situation at orientation).

    Advice to Management

    Limit temporary terms. Provide resources for skill and responsibility assessment so that employees can challenge position bands.


  4. "Research Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    state benefits, flexible work hours, great PTO

    Cons

    not much opportunity for raises, hard to get promoted because the process takes a year


  5. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources, nice area with low traffic in the immediate area when compared to other parts of the Triangle.
    Large competitive research community to help you excel.

    Cons

    Numerous moving parts, and as such some things can be marred with Bureaucracy, but that's to be expected with a University.
    Research environment of the School of Medicine is other, but not always, toxic.


  6. "Postdoctoral Fellowship"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and intelligent people to work with who are vested in your success as well. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Limited parking on campus but public transport is free and accessible to other areas in the Triangle.


  7. "nice people. Good PTO and sick leave policy."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people nice atmosphere. Good PTO and sick leave policy.

    Cons

    No 401k match. Health insurance plans used to have free premium options but will no longer be the case in 2018.

  8. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive learning environment, great support of advisor

    Cons

    little opportunity to negotiate salary


  9. "Know your PI"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, a very friendly and collaborative environment. Most faculty and scientists here are very supportive. Its really a great place to do high impact research.

    Cons

    Some of the faculty treat their post docs and graduate students like crap. Not exactly an unique situation to UNC, but just a reminder to anyone looking to post doc their to check up on the reputation of their principal investigator before working for them.


  10. "Meaningful work but sometimes frustrating bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Student Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I worked in a division of Student Wellness while a student. There was a great team and the permanent staff were lovely to work alongside. We did meaningful work which had a sense of purpose and I always felt supported my supervisors.

    Cons

    Supervisors did not respond well to being proactive - there was a constant fear of taking risks which meant we achieved less. Sometimes you did not feel rewarded or recognized for your work, even when it was used in a high profile way.

    Advice to Management

    Put in effort to keep good talent.


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