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Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, flexibility in scheduling to honor student schedules (in 23 reviews)

  • Benefits are good if you are covering "employee only (in 18 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. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    low payment lots of work

    Cons

    flexible on time flexible on time


  2. "Not a great place to work if you are not tenured or in a tenure-track position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation and sick days were very generous and the ability to carry over both vacation and sick days every year was a great bonus.

    Cons

    Difficult place to work if you are not in a tenure-track position. Very little is done to acknowledge the work of all of the people who keep the university running and they expect you to perform a lot of work for little pay.


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    "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Public Communications Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Public Communications Specialist in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Full tuition remission, can take courses at any UNC system school
    My immediate manager and team were great

    Cons

    Everything else. Low pay, no respect, arrogant and incompetent professors, university cares more about public image than employees, no chance for advancement unless you kiss a**, never got a raise: not even for standard of living increases


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  5. "Things just aren't the same as they were"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a beautiful campus. Also, as with any big university there is always something interesting going on -- concerts, sports, lectures, etc. Chapel Hill is a nice town.

    Cons

    Lack of parking. Also, they now charge for park and ride permits. NO annual raises for staff unless the North Carolina legislature approves raises for everyone...which basically never happens any more. The benefits aren't great, either. Also, I really dislike the radical culture here, especially over the past year -- protests over building names and civil war monuments, for example. It's always something. I just don't agree with a lot that is going on, but there IS no freedom of speech here if you disagree with them -- you know better than to open your mouth or you'll be called a racist. Frankly, there's a negative vibe to this place that wasn't here when I started. (I don't know if that's how it is everywhere across campus, but that's how I feel in my area). I used to love it here, but I don't look forward to coming to work anymore. In fact, many mornings I'm crying on the way in. I really hope to find something else soon!

    Advice to Management

    Don't charge your employees to park, or park-and-ride to work. Get better/less costly benefits. Value your employees.


  6. "In the EHS Dept - the inmates are running the asylum, a lot of turnover for good employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Will provide a lot of training to new employees. You can gain experience across a wide variety of environments and situations, however sometimes they can be dangerous.

    Cons

    Huge career opportunities for yes men and if the Director likes you. She may make suggestive comments if you are a young male. There are several destructive personalities there. It can be a little like being in a portal to hell if you get the wrong manager. Different rules for "special people".

    Advice to Management

    Get medication or psychological help! Ever wonder why you keep needing team building activities and losing good employees?


  7. "Lost in a sea of self-fulfilling agenda pushing"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The general academic schedule (busy Aug-May, but nice holiday breaks, slower in summer) and culture; ample opportunities for personal growth (trainings, workshops, common interest groups); good enterprise communications via email ListServs

    Cons

    Lack of interdepartmental professional collaboration (Ivory Towers rise high with lots of space in between); The people tend to worry only about themselves, their own work, and how you can contribute to their worth rather than the organization; Steering committees are not quality assurance mechanisms, but are the means by which personal agenda are advanced

    Advice to Management

    This is a PUBLIC higher education institution, not a PRIVATE corporation. Different foundations, philosophies, and core management principles should be applied. The bottom line should never be about profit margins, but about serving the community.....with integrity.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. "definitely watch your back if you work in Woodward"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was a good experience working there and the schedule was very flexible with my school. It was a good environment to work with some people and exchange ideas.

    Cons

    The leaders weren't good leaders and they often show favoritism towards employees they perceived as friends. They definitely were prejudice towards minorities such as (blacks). They lack sense of purpose and don't have the qualities of leader

    Advice to Management

    Don't deserve to be in the position


  10. "Business Services Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Business Service Coordinator in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    N/A


  11. "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
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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