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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated October 1, 2017
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  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Stone and Leaf Cafe"

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    Current Employee - Barista in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Barista in Chapel Hill, NC

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

    Pros

    Lax on call outs, works with your schedule

    Cons

    bad management, underpaid, rules like can't drink water


  2. "Smh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are a plus. Depending on manager most are cool.

    Cons

    3rd shift hours
    Drama
    Overworked
    You have to pay for parking

  3. "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


  4. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    just like the normal academic environment.

    Cons

    all depends on the lab you are in.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Good if you need a side job, but otherwise it isn't worth it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy hours, and scheduling, specialized work

    Cons

    Horrible management, lack of regulation, pay is low, doesn't always follow OSHA standards, sexual harassment, and racism is rampant, no chance to move up (even if you wanted to in that environment)

    Advice to Management

    Fire the employees who don't do anything, improve management, and stress that employees should treat everyone with respect


  9. "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?


  10. "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.


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