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Updated April 20, 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. "nice people. Good PTO and sick leave policy."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Great place to work, but disadvantage of grant work"

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    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people to work with

    Cons

    The only disadvantage to working here was that is was grant-funded and grant money is more difficult to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure you have consistent funding before hiring new people and then letting them go 13 months later,


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  5. "A lot of work for little pay"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC

    Pros

    I learned a lot on the job but it was a job meant for recent college graduates looking for a gap year before graduate school and the pay is structured that way. Great if you want patient interaction for a medical school application.

    Cons

    The funding is terrible and I never got a raise or even a mention of a raise. It felt awful to work hard and not be compensated for my bachelor's degree and my high quality work. Working harder wouldn't mean a raise or promotion. No room for advancement. You do it for the experience, certainly not the money.


  6. "Industrial Hygienist"

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    Current Employee - Staff Industrial Hygienist in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Industrial Hygienist in Holly Springs, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The current position with the University allows for a stable income with flexibility.

    Cons

    The department offers limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within


  7. "Registered nurse at family practice"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Hillsborough, NC
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Hillsborough, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co workers are friendly and helpful. Without them I would still not be here. I had ample training to learn Epic.

    Cons

    Short staffed so much so I can't get my daily responsibilities completed. So many responsibilities that most clinical staff do not have.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more clinical staff and pay better


  8. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Mentor in Lithonia, GA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Mentor in Lithonia, GA

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

    Pros

    School has lots of opportunities for collaborative research. Health insurance for postdoctoral researchers is very decent. It's a good place to work overall.

    Cons

    If you do academic research, do your best to vet out any professor and find out the quality of their mentorship skills. This is the deciding factor for your morale in a high-stress work environment.


  9. "UNC"

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    Former Employee - Credentialed Radiant Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Credentialed Radiant Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    My most recent opportunity was more pleasurable and less stressful due to the Radiant/Cupid, he had the documentation and curricula completed, workflows were clear and the CTs were not running behind schedule.

    Cons

    The Radiant/Cupid ID is very intense, emotional and wants to over communicate with the student, meaning giving them too much information.


  10. "Director of Alumni Engagement"

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    Former Employee - Director, Alumni Relations in Chapel Hill, NC
    Former Employee - Director, Alumni Relations in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative and an important part of the NC educational system. Some areas have good resources to support workers and their efforts.

    Cons

    Very hard to earn more money unless you move into a different job. You have to work in a large bureaucracy and it can take a long time to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    take time to manage the people that work for you, lay out clear objectives and goals and provide resources to achieve those goals.


  11. "Standard Gap-Year Research Job"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mildly flexible work hours (some days can be 8-7, some can be 10-4)

    Surrounded by intelligent, industrious researchers.

    Cons

    The pay is as bad as it is at any academic institution. No one argues that it should compete with industry standards, which can be 50-100% more in mid-level positions like a technician or research associate.

    Advice to Management

    Universities need to implement and/or improve the role of hiring managers/administrators to help extremely intelligent researchers with their complete incompetence surrounding administrative knowledge and responsibilities.


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