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Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
201 Reviews
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201 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility - depending on the lab you can have reasonable work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Chapel Hill is also a great place to live and work -- very high quality of life (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The recession hit the University hard, but it seemed like they were taking the budget cuts out on the lowest paid employees (in 8 reviews)

  • No raises for faculty in five years and none are on the horizon (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    My experience at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was positive. I worked as Research Assistant at two researc

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People their are extremely nice, always ready to help

    Cons

    Not significant international population, most of the people are from NC or nearby states, so not much diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Payroll: Use Glacier online tax compliance system. It's hard for non-residents to know whether or not their county is part of tax treaty or not. Glacier makes this process so much easier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked as a histologist and tech

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    benefits , people. and the job was really fun

    Cons

    parking and waiting for bus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good people and work with them on advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay depending on which department you are working for, good atmosphere as well

    Cons

    As with any job, the pay could always be better and it's difficult to know where you stand after applying for a job opening because there is no update on position after the closing date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer the ability to be updated of open position status

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place, difficult environment.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great fellow faculty, wonderful students.

    Cons

    Tend to promote outstanding academics who are clueless with how to lead, manage and serve as the administrator for a program. Another real threat to this great university is a clueless legislature who seem to be singularly focused on gutting the essential funding to primary, secondary and higher education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit input from your faculty and pay attention to the input.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Get to know the department's environment

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    Current Employee - Grants Manager, Accountant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Grants Manager, Accountant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, this is a great Univeristy to work for. It shows great appreciation for its employees.

    Cons

    My department's environment was great however, there was no potential to grow within that particulat environment. Everyone seems stuck in their current role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Has a whole, I have no advise for the University.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The environment is nice, but don't expect a raise in the near future with the present legislature.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I have been working at University of North Carolina as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My coworkers are great, and there is a laid back atmosphere at the university.

    Cons

    As a TA you will have a hard time making ends meet if you don't live in a modest place and budget wisely, especially if you want to live alone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great school, would attend again!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great University, Currently a great department, Great town and metropolitan area. Most professors and groups support healthy work-life balance.

    Cons

    High student fees make compensation less than it seems. Take $2000 off your yearly stipend to find out what you will really be making. Because of the recent scandals at UNC, things tend to get swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be more, but they are slowly increasing the graduate stipend in my department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place for graduate work

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, tuition award. Campus is nice to looks at, there is good public transportation in Chapel Hill. My immediate coworkers and supervisor are nice people.

    Cons

    institutional culture is disconnected from reality. Undergraduates are prideful tools. Institutional culture is poisoned by focus on athletics to the exclusion of improving the university. That and having a blank check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less emphasis on NCAA athletics, more emphasis on literally anything else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Frank Porter Graham Student Union

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    Current Employee - Events Management  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Events Management in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great environment and great people.

    Cons

    Over hiring and turbulence in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot going on with full time staff such as many of them doing double duty. Fill vacant positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    An experience that has left me with new skills but also knowledgeable about the things I DON'T want for my next position

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Little supervision in the sense that I didn't someone breathing down my neck all the time, but always able to find someone if I needed to ask questions or get feedback. Collaboration between programs and research centers was invaluable. Great benefits as an EPA employee (almost 5 weeks vacation!).

    Cons

    Academia. Other centers may be different than the one I worked for, but I will never work in academia again. Too much thinking and not enough actually making a difference in people's lives.
    With academia also comes the rigid hierarchy. Unlike public agencies on the county or state level, a master's degree is not respected when working with MDs and PhDs.
    Because you are a state employee working at UNC, your opportunities for raises are small. Some flexibility if there is extra money in a grant but otherwise, we've seen very small raises the last few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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