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University of North Carolina Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
215 Reviews
3.8
215 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 12 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Clinical Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Social Clinical Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Your experience depends on the team of people you're working with, but I have been lucky. The PI I was working with gave me a great deal of atonomony and has a great team of motivated smart people working for her. I have had the opportunity to work on several of the PIs studies, and have learned so much about the world clinical/social research. Overall it's been a fantastic job.

    Cons

    People generally stay in the UNC system for too long, and become apathetic or negative. In reasearch there are lots of ebs and flows to the work, so there are periods where there is very little to do. There is also little room for growth unless you have a PhD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Fair and good place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    UNC is a great institution. You decide where you want to take your career and you should make the most of it.

    Cons

    There are all the usual politics that there are in any other work place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Supportive environment for postdoctoral training

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    There is actually an Office of Postdoctoral Affairs where postdocs can go to get advice on such topics as resumes/CVs, interviewing strategies, and grant writing. The OPA often puts together events in conjunction with other organizations on campus (e.g., NC Tracs, or other academic institutions) that are usually free (or low cost) such as career fairs or career development symposiums).

    Reasonable cost of living (having lived in Midwest and West coast) in Chapel Hill/Carrboro areas.

    As a whole, UNC exhibits a collegial atmosphere that enables postdocs to pursue multidisciplinary research.

    Cons

    To get the most out of medical insurance, you're encouraged to go to the student health center, which may not always provide the best care. Coverage for dental insurance is an extra cost. Out-of-pocket expenses for basic dental care at UNC are about $200 unless you're fortunate enough to win in the lottery for a free basic check up for which students and staff enter for a drawing.

    Parking on campus is also very expensive yet limited in terms of the number of parking spaces and parking areas available to postdocs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more in-person sessions for postdocs that discuss retirement and health benefits. Consider subsidizing some of the costs for dental insurance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Office of Classroom Support review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Somewhat laid back, they will work with your class schedule to get you what hours you want. Good IT support experience. Can learn a lot about software, hardware and audiovisual support here.

    Cons

    As a student worker, you are limited to a maximum of 20 hours during the semester. Also, the student position got paid very little but I believe that is changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Crc at unc

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CRC in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - CRC in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, working with great people, great benefits. It's also nice to contribute to grant writing and published works.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth. It's very unlikely to cyst a raise or get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people raises, give people promotions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working as a Web developer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Chapel Hill, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible timing will help us to manage course along with the work load. Work - life balance is at its best.

    Cons

    Compensation benefits can be increased to students working as a part time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great school and working environment

    Cons

    None for this field at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    research assistance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Graduate Student in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    great university for metrology research work

    Cons

    there is no cons about the program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Its okay very corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of North Carolina

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunities, lots of restructuring and assistance from staff members

    Cons

    Some Self centered individuals work for this company as in any company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your staff

  11.  

    Teaching assistant as a graduate student

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great intellectual environment. Chapel Hill is not a big city, which I liked, but it has a lot to offer, especially if you are interested in healthy living and sustainable development.

    Cons

    Low stipend and a lot of fees, including a three credit tuition fee for the semester in which you only defend. I wasn't even living in Chapel Hill that last semester and they still had me pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your graduate student instead of trying to get money out of them.

    No opinion of CEO

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