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University of North Carolina Graduate Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 23 August 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. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a graduate research assistant and benefit a lot from the academic environment in there

    Cons

    Location is restricted not very open to industry


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Campuce
    Good research environment
    nice weather

    Cons

    P.h.D Students pay to study even with scholarship
    Students salaries did not increase for the last 4 years although fees and cost of life are increasing
    It cost more to park on campus than to park uptown charlotte

    Advice to Management

    Value a little better your P.h.D Students.


  3. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive learning environment, great support of advisor

    Cons

    little opportunity to negotiate salary


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  5. "Know your PI"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall, a very friendly and collaborative environment. Most faculty and scientists here are very supportive. Its really a great place to do high impact research.

    Cons

    Some of the faculty treat their post docs and graduate students like crap. Not exactly an unique situation to UNC, but just a reminder to anyone looking to post doc their to check up on the reputation of their principal investigator before working for them.


  6. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work friendly, Tests technical capabilities

    Cons

    Low funding, less positions available


  7. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good opportunity to keep in touch with the reality of professional world, a additional way to learn and practice theories we are acquiring as student and an interesting mean to complete the financial needs.

    Cons

    Necesity of better manage the time between job and class assignments

    Advice to Management

    Need to be organized


  8. "Graduate Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work and it is challenging at times which brings up the best in you.

    Cons

    At times there is less work to do and at times the exact opposite of it. Otherwise its easy going


  9. "Biomedical Science Graduate Student at UNC"

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

    Pros

    Had a $1000 salary increase in past years. Not many other pros really.

    Cons

    Many people end up having to TA additional courses if PI doesn't have funds.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a guaranteed income for graduate students regardless of fields and regardless of what happens to your research advisor down the line. You are making a five year commitment to the institution, the institution should make a five year in you.


  10. "Overall Experience was Positive"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am from CCI and my Job does pay well. Although, the work as a TA is more compared to others but I got to a learn a lot of things. And, then again, it completely depends on the Course and the Professor you are working with.

    Cons

    Parking on-campus is frustrating and it is too costly for students. So, I have to take the Campus Shuttle which takes a long time to reach for work and thus it is time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Please do something about the Parking


  11. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent research with very well known expert principle investigators. Great classes to enhance learning experience.

    Cons

    Long working hour and hard to balance work and life.