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University of North Carolina Research Assistant Reviews

Updated 23 August 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, flexibility in scheduling to honor student schedules (in 24 reviews)

  • The work environment is intellectually stimulating (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for teaching fellows/contract (in 17 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 - Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building
    Nice Campus
    A lot of free time

    Cons

    Very expensive
    Very high university fees
    Very expensive parking fees
    Mediocre management


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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


  8. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chapel Hill, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and surprisingly flexible operations.

    Cons

    There weren't really any "cons" to my experience.

    Advice to Management

    The athletic scandal is a disgrace and an embarrassment to your employees. Do something about it.


  9. "A lot of work for little pay"

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

    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.


  10. "Good"

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

    Pros

    good working culture and motivates you to work hard

    Cons

    nothing much. No career growth. Unrelated tasks

    Advice to Management

    keep going


  11. "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