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University of North Carolina Research Technician Reviews

Updated 24 June 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. "Exciting Environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for seminars, surrounded my motivated students and researchers. Good benefits for permanent hires. My work space was a beautiful new lab building, open and bright, with good facilities and departmental management/support.

    Cons

    Inconvenient (overcrowded for parking, pay to park and ride), low academic salary, culture of weekend and evening work for non-hourly coworkers. Trend to hire temporary for long periods (I worked temp over 2 years before permanent hire and met others in the same situation at orientation).

    Advice to Management

    Limit temporary terms. Provide resources for skill and responsibility assessment so that employees can challenge position bands.


  2. "Standard Gap-Year Research Job"

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


  3. "content employee"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Carrboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Carrboro, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, low stress, creative problem solving encouraged

    Cons

    Low pay, start as temp oftentimes and not promoted quickly.


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  5. "Better than decent, for state employment."

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

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

    Pros

    The UNC system provides excellent benefits. These include the standard retirement, health insurance. In addition, there is also access to on-campus resources: libraries, gyms, computer services. Full-time employees may enroll, free of charge, in two university courses per year.

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increases are rare. While individual offices and departments may function normally, human resources seems to move at a glacial pace.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a strong culture of academic independence in the face of challenges. Continue commitment to diversity and promoting student success.


  6. "Good place to learn, not so good salary"

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

    Pros

    It's ok, the university is fine, it's just the salary is not that competitive.

    Cons

    You are on your own, don't expect so much from other people.


  7. "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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits , people. and the job was really fun

    Cons

    parking and waiting for bus

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good people and work with them on advancement


  8. "Great research facilities and staff"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of collaborative work, researchers are eager to work with each other to create better studies. Never found myself without access to needed equipment. There are lots of opportunities to move around research areas as well, lots of postings on campus. The ability to take classes for free is also a bonus.

    Cons

    A little tough getting into campus, obviously no parking really near the med school. The bus system is pretty good though.