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University of North Carolina Student Assistant Reviews

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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. "One of the Best Working Environments"

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the campus and facilities; cost of living is inexpensive and you can enjoy your time after work and weekends without worry.

    Cons

    Academia is governed by funding and changing research priorities, so change is inevitable.


  2. "DHRE Student Office Assistant at UNC"

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

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

    Pros

    Supervisors all value being students first so they are very understanding about scheduling and overcoming conflicts.

    Cons

    Sometimes we were understaffed because student's schedules left gaps in office hour availability. Then other times, we were overstaffed and students didn't get as many hours as they wanted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow students to have flexibility in their schedules. Also, continue to encourage students to reach for higher positions within DHRE.


  3. "Working at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine"

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

    Pros

    Great environment for research, Many collaborations available for basic science research, translational research (with UNC Hospital Faculties), and interdisciplinary collaborations between labs in the school of Medicine, school of Pharmacy and school of Public Health.

    Cons

    Depending on the principal investigator, the workload can be heavy. In order to succeed in science at the highest level, you need both luck and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Great career if you are passionate in doing science research.


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  5. "Great place to work as a student."

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Student Jobs are structured to work well with Students' schedules.
    Very flexible
    Full time employees and managers who are seeking student assistants are usually cool and down to earth.

    Cons

    None really.

    Pay can be low for some positions but I was really satisfied with what I was making.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really.


  6. "research assistance"

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

    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


  7. "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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time (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 Management

    Offer the ability to be updated of open position status


  8. "Easy work, upward momentum unlikely."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Assistant - Student in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Assistant - Student in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The job was simple. The university gives you clear cut instructions on what is and is not part of your job parameters. Learned a lot under my boss there, and most folks were fairly friendly and able to give a helping hand.

    Cons

    That being said, it was frustrating when there was a problem I could fix but wasn't allowed to fix it due to being worried about stepping on other's toes. If you're fine with that, great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train as much as possible for different roles.


  9. "A typical graduate student experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Just like other PhD student salary, at least in the bio area. You can live ok with the stipend in chapel hill area.
    The TIBBS often send out "Jobs, Postdocs, and Other Opportunities" emails to students and post-docs.

    Cons

    Benefit sucks, insurance package is not good. Not just the RA/TA insurance, my staff friends/coworkers told me their previous jobs provide much better benefit and insurance package.


  10. "Quality university with an abundance of resources"

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

    From a scientific research standpoint, there are many quality researchers and opportunities for collaboration. The facilities are high quality. Basically anything you need you can find somewhere on campus.

    Cons

    Transportation can be quite an issue. At peak times, the small roads in and out are extremely congested. Parking is horrendous compared to my former university. They are working on expanding garages, but it will still be an issue.


  11. "Flexible job while as an undergraduate, great people"

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

    I worked at University of North Carolina part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with class schedule, opportunities to try new things and gain skills

    Cons

    Unless you ask for some clear responsibilities and project work, it's hard to market the skills you've gained in this job after you graduate.

    Advice to Management

    Give student assistants the opportunity to gain real skills. Let them see the results of their work so that it can be used after they graduate.