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University of North Carolina Reviews in North Carolina

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.6 122 reviews

13% Approve of the CEO

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Carol L. Folt

(10 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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 11 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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    Decent place for graduate work

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

    ProsBenefits, tuition award. Campus is nice to looks at, there is good public transportation in Chapel Hill. My immediate coworkers and supervisor are nice people.

    Consinstitutional culture is disconnected from reality. Undergraduates are prideful tools. Institutional culture is poisoned by focus on athletics to the exclusion of improving the university. That and having a blank check.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess emphasis on NCAA athletics, more emphasis on literally anything else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great school, would attend again!

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

    ProsGreat University, Currently a great department, Great town and metropolitan area. Most professors and groups support healthy work-life balance.

    ConsHigh student fees make compensation less than it seems. Take $2000 off your yearly stipend to find out what you will really be making. Because of the recent scandals at UNC, things tend to get swept under the rug.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation needs to be more, but they are slowly increasing the graduate stipend in my department.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Frank Porter Graham Student Union

    Events Management (Current Employee) Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    ProsGreat environment and great people.

    ConsOver hiring and turbulence in management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot going on with full time staff such as many of them doing double duty. Fill vacant positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An experience that has left me with new skills but also knowledgeable about the things I DON'T want for my next position

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    ProsLittle supervision in the sense that I didn't someone breathing down my neck all the time, but always able to find someone if I needed to ask questions or get feedback. Collaboration between programs and research centers was invaluable. Great benefits as an EPA employee (almost 5 weeks vacation!).

    ConsAcademia. Other centers may be different than the one I worked for, but I will never work in academia again. Too much thinking and not enough actually making a difference in people's lives.
    With academia also comes the rigid hierarchy. Unlike public agencies on the county or state level, a master's degree is not respected when working with MDs and PhDs.
    Because you are a state employee working at UNC, your opportunities for raises are small. Some flexibility if there is extra money in a grant but otherwise, we've seen very small raises the last few years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a good neplace to do research

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    ProsI am in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department. The lab layout is open space lab which promote member interaction between labs and resource sharing.

    ConsParking is very limited. Most of the employees park outside of the campus and take bus to come into the campus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBenefit is ok. Working culture is pretty good. People are friendly and willing to help. A good place to start a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good University

    Clinical Instructor (Current Employee) Chapel Hill, NC (US)

    ProsRespectful employer
    Flexible schedule
    Pleasant university atmosphere

    ConsLow pay
    Slow advancement schedule
    Parking is impossible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good place

    Instructor (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC (US)

    Prosnice people, nice place, do not push you, work-life balance

    Consnot challenge enough to update your knowledge as an instructor

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    A typical graduate student experience

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

    ProsJust 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.

    ConsBenefit 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun and engaging

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC (US)

    Prosfun and exciting atmosphere, people are excited about the research they are doing; very collaborative environment and share resources; people are willing to help

    Conschange can be a slow moving process, caught up in bureaucratic red tape; like most university jobs, can be underpaid

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good place

    Instructor (Former Employee) Charlotte, NC (US)

    Prosnice co-workers, good atmosphere, work-life balance

    Consnot challenge enough to update your knowledge. almost do the same routine

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