Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Reviews in Hawaii

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
16 Reviews
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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Executive Director Michael P. Hamnett
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Launders money for conservation in Hawaii- an umbrella organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get state holidays and federal holidays off (which equals about a month a year) and the benefits aren't bad- an employer match on retirement, and decent health insurance. Also, conservation work is inherently satisfying.

    Cons

    Depends on the organization under RCUH you work for, but for the most part, conservation is severely underfunded in Hawaii, and your take-home salary will most likely not be competitive (for Hawaii or the mainland US) or what you deserve for your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more oversight for individual managers within this organization. My current supervisor is incredibly unpopular, but there is little that can be done in terms of disciplining this person, getting them out of the position, or better yet, getting them the leadership training they need. As a result, we've had 4 people leave in the past year who have been loyal employees for years (until this person came into the supervisor position.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disorganized management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hawaii is a beautiful place and a great experience to work/live here.

    Cons

    The whole University of Hawaii system is very dis-organized and RCUH is part of the UH system that was created to side-step many state employment rules and regulations. However, there are many red-tapes remain and it is hard to get things through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership out of touch

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Flexible scheduling depending on your boss. Generally nice people.

    Cons

    Very resistant to change and feedback. Lots of in-fighting between leaders, and HR is out of touch. Refusal to think outside the box. Supposed to move faster than the University, but they build in so many barriers that it's hard to get things done (financials, HR, etc). Staff is not held accountable for their actions, but rather enabled to keep working irresponsibly, with little oversight. Very difficult for them to let people go, so people who haven't been productive in years keep working there, making it a very stale, frustrating environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, be open to new ideas, and bring in fresh talent! Learn to hold employees accountable, and let them go if they're not doing their job - they just bring down the organization!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A good place for research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - large university with resources to match
    - good reputation
    - large diversity of research opportunities available
    - great place to live

    Cons

    - lots of red tape and hoops to jump through
    - not a lot of room for advancement
    - no real time off, but that is the nature of research
    - office politics can get in the way of research goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - figure out how to pay taxes out of our paychecks for stipend postdocs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than a sharp stick in the eye

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    Former Employee - Jimar Pifsc Marine Research Specialist in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Jimar Pifsc Marine Research Specialist in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits. Many holidays and a generous vacation and sick leave policy. Excellent talk and good intentions when it comes to employee satisfaction and career development, but their ability to provide these is entirely reliant upon the bureaucracy and the Sponsor who is providing the funds for your employment (see below).

    Cons

    Orwellian bureaucracy. Low pay. My particular employment funding comes from NOAA, via JIMAR, but administered by RCUH. It is literally impossible to get a straight answer on many policies. Each entity of the 4-headed monster (the 4th head is the division within NOAA) has different ideas about salaries and anything else related to human resource policies. The buck stops nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover is expensive and crippling to the effectiveness of an organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Professional, responsible management of employees

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Assistant in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Assistant in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Reputable organization. HR handled my employee hiring and payroll in a timely and professional manner. Great job for a working student.

    Cons

    Website could be a bit easier to navigate, but it's functional.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Very positive experience working for RCUH

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good-enough salary
    - Great benefits
    - One of the most stable employers in all of Hawaii
    - Very reasonable schedule, work/life balance

    Cons

    - a lot of bureaucracy, but that's to be expected in an organization this size
    - Unlike most universities and university organizations, ability to take free classes is EXTREMELY limited. UH probably has the worst setup for their stuff in this area of any higher education institution I've ever seen. But with nothing else on the island to compare this to, most people probably don't realize that being able to take free classes is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work overall.

    Allow free courses, with far fewer restrictions, to staff members. This was the weakest aspect of UH compared to most major universities. It is currently in a sad state

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible Scheduling and good benefits

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits + paid holidays
    Flexible Scheduling
    Good Pay
    Tuition benefit
    Great People

    Cons

    Research based so if you're not very interested in research then this may not be the place for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    not recommended.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

    Pros

    Easy access to water sport for poor postdoc people. Fairly long paid vacation time of 4 weeks a year with 2 weeks that can be carried over. That will give you a maximum of 6 weeks of paid vacation, and it is payable at termination of job.

    Cons

    Library information access is limited. You would not be able to access a lot of common databases. The management team is unfriendly. They lock themselves in secured buildings like they are the target of something. Think who needs all those security barriers?

    Living cost is high for the salary. High crime rate near the campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization should balance the need from both postdocs and PIs. The management team is treating the postdocs unfairly because it thinks the postdocs are not bringing in money directly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good to start career

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii

    Pros

    -Independence to grow
    Good benefits
    -Vacation package

    Cons

    - Disorganized
    - Poor management style
    - PI's lack leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees who put in 100%

    No opinion of CEO

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