Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
3.3 of 5 12 reviews
www.rcuh.com Honolulu, HI 1000 to 5000 Employees

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    Professional, responsible management of employees

    Undergraduate Lab Assistant (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than a sharp stick in the eye

    Jimar Pifsc Marine Research Specialist (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsVery 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).

    ConsOrwellian 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 Senior ManagementTurnover is expensive and crippling to the effectiveness of an organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A fairly functional bureaucracy that works a lot better than the state government.

    Research Scientist (Former Employee)

    ProsRCUH is just a machine that was built to allow hring of non-permanent staff so they don't have to get hired through the State - which has to approved every position. It's inevitably a bureaucracy and soulless, but they get the job done and are staffed with competent people. I loved the job I had and my day-to-day colleagues, RCUH was essentially just an HR administrator.

    ConsBureaucracies within bureaucracies. The state government's hiring process is so impossible that RCUH does a lot of hiring for them, but I was administered by PCSU--the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit--yet another layer. Lots of rules.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up, or reform state government! We can't all get a pension like state workers. Lucky you live Hawaii, brah.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was okay but is only dependent on grant money

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood PTO and holiday schedule

    Conshas no control over management whatsoever

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    Very positive experience working for RCUH

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    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 Senior ManagementKeep 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexible Scheduling and good benefits

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAn additional 10% employer contribution to retirement.

    ConsAlthough not as bad as UH, there is still associated bureaucracy.

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    not recommended.

    (Former Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsEasy 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.

    ConsLibrary 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good to start career

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    Pros-Independence to grow
    Good benefits
    -Vacation package

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward employees who put in 100%

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    a good system to work with if you decided to work for university of hawaii

    MRI Specialist (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    Prosless bureaucracy, requests for assistant usually are responded quickly.

    ConsEmployees need support letters from employers if they want get a university ID so they can use university facilities such as the library.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice to see more flexible 401K plans and more options on health cares.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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