San Diego Supercomputer Center

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San Diego Supercomputer Center Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place for Reasearch

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved working here, everyone is friendly. The company itself is very laid back and as long as you get your work done there are no problems. All the developers are always willing to help and communication among the different departments is great.

    Cons

    There are slows days where we would have to sit around and continue to test the same things over and over. This cause for things to get a bit stale at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    on the fence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    flexible hours, campus location with private offices, good but eroding benefits. Co-workers can be interesting since many are post-docs from all over the world.

    Cons

    Infrequent pay raises ...negotiate well because COL increases are 2% every 3 years and base compensation is well below industry. Limited opportunities for advancement unless you are a member of the inner Ph.D. circle. Like a previous reviewer wrote "promotions are few if any". Disengaged management with a passive-aggressive style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional managers don't promote researchers to management positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Environment to Experiment and Focus on Work that Piques Your Interest.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    SDSC is an academic institution, and I believe that this mindset really translates over to the work environment. From my experience, we work on projects that seem interesting and care less about shipping off products on some arbitrary deadline and focus more on discovering the effectiveness and possibilities that a project may yield. I am free to approach projects using the technologies that I am comfortable with and have to option to pursue ones that I am interested in learning. They offer their undergraduate researchers the opportunity to teach, contribute to open-source, attend conferences, and even pay for on-site courses. However, the most rewarding pro would be the people you get to work with. As an undergraduate, I greatly appreciate how SDSC has given my the ability to work with seasoned engineers and scientists as peers. I have yet to meet someone in the office that was not understanding and willing to take the time to answer my questions, and from a multitude of different perspectives. Working at SDSC has truly provided me with a length of rewarding experiences that I wouldn't trade for the world.

    Cons

    I was not on salary and worked for $17/hr. This is not very competitive pay for a position in the IT/CompSci industry. I couldn't find any full-time positions open starting after my current position terminates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people but poor career ladder

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    Former Employee - Senior Computational Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Computational Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best place for a fresh PhD to work at. Lots of freedom to become an individual contributor with minimal supervision and a nice place to develop some key skills. Laid back environment, flex timings.

    Cons

    Lack of career ladder, no bonuses stocks 401k contributions, salary is lower than norm and stays stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to find ways to make connections to industry and offer a career ladder and path to salary increments if you want to retain talent.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    By far the worst place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at San Diego Supercomputer Center as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office facility is not too bad.

    Cons

    The project leaders cannot be any dumber and are so disconnected from how the real world operates, the resources they provide you to lead the projects are extremely incompetent, you have to pay for parking through you nose and that doesn't even guarantee you a spot when the school is in session...I can keep going on why you should run in the other direction if you are offered a job here!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just quit...you cannot get any worse!!

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

    Great Science but limited growth potential beyond a certain limit

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    Current Employee - Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    Freedom to pursue your projects of interest, that is the biggest pros to working here. Never a dull day at work, and if you are fortunate to be in a good team like I am, you will do leading edge research.

    Cons

    The center does not have too many career paths and hard to grow beyond a certain limit and that means promotions are few if any. Academia does have its limits and SDSC is no exception.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    Flexible, you can even work at home. A lot of experience people could teach you and so many opportunities to learn new technology.

    Cons

    You will be distracted by the funding problem, each team is supported by the funding, there is not stable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since this is an academic institution, i hope the management can be separated from UCSD and SDSC could have more power to control the funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    SDSC PAIV

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits. Opportunity to work with brilliant, enthusiastic people. Opportunity to take classes and enjoy being on campus.

    Cons

    Funding is tight. When the grant you're hired to work on is finished you may not have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Others except SDSC to provide excellence in software and service - it's important that SDSC provide service that's at least as secure, reliable and robust as what's common in industry.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Whats going on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    Very flexible timing. university benefits

    Cons

    It used to be a transparent place with lots of enthusiasm. Now the management has changed and it has become a gossip haven. The place has downsized so much with every man for himself. Lack of leadership is clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage old timers and recognize the talent. Dont promise beyond means.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Just because the rats have left doesn't make it an attractive ship.

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst IV in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst IV in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center

    Pros

    Slack off with total lack of accountability, manage like a tyrant and get promoted for it. Incompetent? We have a window office waiting for you!
    But at least they promote women. Even really awful ones.

    Cons

    If you have no phd and aren't a manager, you're screwed in countless ways. SDSC lost core funding, so everyone is leaving ASAP, and only the slimy residue of idiots is left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave now. Or yesterday. All of you. Take that job in Delaware you were applying for (did you think we wouldn't hear?)

    Doesn't Recommend

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