Unavco Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Non-Profit Organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Unavco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working with the Managers, Engineers and Technicians. I started when this organization had professionalism, conducive to employee input and less politicking.

    Cons

    Chairperson and upper management condones unprofessional standards from administrative personnel. A lot of gossiping and back stabbing for a non-profit organization. Sadly none of those that are unprofessional will ever be more than just administrative personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at your lower level bullish behavior.


  2. Systems Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unavco full-time

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

    Pros

    Some excellent people at office and in the field.
    Interesting programmatic/research projects
    Excellent student outreach program
    Health-care benefits

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity
    Well below market compensation for salary
    At the time, resistant to upgrading to new and current datacenter technologies.
    Dependent upon grants for funding

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people... they are your greatest resource.


  3. The Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unavco

    Pros

    It is an extremely rewarding career choice.

    Cons

    There is no upward mobility.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ok but could be better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unavco full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome mission with a great relaxed culture. Tons of funding.

    Cons

    Poor management and no clear career path to follow. Upper managers are not managers they just have seniority, so they really don't know how to make a company perform. The cost of living in Boulder is far too high for what Unavco pays most of its employees. Wasteful spending at times.

    Advice to Management

    Having a PHD in Science does not make you a good manager.


  6. Helpful (2)

    The leadership tries, but is isolated, hierarchical, and critical.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unavco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Location, benefits, good co-workers, flexibility.

    Cons

    The President does not manage upper managers effectively. UNAVCO has an increasingly disconnected senior management that lacks vision, values process over content, and looks down on and finds fault with staff. Company has a very high rate of vacancy, but this is seen as simply a retention problem and a matter of people not conforming. Culture has changed for the worse.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Supporting cutting edge science in a small organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Unavco

    Pros

    UNAVCO is very well respected by the science community. The science areas supported by UNAVCO are cutting edge and are growing. The environment is more academic then business, providing a more relaxed working environment. Jobs seem to be fairly stable since funding is in 5 year cycles. Benefits are very competitive, while compensation is a bit lower than similar types of science supported Government funded organizations. A good way stop in one's path toward a PhD.

    Cons

    External appearances are misleading. Management is old styled and non-supportive of current management practices (collaboration, transparency, inclusiveness, communication). With the new president some of these issues are being addressed; time will tell. The organization is fairly flat which also means career opportunities (promotions) are limited (so this is a positive and negative). HR is rudimentary and not always competent.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and support collaboration, transparency, inclusiveness, and communication within the company and provide structure for the community and staff to get to know each other better.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Cool organization that changed for the worse

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unavco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great science is being accomplished by this non-profit consortium. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Most employees are interesting and outdoor oriented. They manage a large GPS instrument network and help scientists install temporary and fixed stations to measure movements in the earth's crust. Became independent from UCAR in the early 2000's. Is a good environment for Directors and above and junior-level staff.

    Cons

    During the last three years management has reorganized its organization into a rigid hierarchical structure that has more in common large commercial organizations. The half a dozen senior management personal have wide ranging authority. The middle management has little independent authority and limited visibility. Moral is poor among a large number of staff and they have experience vacancies of key personal in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Managements need to bring middle management into the decision making process. They need to make the organization more agile.



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