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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 Senior 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.
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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.
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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 Senior 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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