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Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. An Interesting company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    Pros

    Travel options and nice coworkers made UCAR a nice place to work that was diverse. It was a unique experience.

    Cons

    Insurance could have been more competitive. If you do not work in their home state, communication can be a bit of a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to keep stronger communication with employees who are not in your home state. Please evaluate the health insurance.

  2. Positive first undergraduate internship. Helped open doors to other companies.

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    Current Intern - Summer Undergraduate Research in Boulder, CO
    Current Intern - Summer Undergraduate Research in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Worked with incredibly smart and dedicated people towards an interesting scientific cause. My manager and mentors were very supportive in letting me work on projects that interested me and allowing me to work around my schedule while in school.

    Cons

    Not a lot of new people, which lead to some stagnant ideas. As an engineer, there is a limited upward mobility, with the scientists being at the top. The main experiments and directions are driven by the scientists and the engineers work under the scientists and follow their direction.

  3. UCAR/NCAR: Adrift research organization with great talent and technology

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist I in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Project Scientist I in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and talented people. Raises for first time in 4 years. Benefits have been slowly moving to the employee from the employer but still good.

    Cons

    A dysfunctional organizational structure with scientific leadership that lacks business sense. Needs to get out of the 1960's. F&A uses antiquated techniques and be careful if you are not a friend of leadership--favoritism is demoralizing. Stove piping and turf battles are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more young talent that will hustle for soft money or work with business. New approach to work private sector is smart. Your staff gets the fact that federal budgets are shrinking.

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  5. Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, including education benefits. Important mission!

    Cons

    Some of the people who work here don't seem to know how good they have it!

  6. Amazing company!

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Offutt AFB, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Offutt AFB, NE

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, 26 days of vacation per year, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Medical insurance coverage is not that great, difficult to advance, lots of term jobs.

  7. Losing sight of their mission.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, with lots of training opportunities and a mostly flexible schedule. Education benefits are pretty generous and, on the whole, the people are really great to work with.

    Cons

    Company culture has shifted and the focus is on management rather than true leadership. Pay scales in some areas are below market, raises are minimal and promotions are difficult to attain.

    Advice to Management

    The organization structure has too many levels of middle management and the organization holds on to staff who fail to fulfill their responsibilities. If they went back to a true merit increase system, slimmed down management and let go of non-performers the company would be more efficient, be able save a lot of money and cut out a lot of unnecessary steps in administrative processes. The savings would allow them to be competitive in the market and reward performing employees appropriately.

  8. Limited potential for professional growth and treated as second class citizen that lacks the "proper" level of education

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    COMET offers the opportunity to mingle with professionals in a variety of settings; operational and research alike. The possibility is there to travel and present your work at professional meetings, seminars, and conferences.

    Cons

    The "O" in COMET stands for "operational", yet there are no members on staff with operational meteorological experience. They rely solely on subject matter experts in the field to edit, revise, and add to the product being created. In other words, too much theoretical and not enough practical. A product takes from six to nine months to complete--similar to writing a thesis--yet management shows little, if any recognition. And finally, despite an outward appearance of acceptance, COMET does not inwardly support members of the military reserve or veterans. Their ideal candidate is a post-doctoral fellow from a major educational institution; i.e., Pennsylvania State University.

    Advice to Management

    Providing timely recognition for a job well done goes along way, especially if such recognition is spread amongst coworkers and peers.

  9. great place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boulder, CO

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, interesting work, interesting people, beautiful location, great benefits especially for parents (generous family sick leave plan). Excellent 403b plan with TIAA-CREF with 5% contribution required matched by 10%; vested immediately. Low turnover.

    Cons

    Working in the basement and only seeing daylight at lunch. Low-turnover sometimes means fewer new ideas. Funding uncertainty is affecting morale.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing. It's a great place to work.

  10. very satisfictory

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

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    flexible schedule, many career developing paths

    Cons

    Research field is somewhat narrow. Limited

  11. Suggestion for improvement

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work that contributes to society. People who, for the most part, try to do the right thing. The ability to work relatively independently, depending on circumstances.

    Cons

    Stovepiping between functional groups. An over reliance, in some situations, on the supervisory structure as opposed to a more sophisticated approach that considers both supervisory and project management activities.

    Advice to Management

    The supervisors in some groups think their group is organized functionally when, in fact, the groups activities have a more matrixed structure. If project-managers were included in the decision-making processes that affect them, then the groups would be more efficient, productive, make less risky decisions, and have higher morale. The supervisors appear to have a blind-spot in this area and behave as if they were unconsciously protective of their power.

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