I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time (More than 5 years)
Great people, minimal micromanagement. The company is very segmented though, so different divisions (known as Labs) may have different cultures.
Cutting edge for weather technology, but no so for computer technology. This is sometimes just being behind the times, but is sometimes due to not being suckered in to the latest trend. This is a con because you'll sometimes work with stuff that isn't useful for padding your resume.
Federal funding = federal mandates and perverse financial incentives sometimes
Advice to Management
Get out of the way
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) in February 2017.
A one-way video interview (answering questions that were pre-programmed and then recorded) and in person. Randy, their Talent Acquisition Manager, was fabulous. The roundtable interview with the team was enjoyable, yet formal. They inserted moments of humor.
While I ended up not accepting the offer, as I was waiting on resolution on a more senior position, I cannot say enough positive things about the entire team. Meeting one-on-one with the President was a joy and quite insightful regarding his enthusiasm and commitment to advancing the organization.
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