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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Executive Director Michael P. Hamnett
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  1. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast turnaround for paperwork in a very bureaucratic UH system

    Cons

    You don't get sick leaves cashed out unless you work for more than 10 years. So use them if you do not plan to stay there for that long


  2. "Disconnected"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (More than a year)

    Pros

    In comparison to other employers, the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The RCUH seems totally disconnected from the people at the University of Hawaii that you are actually working for. A lot of unnecessary bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the principal investigator and the employee are on the same page. The coordination between RCUH and the employing principal investigator is non-existing and to the employee, it feels like the RCUH's only purpose is to make life easier for the employer.

  3. "RCUH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and prompt HR staff

    Cons

    Majority of the positions are grant funded


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Hilo, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Allows undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from the scientific community (usually business people)


  5. "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator/Technical Lead in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator/Technical Lead in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits, benefits.....

    Cons

    The project I was contracted to support with directly with a State Division, a.k.a. "Bizaro World". Why is this a Con, you ask? Imagine if you can, a hearty mix of: protected Union members, ZERO accountability, primary focuses are to trip and fall another so your faults don't become clear, AND more drama than an MTV Real World Winnebago. Seriously....

    Advice to Management

    Stop kissing the States buttock!


  6. "RCUH Contracts"

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Relaxed relative to industry

    Cons

    pay variable, dependent on funding


  7. "RCUH Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time

    Pros

    It is located in Hawaii

    Cons

    The employees lack experience and training and the organization is understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Hold more trainings

  8. "Oceanographer"

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    Current Employee - Research Oceanographer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Research Oceanographer in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a stable framework to be able to do science in an academic setting. The pay is competitive (depending on funding availability), medical and dental insurance are partially paid via employer, 21 paid days off, sick time, and pension after one year. Good company culture and camaraderie.

    Cons

    The medical premiums just went up this year. There aren't really too many bad things in my position at all really. I'm sure the situations vary depending on the position you get.


  9. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time

    Pros

    Good amount of holidays that follow state of Hawaii schedule, more than adequate amounts of sick leave, generous vacation leave.

    Cons

    Huge variation in pay across different positions and rankings, even within rankings.

    Advice to Management

    Too closely tied to UH policies and procedures. If RCUH was meant to be a system that is more efficient than UH, then make your own policies and procedures.


  10. "Great Benefits with a Wide Variety of Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It all depends on what department you are working for.
    The amount of vacation is great!
    They are organized when getting information about Health Care, Work Visas, etc.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy when dealing with things like timesheets, visas, etc.
    The employee self serve application is helpful but outdated.
    High Turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Better management training for academics who often over confident


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