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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Executive Director Michael P. Hamnett
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  1. "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.


  2. "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    The employee self serve application is helpful but outdated.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


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The folks I worked with at PCSU were professional, intelligent, good people which made for a great working atmosphere and opportunity to grow and excel. RCUH provides incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. This was one of the best jobs I ever had.

    Advice to Management

    The support you provide to staff working collaboratively with State agencies is invaluable.


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  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, university work environments available. If you like to work on multiple projects at a time, this can be a possible perk. Being on multiple projects can increase the likelyhood your position will be sustained. You can also help in making your own job more secure.

    Cons

    Minimal job security, the most common reason for people leaving is the end of a project. It's up to the leadership in your group to keep things going, and it's very easy to let things drop.

    Advice to Management

    Hang on to your best employees for as long as possible. This means finding a way to sustain a pool of core talent, and not being satisfied with one hit wonders.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kahului, HI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kahului, HI
    Recommends

    I worked at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii full-time

    Pros

    Title III Grant Program project director and staff were awesome to work with.

    Cons

    Due to set grant funded positions, no advancement opportunities were available.

    Advice to Management

    keep up great job.


  7. "Love working with RCUH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilo, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are flexible and understanding of what real life looks like, but real work is expected. In my work I have variety of people I work with,

    Cons

    the only con I have is that I want to live elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    love you guys


  8. "UH Maui College Title III Grant Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - UH Maui College Title III Grant Administrative Assistant in Kahului, HI
    Current Employee - UH Maui College Title III Grant Administrative Assistant in Kahului, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great program helping first time full time Native Hawaiian students to earn a college degree. Awesome people to work with and always working towards students success.

    Cons

    Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institution Grant is only a five year grant. It should be institutionalized so the students don't have to worry about losing their services and employees don't have to worry about losing funding at every 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Ben Guerrero is an awesome boss; a very kind and gentle man. Sometimes has an off the wall humor but he can be fun.


  9. "Untrustworthy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Employer contribution to 401K. Good increases and excellent performance review forms. Jobs located on all islands in Hawaii and usually there are several openings posted.

    Cons

    No due process or notice when you are terminated. Many co-workers let go after being relocated to Hawaii to take positions. Then, big surprise...way before end date of contract or even permanent position...they tell you they have run out of funding for your salary. Then you're stuck getting yourself and your stuff back to the mainland and finding a job. Lot's of what appears to be corruption with UH and RCUH executives.

    Advice to Management

    Watch our for how you handle layoffs...you are getting a bad reputation that will eventually harm your ability to recruit.


  10. "Admin and HR services for various University of Hawaii related projects."

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    Current Employee - Astronomer in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - Astronomer in Hilo, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They handle the Admin/HR side of hiring people for a variety of university related projects/institutes. You can get a UH ID card when working for them. Generally okay.

    Cons

    Their job application system is poor. It crashes a lot.

    They do not offer paid parental leave. this might be standard in the USA but its still bad.

    Poor on visa-related issues, despite this being a common occurrence for research institutes.

    Very rigid on what institutes using them can offer employees in terms of benefits/flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your job application site.


  11. "HR management is better than at the UH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good HR portal for employees, electronic W-2, direct deposit gets set-up quickly, most HR management associates do respond to inquiries quickly

    Cons

    Benefits department did not respond to inquiry after project ending. They only handle HR stuff but everything else is handled by the hiring unit.


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