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San Diego Supercomputer Center Reviews

Updated January 4, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome work environment; State of the art computing environment; great company culture in an academic university setting.

    Cons

    Mostly soft money funding on grants; lack of permanency; better known to the outside than on campus

    Advice to Management

    Negotiate better terms from the university; Create more integration with university or go fully independent.


  2. "A decent place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - laid back atmosphere
    - bringing in your pet is okay
    - competitive pay
    - awesome benefits

    Cons

    - many jobs are contract, and can be easily defunded
    - sometimes the facilities management takes forever to fix things around the building

  3. "SDSC"

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    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst IV in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst IV in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + A chance to work with smart individuals
    + Beautiful location
    + UCSD benefits
    + Laid back atmosphere
    + Provides a good mix of work/life balance

    Cons

    - little to no room for growth or advancement
    - can be drama w/ some colleagues
    - goal is to keep status quo, no efforts to support or encourage learning
    - losing funding
    - zero connection to the rest of campus

    Advice to Management

    + try to integrate more with campus
    + encourage, train, push for growth from workers


  4. "High Performance Computing Consultant"

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    Current Employee - High Performance Computing Consultant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - High Performance Computing Consultant in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work as I go to UCSD and this is among the higher paid among the on campus jobs. Lots of learning potential and the co-workers are very supportive.

    Cons

    Some days can be really slow if you prefer a fast paced job.


  5. "Great Place for Reasearch"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working here, everyone is friendly. The company itself is very laid back and as long as you get your work done there are no problems. All the developers are always willing to help and communication among the different departments is great.

    Cons

    There are slows days where we would have to sit around and continue to test the same things over and over. This cause for things to get a bit stale at times.


  6. "Great people but poor career ladder"

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    Former Employee - Senior Computational Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Computational Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Supercomputer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best place for a fresh PhD to work at. Lots of freedom to become an individual contributor with minimal supervision and a nice place to develop some key skills. Laid back environment, flex timings.

    Cons

    Lack of career ladder, no bonuses stocks 401k contributions, salary is lower than norm and stays stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find ways to make connections to industry and offer a career ladder and path to salary increments if you want to retain talent.


  7. "Great Science but limited growth potential beyond a certain limit"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to pursue your projects of interest, that is the biggest pros to working here. Never a dull day at work, and if you are fortunate to be in a good team like I am, you will do leading edge research.

    Cons

    The center does not have too many career paths and hard to grow beyond a certain limit and that means promotions are few if any. Academia does have its limits and SDSC is no exception.

  8. "Not a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, you can even work at home. A lot of experience people could teach you and so many opportunities to learn new technology.

    Cons

    You will be distracted by the funding problem, each team is supported by the funding, there is not stable.

    Advice to Management

    Since this is an academic institution, i hope the management can be separated from UCSD and SDSC could have more power to control the funding.


  9. "SDSC PAIV"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst IV in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits. Opportunity to work with brilliant, enthusiastic people. Opportunity to take classes and enjoy being on campus.

    Cons

    Funding is tight. When the grant you're hired to work on is finished you may not have a job.

    Advice to Management

    Others except SDSC to provide excellence in software and service - it's important that SDSC provide service that's at least as secure, reliable and robust as what's common in industry.


  10. "Whats going on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very flexible timing. university benefits

    Cons

    It used to be a transparent place with lots of enthusiasm. Now the management has changed and it has become a gossip haven. The place has downsized so much with every man for himself. Lack of leadership is clear.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage old timers and recognize the talent. Dont promise beyond means.


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