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Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Employment often depends on federal funding (in 5 reviews)

  • Not a great company for software engineering (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time

    Pros

    I spent 10 years here, if I had not chosen to relocate I would have retired here. This is a great place with great people. Pay and Benefits are superior in comparison to equal positions at other companies.

    Cons

    Upper managment has become highly politicized in recent years. Less focus on employee retention and more focus on cutting costs and making one person do the job of several.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees, ask them to help with cost cutting measures that does not include layoffs or combining positions.


  2. "New Leadership is Working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New President is clearly the leader we have needed for some time. Good communicator who is able to work with diverse groups and is honest and upfront.

    Cons

    Organization needs to base raises and promotions on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep advocating for us!

  3. "Say hello to the 21st Century"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time

    Pros

    PTO, Relaxed Atmosphere and no micromanagement

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in terms of direct supervisors and department heads. It might be different in other departments and the communication needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people about what is going on with the organization, make them feel connected and stick up for them. This is the 21st century and you are living in the past.


  4. "Too many office politics for me"

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    Former Employee - Export Compliance Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Export Compliance Specialist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed work environment, casual dress

    Cons

    Low pay, too many office politics

    Advice to Management

    Choose better employees who genuinely care about others and not just advancing their own careers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Heads buried in the sand"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Nice people, very flexible work environment, casual atmosphere. Great PTO (providing you can take it). Lots of opportunity to socialize with colleagues.

    Cons

    Terrible healthcare benefits. Sadly most people here have not worked anywhere else so don't realize just how bad things are in comparison to other organizations. The choice is an insanely high-deductible plan which provides NO vision coverage or an HMO that charges whatever it feels like for its services. HR actually believes they are providing employees with great options and refuse to acknowledge there are any problems.

    A pervasive culture of not giving people information they need until it's too late. If you know the right questions to ask, people are very helpful. If you don't, you won't find out until someone complains.

    Nothing ever seems to get done. Lots of great ideas and goals but no money or staff to follow through.

    Antiquated computer systems, out-of-date office equipment and everything has to be ordered second-hand. There is an ENORMOUS amount of wastage at UCAR with money being over-spent in areas that could be saving a lot more (healthcare, 3rd-party vendors, catering, etc) and under-spent in areas that desperately need the money.

    Advice to Management

    Find alternative health insurance plans ASAP. The ones that are on offer are a joke and the companies must’ve laughed themselves silly when they convinced UCAR to sign up for these. There are dozens of other options out there that wouldn’t cost the organization any more but evidently someone somewhere is too lazy to do the research. Ditto for other outside vendors such as stationery, office equipment, etc.

    There should be a separate department for training for new people in the organization's rules, policies and culture as well as the software and systems used. Leaving it up to individuals in the divisions can lead to confusion and important details being missed.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, minimal micromanagement. The company is very segmented though, so different divisions (known as Labs) may have different cultures.

    Cons

    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NCAR Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A great academic type environment with flexible schedules and great work-life balance. Cutting edge research and surrounded by the brightest minds in the field.

    Cons

    Funding is often in flux which can lead to some uncertain times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make the hard decisions that will lead to the institute towards the highest quality atmospheric research.

  8. "PA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, generous PTO, great benefits, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    None I can think of


  9. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Project Scientist I
    Current Employee - Project Scientist I

    I have been working at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research full-time

    Pros

    National research lab, flexible work schedule, highly intelligent workforce

    Cons

    Under market pay for some positions, supervision may be ill defined


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, family friendly, generally enjoyed the people, pay was OK and benefits good, plus free parking, bus pass, etc.

    Cons

    Federal funding can be dicey.


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