University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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Great place
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Boulder, COMay 29, 2016
Really good place to work, nice people, very professional. Passionate people.

It was very laid back, just as long as you were completing tasks on time and not wasting time
Pros
Learning new things
Cons
Really far
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Best employer in Boulder
Program Administrator (Former Employee) –  Boulder, COFebruary 9, 2016
Working at UCAR gave a sense of contributing to a world wide effort of important science. Management was also immensely supportive of the work/family life balance.

The benefit offering is also superb.
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Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Boulder, COMay 14, 2015
Great place to work, I've been here for 21 years. The benefits are very good as well. UCAR does a lot of amazing work and I am happy to be a part of it!
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Great place to work but no stability for longevity
System Administrator I (Current Employee) –  Chanhassen, MNSeptember 4, 2014
I have nothing negative to say about working here, however the fact that it is governed by the federal government makes longevity highly unlikely. Currently they are closing my facility and relocating jobs to Alabama.
Pros
Great coworker environment
Cons
Stability in job
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What a Scam
Scientist (Former Employee) –  Boulder, COMarch 18, 2014
This once great institution has been reduced to mish mash of part time/student employment opportunities.
Consistently one will find jobs posted that require computation/scientific skills that only a handful of people have, yet the position will either be posted as looking for a student intern of a project scientist I, which pays about as much as an undergraduate would expect to get in their first year after school coding Java or C#. In addition almost every job (except the rare replacement position) is a term position. Used to be 3 year terms, now I see it is almost always a 1 year term.
Also, technology at the institution is stuck in the 1970's, with ancient language such as fortran ruling the day.
Poor management, elitism and complete lack of any clear perception of reality has tainted this institution.
Steer clear.
Pros
Vacation time, work/life balance, 401k match.
Cons
No real jobs, just scams!
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Good Company
Event Services Casual (Current Employee) –  Boulder, COJanuary 24, 2014
It's just a part time job but they do a great job of working around school and what not to still try and get you as many hours as they can.
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Working for a great cause
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Boulder, CONovember 13, 2013
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and focuses on research and training in atmospheric and Earth system sciences. The organization has a very academic environment, with a loosely federated, functional structure. The pay tends to lag behind the private sector, but offers good benefits such as educational assistance, retirement plan, child care, etc.
Pros
Work towards a good cause
Cons
Pay rates, budgets tied to Federal budgets.
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It is a pioneering institution promoting atmospheric science and related research
Atmospheric Scientist (Current Employee) –  Boulder, COAugust 26, 2013
It is an honor to work with institution like UCAR. It provides an excellent opportunity to contribute and excel in various aspects of atmospheric science.
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