Great place to work but no stability for longevity
System Administrator I (Current Employee) – Chanhassen, MN – September 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.
Scientist (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – March 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.
Software Engineer (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – November 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.