Marketer, communications (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – May 23, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed working at UCAR but in recent years budgets have been tight and management has gone through a reduction in staff in many areas eliminating some stars. Too bad. The "experts" never are cut but they often cannot work as a team member, which is to UCAR's detriment. Someday they will learn what they once knew and followed. Job culture has deteriorated in recent years but the NCAR director is terrific and a person of high integrity. Work they do matters and is highly purposeful.
Ecopass; benefits; company matches 401K
Lack of teamwork and trust, Management often fails to see and rectify obvious problems even when discussed openly with them
Non-Science Position at Scientific Organization = Warning
Food Service Generalist (Current Employee) – Boulder, CO – June 7, 2017
As a non-scientist laborer in a scientific organization you can expect to be tolerated but not compensated or appreciated. Truthfully, there are thousands of people who can do the work you do here compared to few who can do actual science, and this organization exists to do scientific research.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – May 4, 2017
I enjoyed my time working for UCAR/NCAR the people working there are great people and do great research work. I felt as if I left my family behind as, I worked there for such a long time. Most every day was a good day, I loved going in to work, seeing and knowing the people working there for such a long time and missed very little time. I learnt about diversity, climate change and some of the good research they do in regards to tornado's, dung beetle, west Niles & weather. I had the privilege of getting to know a few of the scientist. We lost some really good people higher up in management due to funds cut, retirement & layoffs. I was one of the people left with the most knowledge of our front desk services & all other co-workers and management came in from outside UCAR, this made things a little difficult for me and it was time to move on. The culture was great! for a long time we were very diverse, not sure how diverse the culture is now. Hardest part of the job was keeping up during times we had new hires, visitors or special projects. The most enjoyable part of the job was customer service, helping people with their needs, finding requested information, answering questions or giving directions.
Spring fling, Christmas parties, good benifits, good free food, beer, wine & altenative transportaion, shuttle services, good people
Management changes, funding cuts, lots of good people moving on
DIVISIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT III (Current Employee) – Boulder, CO – November 12, 2015
Unfortunately, on the NCAR side, advancement and growth within the research center is short-lived unless one would like to continue doing the same thing over and over with no recognition. Don't get me wrong, this is fine for some, but it is a bit like school. If you are popular and get in with the right groups you excel. If you are not popular, you do not.
Human Resource Department is a mess and impacts entire organization
Support services (Current Employee) – Boulder, CO – November 8, 2015
Unfortunately, UCAR has experienced a huge upper management roll over in the last year. There are some signals of recovery, but the new HR director and employee relations manager are creating a fear based environment where people are not listened to and do not feel safe. UCAR has always been employee focused and taken care of its people, but not anymore. That being said, there are wonderful people that do work there and the scientists and NCAR are awesome.
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.