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Updated 14 November, 2017
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Pros
  • Smart people doing interesting work in a collegial atmosphere (in 15 reviews)

  • Smart people, flexible work environment, good benefits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Internal labor market is stressful; you need to be fully covered at all times, which can be difficult if you work on the domestic side (in 11 reviews)

  • There is a dark side to the "internal labor market (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great Support"

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

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    They have excellent training. The marketing materials and people are very capable.

    Cons

    The pay is very low.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Innovative culture where ideas are encouraged. Not fearful of failure, just learn from what doesn't work. Work with very talented people.

    Cons

    Not many - work/life balance can be a bit challenging

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great culture. Perhaps consider Schuitema's Care and Growth Model to take the employee/employer relationship to the next level and improve employee engagement even more...


  3. "Culture Fit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Company mission is to match research to solving social issues.

    Cons

    Insular culture is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Add employee compassion to mission statement.


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    "Great place for researchers, not so much for support staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Good equipment to work with, benefits are good, salary is good, people are nice, casual dress.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, training is not sufficient, support staff not treated as well as researchers, lack of space for all the employees, no feedback on performance when you first start. Time-keeping system is a total pain.

    Advice to Management

    Micro-management can be an issues here that needs addressed. Need formal training programs, it is practically non-existent. They need to address the space issue. The people who like the open space areas are probably folks who work more collaboratively. Not supportive of some types of professional development.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment for self-starters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, autonomy, intelligent and dedicated colleagues, interesting work

    Cons

    With autonomy comes a lot of responsibility for finding project work, which can cause stress.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, with great work - home life balance. Excellent Locations and facilities.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing your vision and maintaining the culture.


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    "Overall Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely good people who are generally easy to work with, with a few exceptions. Fair compensation. Great mission. Employees care about mission.

    Cons

    Employees stay a long time and therefore there is not much room for upward mobility. Technology extremely outdated, questionable technological decisions when something is updated. Some long term employees are mostly checked out. Heavily impacted by national politics and the federal govt.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring RAND into the present as an organization, not just in the work that RAND does.


  9. "Deskside Support Technician"

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    Current Employee - Deskside Support Technician in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Deskside Support Technician in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Close to the beach, room for growth, co-workers.

    Cons

    Downtown Santa Monica traffic at quitting time is really bad.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting Work - especially for those who like to work alone"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work spans a wide variety of "hot topics" and supports a diverse client base
    - The staff is very bright with really interesting backgrounds which enhances the overall quality of work
    - There are many opportunities for cross-discipline work among the different centers and locations
    - Academic mindset

    Cons

    - Academic mindset - for some people this is a selling point, to others not so much
    - Do not expect much support - if you need assistance with something you will have to hunt to find people who can help you
    - If you like to interact with your colleagues during the workday, this is not the right place for you. Working in the DC office is like working in a graduate library - other locations may be a bit more lively.
    - If you are coming to RAND from another job (in industry or government), it may be take some time to adjust to the slower pace of work

    Advice to Management

    You have a very talented staff but there doesn't seem to be much effort to reach out to engage them so they feel like they are part of the organization. Recommend avoiding the trap of giving all of the work to the same individuals because there are untapped resources on the staff who do not get a chance to show what they can do. Recognize expertise - a handful of people cannot be experts on all of the work RAND does.


  11. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I have been working at RAND full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location, culture, people, organization, amenities

    Cons

    Unable to provide at this time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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