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Updated 28 June, 2018
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Pros
  • "Very pleasant work environment, passionate and brilliant people, incredibly flexible work life" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Really interesting work, projects that matter, really good culture" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "You have to find your own work (RAND's "internal labor market")" (in 12 reviews)

  • "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 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, but high pressure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    -very bright people
    -flat structure
    -excellent perks and prominent speakers
    -high profile work while maintaining research integrity

    Cons

    -salaries are low (at least at the Europe office)
    -except a lot of overtime


  2. "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.

  3. "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...


  4. "Integrity, but bureaucratic"

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

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, noble mission. The quality of work and pride is unparalleled. Excellent benefits and good work-life balance. The company respects its employees.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. Some opacity in who gets leadership positions and how / why decisions are made. Way too many internal administrative/operational meetings. Hard and slow to get things done.


  5. "Overall pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been with the company for 23 years.

    Cons

    flexible schedule, family oriented, good benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Better training programs for staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits-tuition reimbursement
    Flexibility with time in and out- able to set your own hours
    No micromanaging from Research Support Managers (RSM)

    Cons

    Researchers are very disrespectful and do not treat admin staff like they’re human beings with feelings. I read a review here with a researcher making a comment about the admin staff saying “how hard is it to fill out a form...it shouldn’t take three days.” That is the exact environment of RAND offices. The majority of admins in the DC office are some of the most hardworking people I’ve met and yet unappreciated and underpaid. Most are in grad school part time while working at RAND full time. There is a lack of respect from researchers and the administrative assistants are treated like the help. Researchers will see you out and about outside and even in the office and walk right past you without saying a word but will send you an email within five minutes asking you to do a task for them. Its actually quite shocking.

    There’s a lack of professional growth as well. Once you’re an admin, you’re expected to stay there for years. Positions outside of the admin role are not mentioned in AA meetings. Some AAs have studied in relating fields especially in the policy sector with BAs and Masters degrees. It would be nice to see which positions are available for upward promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your administrative staff’s complaints and concerns. Do not brush things off or sweep issues under the rug. Researchers are a small part of RAND. The administrative staff is what actually does all the behind the scenes work. Make them feel appreciated.


  7. "Policy Analyst"

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

    Pros

    The projects are interesting and can be intellectually challenging. Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Salary, lack of transparency for promotion

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your junior staff

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great RA experience if you’re looking for defense work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Very flexible work environment
    -Awesome, knowledgeable colleagues
    -Great stamp on your resume for young aspiring researchers
    -RAND publishes a lot so you’ll have the opportunity to be a coauthor which is a boost for grad applications
    -Interesting research projects that have real world implications
    -Great for self-starters and motivated post grads

    Cons

    As many have mentioned, the coverage situation forces some people to take on uninteresting (terrible) projects but have great coverage opportunities. If you’re looking for research experience outside of defense, good luck! Unless you were specifically hired for a unit(health/education), it’s difficult to find work outside of defense. And based on my experience, some projects have questionable methodologies and research motives. You’ll have to spend some unpaid time to develop skills (eg programming) or meet new researchers to get coverage. Schmooze your way to great projects and choose your project leaders wisely!! Accept that you’ll probably accept bad apples just to enjoy the good ones. Be a self-starter and plan out what you want to achieve within the 3 years time frame RAs are restricted to.


  9. "Great People, an Intellectual Candy Shop"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Policy Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Policy Analyst in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at RAND part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very pleasant work environment, passionate and brilliant people, incredibly flexible work life

    Cons

    Can be stressful, sometimes competing for projects or funding


  10. "Policy Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very flexible work life, a lot of good project work available

    Cons

    can be difficult to find project coverage if not looped in with certain researchers, spend a lot of time worried about coverage instead


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