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Updated 3 April, 2018
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Pros
  • Very pleasant work environment, passionate and brilliant people, incredibly flexible work life (in 16 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. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Pro"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    God tea with lots of sugar

    Cons

    Bad coffee with basically no sugar

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (2)

    "IS support"

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    Former Employee - IS Manager
    Former Employee - IS Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are good

    Cons

    Management has changed and not supportive


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Call me dissapointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, casual dress, location in Santa Monica

    Cons

    lack of movement for support staff; a conservative male oriented culture, really poor operations

    Advice to Management

    You're not going to be able to solve your problems until you take the blinders off. A CEO who has never worked anywhere else in his life is a little cloistered. You need some new blood.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great benefits, uninspiring pay, poor mid-level management"

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    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst
    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Aside from basic insurances and leave many rand positions include more leave, sabbatical leave pay, tuition reimbursement, relocation benefits and working in aesthetically pleasing, well managed offices. The RAND team is generally very well educated and engaged in impactful, interesting efforts.

    Cons

    At RAND there is a spirit of "every man for himself" as opposed to one of teamwork, collaboration, and group achievement. This fostered information hoarding, dishonesty/mistrust, and overall poor communication throughout the organization. Positions are generally high-pressure - not for those who want to work a simple 40 hour work week.


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