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    Breadth of research topics were incredible. Many opportunities to take on new responsibilities.


    To much pressure to take on new "clients" at the expense of quality performance on existing projects.

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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Institute for Defense Analyses in June 2015.


    Contacted by email about 2 weeks after submitting application. HR coordinated with me to set up half-day interview (ended up being 3-4 weeks later). Contacted by chair prior to in-person interview to hear more about the position over the phone. The company paid for all expenses to come to the interview and to stay overnight in order to be there in the morning. I met about 6 people individually, so there was not as much pressure as you get with a panel interview. Everyone was very friendly and informative about the culture and expectations as well as job duties and opportunities with the company. Received a phone call offer 1 week later.

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    • Why this company? What experience do you have with data collection? Take me through a project you worked on [from start to finish]. What do you want to do in the future? Can you talk about [this theory from writing sample] and how it applies to [discussion item provided]?   1 Answer

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Headquarters Alexandria, VA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1956
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Government
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors RAND, CNA Corporation, MITRE

IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses) – a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, DC – operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. Our diverse ... More

Mission: IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

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