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    Former Employee - Survey Researcher I in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Survey Researcher I in Princeton, NJ
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    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 8 years)


    Collegial atmosphere. It's great to work with smart people. The projects they take on are interesting and meaningful and contribute in real ways to the welfare of people. In this way, the work is satisfying and real. Promotions can come quickly if you do good work consistently. Everyone has an office with a door, which is unusual in this day of cubicles and open offices.


    Mathematica grew very quickly in the last decade and created layers of beauracracy that impede getting things done. They take quality seriously, which is great, but often things take forever to get done because of the layers of review required from very senior people. This causes unnecessary delay and makes projects expensive and bloated. There's a certain amount of distrust of junior people taking on projects so projects are managed by very senior and very expensive people. The company is very top-heavy, not letting junior people take ownership of even minor projects.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the idea that every project needs to be overseen and QA'ed by three VPs. It creates unnecessary bottlenecks and makes projects drag on. The company would benefit from more agility and responsiveness to project demands if junior people didn't have to wait for senior people to approve and oversee every detail.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Mathematica Policy Research (Ann Arbor, MI) in July 2015.


    I applied online in June and received a response in July so about a month time frame to schedule a phone interview. The process was very flexible. The HR Generalist asked for several dates I was free to speak and we scheduled based off those available dates and times.

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Headquarters Princeton, NJ
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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