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Robert D. Reischauer
8 Ratings

    Great place to work, but a few beefs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time (more than 5 years)


    Drama-free, intellectually interesting, good work-life balance, pretty good pay, down-to-earth coworkers, non-bureaucratic. Overall a great place to work.


    Advancement feels like it is based on luck -- whether you were put on a project that happened to involve peer-reviewed journal articles as deliverables, a proposal that happened to be successful, etc. -- it's not enough to just do your assigned work well. Center managers don't communicate enough with their staff -- about when they are recruiting for new positions, submitting proposals for new work, have won new work, when someone is leaving, when there is an opportunity for office moves -- so people feel "in the dark" and personally siloed and not part of a community.

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    Let staff raise their hands to work on projects, rather than being assigned to projects, so they can have more control over their professional development and advancement opportunities.

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Urban Institute Interviews

Updated Jan 23, 2015
Updated Jan 23, 2015

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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Research Associate I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Spoke with two members of staff for an initial informal telephone interview who asked probing questions about my academic qualifications, previous research experience, and my quantitative skills as well as my history of supervising research.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions during this initial formal interview.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I accepted a formal interview so there was no negotiation at this phase of the interview process.
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Website www.urban.org
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1968
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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The Urban Institute is a not-for-profit economic and social policy research organization that oversees research projects in such areas as education, health policy, employment, income and benefits, housing and communities, population studies, poverty, and judicial issues. Its Urban Institute Press publishes books and reports addressing social and economic issues from tax policy to prison reform. About three-fourths of the institution's funding comes from the federal government; most of the rest comes from foundations including The Aspen Institute and the California... More

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