Institute for Defense Analyses

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Only plan to work here long-term if you have a PhD

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

I worked at Institute for Defense Analyses full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-Good work/life Balance
-Lots of control over projects
-Heavily utilized my educational background
-Friendly co-workers
-Research-driven environment

Cons

-No room for advancement, especially for those with no doctorate degree
-Low raises/bonuses
-Task leaders succumb too easily to sponsor "requests," which distorts the objectivity of analyses
-High turnover rate

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Create incentives to retain talented individuals.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed, collegial atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Institute for Defense Analyses

    Pros

    This is a very flat organization; as a result, there are almost no office politics, and almost everyone is willing to help if you encounter a problem. You get to work with some genuinely smart people, sometimes on important projects. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with excellent work-life balance. Job security seems excellent.

    Cons

    This is a very flat organization; as a result, you will not be promoted to a management position, and there is really no reward for excellence. Salary is based almost entirely on longevity, rather than performance. Although this is ostensibly a research organization, much of the work has devolved into administrative support for other organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current pay structure does not encourage innovation or hard work. Many employees have figured this out and are coasting; consider getting rid of some of the least productive employees - you have plenty of well qualified applicants willing to take their place.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Important work, with many intellectual challenges, but both importance and challenge are declining.

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    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Institute for Defense Analyses

    Pros

    Interesting, knowledgeable co-workers, who are very collaborative, with little posturing. Pressure to get a predetermined answer on a study is rare to non-existent.

    Cons

    Very poor vertical communications. A lack of forthrightness in the communications. Paternalistic attitudes by management, which is not well enough connected to the staff to get their paternalism right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with the staff about challenges and opportunities facing the Institute. IDA's institutional relationship with DoD has eroded, and been largely replaced with personal contacts. Under these circumstances, pursue courses of action that elevate the stature of selected staff members and make them more visible, without compromising the discretion for which the Institute is valued.

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