Institute for Defense Analyses

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Staid but interesting

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Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at Institute for Defense Analyses full-time (more than an year)

Pros

- A real commitment to education and professional development
- An almost academic atmosphere (difficult to find re: DoD work)
- A lot of fascinating subject material, for the most part
- Good range of tasks and personnel, from hard sciences to liberal arts-types
- Great reputation in the industry and the region
- Very stable

Cons

- Even with a shuttle service to/from the Pentagon, not the most convenient location
- Can get mired in the bureaucracy and inside baseball endemic to the Pentagon
- One often must find work for themselves among tasks within a division
- Not as much of the "liberal arts" stuff as one might hope
- Hard to advance especially far without a PhD

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create incentives to retain talented individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 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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