Mathematica Policy Research

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Changing culture but staying true to core values

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Mathematica has a really strong culture of excellence, objectivity and rigor. Many of the researchers are leaders in their fields and the company works with top-notch clients doing cutting edge research. I'm impressed with how management is really changing the culture to meet the current times -- they are flexible with work schedules, open to new ideas and approaches, and embracing technology. This isn't a company that jumps on the "new" thing. Rather they jump on the right thing for the kind of work they do. There's also a real infusion of new talent and energy. A third of employees have been with the ocmpany less than three years. This is balanced by the fact that many employees stay and have long productive careers. It's not unusual to be 20-year veteran.

Cons

There are many smart, accomplished and talented people. You don't advance "just because." You have to genuinely differntiate yourself and show initiative. Because it is a culture driven organization there aren't always hard and fast rules or systems -- that can be challenging for people who are shy or have difficulty with ambiguity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Embrace the change you are enacting, while staying true to the core values that have made the company so respected and successful.

Recommends
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Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Company To Work For As A Field Interviewer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Field Interviewer
    Current Employee - Field Interviewer

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research part-time

    Pros

    I have been a professional field interviewer for more than 10 years, and have worked for most of the survey, polling and market resarch companies during this time. Mathematica is my favorite company to work for. The pay is on par or better than other places, the supervisors are friendly and supportive,their flexible with scheduling, they pay per diems for meals, and they send out the expense checks ON TIME. More than I can say for other places.

    Cons

    Some of the trainings have been mediocre; some of the junior trainers were a bit scattered. But all and all, not too bad

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, predictable work, poor work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher II
    Current Employee - Researcher II

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Every employee, besides secretaries, gets their own office
    2) Mathematica has a good reputation in the field
    3) The pay and benefits are probably better than average for these types of firms
    4) Mathematica gets good contracts and interesting work

    Cons

    1) Limited professional development opportunities, especially for junior staff
    2) Co-workers are competent but not self-reflective about their craft.
    3) The culture is predictable (a plus to some) but bland. I've worked places with a much more interesting, dynamic, and diverse corporate culture.
    4) Some staff in the human services research division lack professionalism. Personal relationships often drive business decisions and staff are treated differently based upon their personal relationships.
    5) Mathematica does not hold staff, especially senior staff and project directors, accountable to expectations and policies.
    6) There's a perception that the "Mathematica way" is the best way; there is a lot of pressure to conform.
    7) As other reviewers have mentioned, Mathematica's commitment to diversity, especially in the human services research division, is suspect at best. I'd encourage you to read what others have said here on Glassdoor about diversity because I think they are correct.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold staff accountable to corporate policies. Create procedures to limit the role of personal relationships in professional decisions. Focus on increasing diversity and valuing different perspectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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