Mathematica Policy Research

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Good environment for research but room for improvement

Researcher (Current Employee)

Pros- Very pleasant and friendly work environment
- Extremely smart and talented colleagues
- Dedication to high-quality work
- Many opportunities on interesting projects
- Flexible attitude to work schedule and telecommuting
- Generous compensation and benefits

Cons- Can be a high stress environment at times, especially when deadlines coincide
- Usually more than the 40 hours a week that are advertised. Work on weekends is rare, but work at nights (from home) is common
- Senior research and management staff often ignore emails from junior staff, and it can be hard to get help when you are stuck on something.
- Large variation in quality of project directors.
- Incompetent support staff (accounting, IT, secretaries, etc). Not good enough for the 21st century.
- Can be thrifty. Computers are a decade out of date, office chairs are bottom of the range, and accounting will argue over a few cents when processing reimbursements

Advice to Senior Management- Encourage senior staff to be more accessible and responsive. It's harder now that the company has grown but it's important.
- Senior staff and project directors are far too busy. Many cope by sacrificing their personal time, but inevitably it compromises the quality of interactions with them. Also makes career progression an unattractive path for junior researchers.
- Find a better way to integrate new research staff quickly. Sitting around doing nothing or working on projects you don't care about for 6 months is demoralizing.
- Don't be so thrifty. Having a corporate retreat once every 5 years is not good enough. Buy some new computers and chairs. This will pay off in terms of better staff morale and productivity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Collegial atmosphere with very little job turnover and high job satisfaction

    Senior Researcher (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: Diverse research opportunities with multidisciplinary staff. Cons: must be able to work in teams Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Field Interviewer (Current Employee) Tupelo, MS

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research as a contractor for less than a year


    Pros: Travel, Friendly Work Inviornment, Important Work Cons: Unstable Work, No Benifits, Pay Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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