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Tops in survey research, but it takes a long time to advance

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

A top company in its field and growing in a tough environment.
Very talented staff and collaborative atmosphere.

Cons

Clients can be demanding and winning new business requires long hours.
Advancement can be slow

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize where talent exists in the company and promote. Don't always look outside the company.

Other Reviews for NORC at the University of Chicago

  1.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago

    Pros

    Interesting, important policy work
    Motivated, smart, hardworking people
    Decent compensation
    If senior management folks like you, you will be well taken care of

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance, in which I was told that I could not take time off for a vacation even though I had asked months in advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work at if you don't mind dealing with big egos and nepotism.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago

    Pros

    If you are looking for work/life balance, this it the place to be at. NORC offers good pay and benefits to its employees. I would say their salaries are on the high end of market value, and as long as you do your job (i.e. check your e-mail at least once a day), and sometimes even if you don't, the chances of displacement are slim. For a company who claims to be non-profit, this is pretty good. Management is pretty much hands off, you management your own time and workload.

    For the most part, you are surrounded by very talented, competent, and well-humored staff.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises seem to be based on whether or not you are liked by management and not necessarily on job performance or lack thereof. There have been demotions with pay raises all in the same year and promotions and/or no repercussions to employees who lose clients.

    Communication and decision-making is poor. Staff (at all levels) seem to not want to be responsible what they say, much less for making decisions. Not a good thing, if you are a team-based player or type of individual who is always looking to move things forward. If this is you, you will probably find yourself making a lot if not all the decisions unless you want something sitting on your desk for weeks, maybe months.

    Too much nepotism going around. There are some who have kept their jobs for who they are and not what they do. This can be pretty irritating, if you are working with this person and they are not providing you with what you need to do your own job.

    Talented and competent staff seem to have a big ego. Put all of them in one room, and it starts to get a little stuffy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at who actually is doing the work for you and learn to appreciate and develop them.

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