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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at RAND full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Great Human Resources services and benefits; they take very good care of researchers and support staff; wonderful facilities to work in in the Pittsburgh, DC, and Santa Monica offices; intellectually challenging and globally topical substance being worked on and discussed each day.

Cons

Death by meeting, death by the internal process vortex of doom, and death by calcification of internal organizational structure (and lack of flexibility between or within internal groups); a cautious fear permeates a significant portion of the service groups which tamps down innovation or real growth; skill sets are encouraged to stagnate; *severe* lack of investment into personnel development and training; there a minimal avenues for advancement.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take corrective actions against ineffective managers, but in particular TRAIN your support staff managers in *how* to manage people - and not just retreats but hands on help. They really need it, and they really don't know that they need it. Also, remember to invest in the professional development of your support staff - not everyone working there is a PhD or MD and some people yet need more education and training in order to do their day-to-day jobs more effectively.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to stimulate your mind while contributing to society

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RAND

    Pros

    RAND is full of brilliant minds. Folks of all disciplinary backgrounds come together to work on really interesting projects that matter to policy realms, not just in the US but globally. There's never a lack of interesting projects--it's a candy store, nay, a candy factory for nerds who want to apply their minds to some high profile challenges we face today. Amazing location (SM), by the Santa Monica beach/3rd street Promenade, great weather, flexible work schedule... I can go on and on.

    Cons

    You make your own salary--if you have projects to bill, then work on as many projects as you need. If you don't, then you gotta scramble. It keeps everyone on their toes and is an interesting incentive mechanism, but it could be stressful if you're in a field where money is tight (i.e. non-defense or non-health research areas).

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    Great place for self-starters

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, ever-changing tasks

    Cons

    Dispersed colleagues, must find own work

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