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Interesting changes in Information Services

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at RAND full-time

Pros

Management brought in a new CIO who emphasizes concentrating on projects that add value to the company. He challenges existing concepts and is detailed when it comes to approving new endeavors.

There is emphasis on a few important projects that support the RAND strategic mission. This and pushing to reduce support work to allow developers to concentrate on important projects has helped to allow us to get more real work done. In some ways it has made work less stressful, although not completely.

RAND is a company where the environment is stimulating. At RAND you work with very talented researchers who generally are eager to have your help and recognize that you have something to offer them that they can't do themselves. The research that we are involved in affects everyone and adds to policy and decisionmaking ability for all of the most current issues we face. It makes you proud to work here.

The CIO has an open-door policy and it seems like if you spend time with him to get his feelings about a project you are working on it helps to make sure that you will be headed in the right direction. I think it appears that his approach is working. Our internal clients have said that the differences they see are positive and we hear that the reputation of our IS department is good and getting better.

Cons

We sometimes get stuck in our old processes and procedures, creating an environment where there isn't much new. Some of our folks see this as comfortable, so there has been a lot of concern on the part of some in IS over the changes that have been introduced. This has caused griping and made some people hard to work with at times. I guess that isn't unusual with new management.

Pushing projects through the approval processes at different "gates" is a new process for us, and has been a challenge and sometimes frustrating. At times the PMs feel like they are ready to move forward, and then they are told to go back and re-do some of it. It is a learning experience.

We have lost a few people and hiring replacements is going slowly.

Some of the responsibilities that people had before have been taken away and they are having to look for new ways to make their contributions known. I am not sure that this is recognized.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to advice from all of the staff. Lots of us have advice that can help. Look for ways to bring people together and keep open communications, particularly between the different groups within IS. Continue to recognize people for their hard work with award like the impact awards. Consider internal promotions for people who are doing more.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're not in IT

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    RAND is a great company that has meaningful impact on the world. Their pay is decent, the benefits are fantastic, and you could have the opportunity to meet and work with many great people.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you're an IT Professional. Senior management in IT trusts nobody and treats long time employees with proven track records like children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your HR department about senior IT management. Survey your loyal employees. A recent appointment was a big mistake.

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    Smart people, great work

    Current Employee - Senior Operations Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Researcher in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, Incredible people, fanstastic location

    Cons

    Yearly contract renewal on some projects means some uncertaintiy

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