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Highly Challenging But Rewarding

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Current Employee - Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist in Arlington, VA

I have been working at RAND full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Wide variety of research projects; work with smart people; flat hierarchy; broad freedom and no micromanagement (almost no management at all). Really like the autonomy to get stuff done--as long as the job is about results, and I can skin the cat my way, I'll stay here.

Cons

High pressure; have to find work internally or bring in work; co-workers have very broad range of social skills; it's sink or swim.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

So far I'm pretty happy here, but I'm also finding it easy to find work and make connections. I wonder if there are people who, with a little help and scaffolding, could be more succesful.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Excellent people; frustrating business model.

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    Current Employee - Political Scientist
    Current Employee - Political Scientist

    I have been working at RAND full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people. Top notch minds and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Business model forces one to overextend oneself and discourages collaboration. It rewards generalists, meaning that one has to let areas of expertise atrophy while pursuing unrelated work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to dump the coverage system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    very rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    values-based organisation; team working; great experience as junior

    Cons

    salaries comparable to academia; yet more pressured work!

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