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3 people found this helpful  

Great history, rocky future.

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Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

Pros

If you have a strong research portfolio, or are a programmer interested in policy research, you'll have opportunities. Administration is an afterthought.

Cons

Administration is not highly valued. Career growth in this flat organization is difficult for administrative positions. If you're not interested in increasing responsibility and just want to stay where you are, this can be OK.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 an 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.

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  2. 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
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