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Great for gaining experience but not a career.

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

I worked at RAND

Pros

Flexibility in working hours, telecommuting, interesting work, prestigious, high caliber of staff. Good benefits, excellent facilities, access to great lectures

Cons

if you don't have a PhD you are undervalued and underpaid. The RA position is a stepping stone (2 year max). If you want to get great experience before moving on with your education this is ideal.

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Provide more opportunities for RAs to develop into Project Associates. The Project Associates should be better paid and have more opportunities to lead their own projects.

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    Research Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND

    Pros

    Incredible collaborative staff coupled with excellent policy and government resources make RAND a great place to work. Well funded and financed, resources were always sufficient for project work. Terrific in-house technology and publishing departments.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment at times. Politics among supervisors and across internal departments contribute to often 'he said she said' scenarios. Difficult to cut through all the red tape.

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    A large organization that requires lots of stakeholder input for changes to occur; need to have checks in place for appeals to management's fairness.

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    RAND, an outstanding place to work

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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

    Pros

    RAND is an outstanding work environment. For researchers, the access to information on an extraordinarily broad range of subject areas is probably without parallel. This is a place for people with a passion about public service. Because it's a non-profit, it's not for those who wish to enrich themselves financially. Benefits are crafted with care and compassion.

    Cons

    Because RAND is a non-profit organization, it is not for people looking for high salary opportunities. Management could reach down more often to researchers and other staff members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to interact more informally with research and non-professional staff. The distance between management and staff often seems very large.

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