Harder Company Community Research

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Harder Company Community Research Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
4 Reviews
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4 Reviews

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  1.  

    A great company with many opportunities for entrepreneurial and innovative people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Harder Company Community Research full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of research projects
    Work is applied to meet the needs of many local nonprofit organizations
    Fast paced and high energy office environment
    Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Clients may have competing deadlines
    Consulting role can be challenging in politically charged environments
    Evaluation/research is removed from direct service so those used to working "in the trenches" might miss client contact
    High levels of autonomy also come with high expectations about accountability, communication, and time management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to diversify projects so that staff are not reliant on budget of any one individual client
    Ensure open communication of expectations
    Involve staff in early leadership and business development opportunities so they understand the path to growth in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Old School Business Practice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research part-time

    Pros

    The perks to working at this very large company in the field of program evaluation is that they provide good pay and benefits for meaningful work.

    Cons

    The cons for my office were that they did not offer much flexibility. The work was done the same way that it had been done. This is to say that they are not a vehicle for creative work. This shows in a cookie cutter-simple minded product.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Great place for community-minded data geeks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    Support interesting projects that make a difference in our community
    Smart, dedicated co-workers
    Open, friendly office environment
    Offers professional development opportunities (get to go to conferences!)
    Opportunity to put academic training into practice (very applied)
    Management gives you wide berth to find your "niche" in the company

    Cons

    Consulting job, so have to have a strong backbone working with difficult clients
    You are expected to help management identify when you need help
    Fast paced environment that requires lots of flexibility
    Suceptible to changes in state and federal budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more oppoprtunities to share information and knowledge across offices!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Learned a lot but there's no professional development and management is non-existent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    - flexible work hours
    - work independently
    - professional and bright colleagues
    - great place to learn basics about consulting and evaluation
    - easy going work environment
    - management is rarely around (can be good and bad)
    - the work and projects are usually interesting
    - ability to be creative

    Cons

    - company is struggling to compete in the current market
    - sacrifice quality for quantity, especially given the current market
    - management lacks foresight
    - management is non-communicative
    - little, if any, professional development
    - no training
    - high turnover
    - little supervision, guidance and feedback
    - overwork some employees, while allowing others to do no work (a result of the lack of supervision)
    - hire people who have the skills they need in the moment, but don't foster their development within the firm

    Disapproves of CEO

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