Human Resources Research Organization
3.5 of 5 2 reviews
www.humrro.org Alexandria, VA 50 to 149 Employees

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Dr. William J. Strickland


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Overall good company!

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Alexandria, VA

I worked at Human Resources Research Organization

Pros1) Broad-based experience 2) Exposure to senior leaders in other organizations 3) Annual bonus 4) Caring coworkers 5) Travel 6) Catered lunch on presentation days (average of 1 per week)

Cons1) Lower salary, 2) Long hours at times, 3) Cannot advance to high level without a PhD, 4) Menial tasks at times, 5) Conflicting priorities

Advice to Senior ManagementJunior staff needs to be developed more and given more responsibility. Its easy to get lost in projects, particularly high-profile ones but this can sometimes leave junior staff wondering what to do next.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good consulting org to be in if you are an introvert and heavy into I-O psychology, education, test development, etc.

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Alexandria, VA

I worked at Human Resources Research Organization full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat autonomy; little to no micromanaging and they are flexible with you working from home.

Usually asked about your interest in working on projects, rather than forcing you to work on them.

Everyone has nice, roomy, and quiet offices (no cubicles).

They will either pay for your garage parking if you drive, or will pay for your metro fare. Catered lunches for brownbags.

Leadership fairly open about organizational issues as well as celebrating organizational successes.

Usually get an annual bonus--depends on how well organization did that fiscal year. Great (i.e., friendly and competent coworkers).

Benefits (insurance, dental, etc.) are decent.

ConsFeast of famine situation most times (i.e, ether have too much work, or not enough work, which impacts your billable hours, which in turn impacts your paycheck despite the fact you are "salaried"--but I guess this comes with being in consulting field).

If you are outside the field/interest/ of I-O psychology, educational evaluations, test/certification development, (or basically not interested in staying in research), there is little to no opportunity for you to advance and grow your career.

Most staff are pretty introverted, so if you are an extravert and "loud" and gregarious, you might feel a bit out of place.

Management not always transparent about decisions to promote one employee but not the other, even if all else is equal. Low pay for educational requirement they ask for and amount of work you do.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider changing employee titles so they resonate across a wider audience; don't usually see titles like "research scientist" and "staff scientist" except in other consulting organizations.

Give employees a certain percentage (or amount of hours) hours every month for employees to use to cover their unbillable time so they are not force to take their eave or worse, unpaid leave. This would help with annoying issue of being "salaried" but not having paychecks that reflect that they are salaried--you know--better match their salary on paper with what they actually receive every month instead of living with the stress of fluctuating paychecks.

Have more realistic job previews, especially for employees who are new to the consulting field and don't understand about the whole billing your hours and you get paid according to how many hours you bill, not how much we set your "salary" at.

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