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Mathematica Policy Research Reviews in Princeton, NJ

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
48 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly recommended for a focused, independent & responsible individual.

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    Current Employee - Network Interviewer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Network Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Staff is always willing to help. The work is educational, interesting & makes a difference in government policies. Staying focused on tasks and arriving on time is vital to your responsibility as an employee. I highly recommend if you are serious about becoming a long-term member of a reputable company.

    Cons

    Time can go by slowly, at times can be boring. A job is a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for committed employees who show potential for promotions/more responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Avoid if you can...

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Every employee, besides secretaries, gets their own office

    Cons

    1. Worked for this company over 5 years. some of the key points to remember when you work here - discrimination, favoritism - Yes, exists here.

    During my employment at Mathematica, I have heard Male project directors cracking racial/offensive JOKES and mean words towards female employees -- Making 'STINKY' environment to work.

    You are NOT judged based on your skill-set, experience, or hard-work - but based on your face-value (what a joke !)

    3. Their attitude towards everyone is "you're replaceable", they will spend $1,000 to save $10, they make it impossible to move on within the company.

    4. Senior research and management staff often ignore emails from junior staff, and it can be hard to get help when you are stuck on something.

    5. Incompetent support staff (accounting, IT, secretaries, etc). Not good enough for the 21st century.
    Limited professional development opportunities.

    6. Lacks cultural diversity. Definitely missing dynamic, and diverse corporate culture.

    7. Some staff lack professionalism. Personal relationships often drive business decisions and staff are treated differently based upon their personal relationships.

    8. No career-growth or advancement opportunity for most of the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -intellectual atmosphere
    -collegiality
    -interesting projects
    -good perks (paid time off, 401K, etc)

    Cons

    -conservative management/division structure
    -difficult to join projects of your interest; often stuck with what you get

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Job with interesting Survey topics

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    Current Employee - Call Center Representative  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Call Center Representative in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great staff, and chance to advance from position.

    Cons

    Location during rush hour and faster computers are the only thing i can complain about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Telephone Interviewer

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    Former Employee - Interviewer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Creating your own schedule with minimum and maximum number of hours. The hours run from 9:00-11:00 or later at times, so if you need a flexible schedule this would be a good option. I was in school full time so this worked for me.

    Cons

    Interviewing people and getting them to do the surveys is really difficult at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You control your own destiny

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    Current Employee - Communications  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Communications in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, super-smart colleagues, the ability to control your own career and destiny. Collegial, team-centered environment. Company is also undergoing dramatic, positive change. New laptops for everyone, new construction has cool contemporary look, etc.

    Cons

    You need to be self-motivated and self-directed. Not an ideal environment for people waiting for someone to tell them what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be explicit about how you want staff to behave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    "Data Surveyor" Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Interviewer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting Projects
    Very Professional Atmosphere
    Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Not the state of the art in technology
    Unstable Work, Hours are based upon project length/completion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    career growth must be encouraged

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mindless work little pay

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    Current Employee - Interviewer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research

    Pros

    The company has an excellent reputation which is nice

    Cons

    Their attitude towards everyone is "you're replaceable", they will spend $1,000 to save $10, they make it impossible to move on within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourselves, stop with the nepotism, promote within and don't overlook someone because they don't have a phd or their masters yet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Management challenges but good compensation and a commitment to high quality work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research

    Pros

    Mathematica produces high quality work and has very smart and talented people that are skilled in their policy areas. The compensation package is competitive and the need for work life balance is appreciated and recognized. I worked as a mid-level researcher at the corporate headquarters so I don’t have firsthand experience in the other divisions or offices.

    Cons

    1) Colleagues are generally nice and supportive but many are quick to judge or make assumptions about different ways of looking, speaking, or thinking. There is no diversity training, discussion of cultural competence, or internal programs to support staff from diverse backgrounds. This is coming from someone who identifies as White but came to Mathematica from an organization that did much more in the area of diversity.

    2) The corporate culture is uniform so perspective is limited and thinking outside the box is encouraged but not always welcomed.

    3) Mathematica lacks diversity in the health and human services research divisions; there are very few staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups . There is some diversity along the lines of staff from traditionally non-underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and gender.

    4) Mathematica has a very top down style in everything it does. Decisions are made at a very high level with little input from lower level employees and when input is collected it’s not clear if or how it influences decision making.

    5) Management does not communicate the issues that are being considered by management in a consistent way. Management does a bad job of communicating final decisions.

    6) Policies and procedures are often unclear: you can ask two people (even high level managers) the same question and get two very different responses.

    7) Mathematica does not do a good job of integrating new staff into projects or the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Increase your focus on diversity. Recruit diverse staff and create an internal culture that is inclusive by discussing cultural competency and providing diversity training. Diversity is a business necessity and it will strengthen your work.

    2) Create formal policies and procedures, whether about flex time and remote work to how to perform basic job functions, and make sure that all staff have access to them.

    3) Ask for staff input on all decisions that will affect their work environment or job responsibilities. Make sure staff know how their input will be used and follow-up to let staff know about final decisions.

    No opinion of CEO

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