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Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Highly recommended for a focused, independent & responsible individual.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Interviewer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Network Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (2)

    Perhaps the corporate office(s) are great to work for....but the actual survey center? Not so much...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Phone Survey Operator in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Phone Survey Operator in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Free bagels on Wednesday.
    - A weekly paycheck (albeit a small one....).
    - Did I mention free bagels on Wednesday?

    Cons

    - Even though they state that you can work whatever hours you want, you can't. It's a minimum of four hours, per day. You are given an "availability" sheet to fill out when you first interview with the company. Be careful with this. I indicated a range of days and hours that I'd be available to work, and the next thing I know, I was scheduled to work a 30 hour week....on TOP of my full-time job. When I balked at this, the training supervisor became upset with me. So, I didn't push the issue any further.

    - Training. I've never seen a job with such haphazard training. Instead of having all new hires play in a "sandbox" computer area for a week, they are given two days of slideshows one week.....asked to come in the following week for one day of more slideshows, and are then given about 30 minutes to play on a dummy computer, and recite the script to a "phone monitor". The person that I was paired up with, was one of the coldest, rudest people I've ever come across. I later found out that she'd also be my acting supervisor. No thanks! You were then asked to come in and start...more than two weeks AFTERWARDS. No further training. No further coaching. No program to play on at home, while waiting. I think they wanted you to go home and study your material. Again, I have a full-time job. I don't have time to study material for a part-time job....one that really doesn't pay me enough to begin with....

    ....which brings me to...

    - The pay. For what you are expected to do, say, etcetera, the pay is ludicrous. Unless you are bi-lingual, pay starts at $10.10 an hour. Eventually, you can work your way up (after a year or so) to a whopping $12.00 an hour. But per the handbook...that's the cutoff point. You will never make more than that.

    I'll be real. This wasn't was I expected. If I want to make $10 an hour, I'll pick up some time at Home Depot. At least I can have fun there.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to take yourself so seriously, offer better training and better wages.

    For the record....you have some great senior management (at least the ones I've met). The head night shift supervisor, for example, is a doll. It's too bad that you have some monitors and acting supervisors that are so rude.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Level of incompetence and unprofessionalism in management is blatant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Survey Researcher II in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Survey Researcher II in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co workers are encouraging , work is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for employees , especially at their SOC building . On one of my trips to drop off materials for a training , I was met with one of the survey center managers screaming at an employee , I quickly past them . After I set up materials and was getting ready to leave this same manager went out of her way to make small conversation and get a sense of my reaction . In an effort to change the opinion of her held after witnessing that event . I have met and worked with a number of staff there with different projects throughout the years . Walking through there is morbid the office furniture is old and worn . The tiny cubicles are outdated and depressing . I noticed the excitement at training when the old chairs from one of our training rooms were brought over . The staff there for the training didn't know it was recycled until the supervisor was asked and told them . The room took on a different flavor at that point , paramount to a slap in the face , your not good enough for new furniture .

    Advice to Management

    Treat all your employees with respect , and perhaps more SUPRISE visits should be paid to the SOC from senior staff HQ . No announcements , just walk in and observe . You will be shocked more often then not, by what you see .

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Avoid if you can...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  7. Telephone Interviewer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Good Job with interesting Survey topics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    You control your own destiny

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Communications in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be explicit about how you want staff to behave.

  10. "Data Surveyor" Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    career growth must be encouraged

  11. Helpful (6)

    Mindless work little pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Interviewer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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