Mathematica Policy Research

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Mathematica Policy Research Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
54 Reviews
3.7
54 Reviews
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Mathematica Policy Research President Paul Decker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The organization tends to accomodate work/life balance issues very well (in 8 reviews)

  • Interesting work from time to time (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Large variation in quality of project directors (in 7 reviews)

  • 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 (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nearly six years and still happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Researcher
    Current Employee - Health Researcher

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunities to move up, can switch the topics you work on when you get bored, work-life balance, strong female leaders (and majority women), team environment, and really smart co-workers. Pay is very good for hours worked.

    The values the company has are great, but they're not always followed in reality.

    Cons

    Project directors run their projects with very little oversight from management so some projects are terribly mismanaged. The plus of work being very independent for each staff member has the downside that the few bad apples get away with not doing their work, being incredibly difficult to work with, and at the senior levels mismanaging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Level of incompetence and unprofessionalism in management is blatant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and the company does great work.

    Cons

    The bagels they get every Friday could be better.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research

    Pros

    Interesting, important work. They strive to produce quality data. Some very dedicated co workers. Nice offices. Opportunities to publish and present at conferences.

    Cons

    Poor management. As stated in other reviews, the management is extremely hierarchical. There is a lot of favoritism. New ideas and methods are often viewed with suspicion and sometimes aggressively opposed.
    They tout "One Mathematica " but treat the staff at the Survey Operations Center like second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value your employees. Management is about people not numbers.

  6.  

    very positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    company values, career development, collegial research environment

    Cons

    no cons, had very positive experiences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly recommended for a focused, independent & responsible individual.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Program Analyst
    Current Employee - Program Analyst

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -office space, not too big

    Cons

    -senior staff hard to reach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Update technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    An innovative, supportive employer who takes their mission of supporting the public good very seriously.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very interesting work and supportive atmosphere; many long-tenured employees; strong culture that reinforces the mission of the organization; generous compensation and PTO program; Mathematica is entirely employee owned providing very generous opportunities for retirement; flexibility with workplace and offices in great locations; lots of opportunity for learning new things and taking on research of personal interest.

    Cons

    You're working among some of the best and brightest in their field...you'd better be able to keep up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    HR does it again!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Programmer III in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Programmer III in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, amazing work; positive, supportive, engaging work environment; room to grow and guidance along the way.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites; HR doesn't follow the rules; hierarchical structure is excessively discussed openly.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall very excellent experience

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

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was awesome to work here. The staff were all very supportive the pay was great. The training was superb and gave me all of the information I needed to succeed. Their headquarters in Princeton is absolutely wonderful. Fabulous group of people and overall excellent experience. Loved working for them and would recommend them to anyone.

    Cons

    The study I worked on was temporary and they had no other studies. Other than that there werent really any downside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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