NORC at the University of Chicago

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NORC at the University of Chicago Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
80 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very flexible schedule, plenty of opportunities to work on different projects, great location (right in the Loop) (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance, develop skills (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, hours may be sporadic (esp (in 5 reviews)

  • What the heck is competitive about minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    NORC provides a cutting-edge experience on learning about healthcare reform and a collegial working environment.

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compared to other government contractors like Accenture or think tanks like the Urban Institute, NORC is an up-and-coming entity and is under-hyped on being involved in key health policy contracts, specifically in involvement with the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

    Because NORC is relatively younger than other players, there is a lot of opportunity for organizational and personal growth. Initiatives to share projects and educate younger employees are pervasive and senior employees are very approachable. Promotion and compensation is competitive compared to the industry, and benefits are strong (health insurance and 401k).

    Cons

    Considering NORC is officially a non-profit, people work very hard here in the interest of humanity. You can imagine a consulting-like environment, like top management consulting companies, such as McKinsey. Conversely, this could be a pro, if one sees it as beneficial professional training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job with gathering feedback from employees and maintaing a fair and open dialogue. Unfortunately the over-openness may be hurting management since change happens much slower than gathering the feedback, i.e. the perception is that management is slow, even though it may not be a fair perception to management.

    Given I am no longer at NORC for almost 2 years, I've had the chance to step back to think objectively about what I would do if I were management: I would allow more junior employees to take more ownership in projects, internal initiatives to educate fellow employees and allow more platforms to make junior and mid-level employees empowered. NORC hires intelligent employees who are capable of independently bringing about great results and as the organization has and needs to scale, this will be critical to sustain the high quality work and fantastic culture that already exists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stifling

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    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer I in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer I in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee in breakroom. Flexible hours, lots of boring retraining in which to zone out for pay. Solitude cut down on coworker nonsense.

    Cons

    Hostile managers, trashy coworkers, dull tedious days calling old school landlines to get cursed out by the elderly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The nis is an outdated concept, scrap this whole thing and quit annoying America.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large Social Science Research Entity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago

    Pros

    Nice benefits package, varied research, multiple departments and locations.

    Cons

    Culture can be a bit politicized, diversity challenges at the upper levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ummm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago

    Pros

    NIS always has work. If you keep with the average you will have work.

    Cons

    They keep on hiring new people and letting others go as a means to save money. There's pressure to perform well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. Hire people that have a better morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Working part-time. Company is well-managed.

    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and well managed organization.

    Cons

    Strict adherence to rules/norms with little flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Field Interviewer

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for one of the best study survey organizations in the country. Training is usually located in Chicago all expenses paid. Staff is professional and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Work is intermittent and usually part time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unorganized

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    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Field Interviewer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago

    Pros

    Good training and flexible hours

    Cons

    Poorly run, unorganized. Lack of competent tech support. Unstable pay and workload. Run projects like a high school science project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Access to very intelligent coworkers, interesting topics, flexible hours and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Difficulty moving up corporate ladder

  10.  

    My experience at NORC has been very enlightening to the social science world and its importance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for NORC would be the knowledge and experience you’ll receive.

    Cons

    Not really a challenge, but be ready to learn from talented individuals, stay on your toes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    a good company to work in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, develop skills.

    Cons

    slow promotion process, Ph.D. degree means a lot.

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