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RAND Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.9 80 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

RAND CEO Michael Rich

Michael Rich

(35 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • RAND in Santa Monica is an unbeatable location and working in(in 9 reviews)

  • The organization encourages long term employees and flexible work arrangements(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • RAND has an internal labor market where one must bid onto projects based on semi-formal networking(in 5 reviews)

  • The internal labor market: You have to find work within the company even after you are hired, which can be stressful at times(in 5 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    RAND IS Organization Is On The Move!

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsIS organization has the best management team it has had in well over a decade. These new people are outstanding! We are going to see our vision come to fruition, because of these leaders.

    ConsThere remain too many naysayers, and slackers, who just want to get by, and not be part of something great. Do us a favor and move on and shut your traps.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work, bringing in these good new people. Glad to see them. First class, everyone of them!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    RAND IT Department - AVOID

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsMy coworkers were a great group of people.

    ConsThe IT department is mismanaged. There is constant turn-over of management staff. Each new manager has a grand vision that requires bringing in their own team yet not correcting previous manager's shortcomings. Add to that a large mistake in 2013 budget that was not caught until after the budget was already in effect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the turn-over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing organization but not for everyone. Complicated to navigate but a good organization.

    Support Side of Organization; Management Role (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsMission driven organization. Smart people and interesting work. Compensation package is good for a non profit.

    ConsOrg structure is complicated so decision making isn't always logical and could be improved greatly. Culture is complicated to internalize

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to add some structure to the organization and roles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great institution filled with the best

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    Pros-Great work environment
    -Highly intelligent colleagues
    -Little stratification between staff, your opinion and ideas are listened to
    -The RAND name
    -Great networking
    -Opportunities to work with some of the best in your area of interest

    Cons-Time coverage system (don't know of a better way)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great history, rocky future.

    Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsIf you have a strong research portfolio, or are a programmer interested in policy research, you'll have opportunities. Administration is an afterthought.

    ConsAdministration is not highly valued. Career growth in this flat organization is difficult for administrative positions. If you're not interested in increasing responsibility and just want to stay where you are, this can be OK.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Every project micro-managed and URGENT.

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsPrestigious place to work; while the work force comes across as intelligent however with the intelligence everyone seems to think they can do what you're doing "better"

    ConsVery poor computer system with a very slow server. All IT systems seem to have issues that you wouldn't think would exist at this type of organization. Every work task seems to be overdue, and no time to double check work

    Advice to Senior ManagementSay what you mean, not what you think others want to hear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly Challenging But Rewarding

    Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsWide variety of research projects; work with smart people; flat hierarchy; broad freedom and no micromanagement (almost no management at all). Really like the autonomy to get stuff done--as long as the job is about results, and I can skin the cat my way, I'll stay here.

    ConsHigh pressure; have to find work internally or bring in work; co-workers have very broad range of social skills; it's sink or swim.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSo far I'm pretty happy here, but I'm also finding it easy to find work and make connections. I wonder if there are people who, with a little help and scaffolding, could be more succesful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent colleagues but organizational problems

    Full Researcher (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly educated, intelligent colleagues
    Generally interesting, impactful work

    ConsCoordinating and maintaining coverage can be challenging
    It can be difficult to work on projects across offices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent people; frustrating business model.

    Political Scientist (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people. Top notch minds and a pleasure to work with.

    ConsBusiness model forces one to overextend oneself and discourages collaboration. It rewards generalists, meaning that one has to let areas of expertise atrophy while pursuing unrelated work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to dump the coverage system.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvalues-based organisation; team working; great experience as junior

    Conssalaries comparable to academia; yet more pressured work!

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