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Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
101 Reviews
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101 Reviews
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RAND CEO Michael Rich
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Pros
  • RAND in Santa Monica is an unbeatable location and working in (in 10 reviews)

  • The organization encourages long term employees and flexible work arrangements (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Competitive internal labor market, requires 100% coverage (in 8 reviews)

  • You are very much left alone to sink or swim in the "internal labor market"--I'm lucky that (so far) I'm swimming, and I've had a lot of help (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Associate
    Former Intern - Summer Associate

    I worked at RAND as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nice interactions with senior staff. good admin support. generous travel grant

    Cons

    a bit disorganized. need to navigate around it to find your work. soft money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Autonomy
    Excellent colleagues
    Few useless meetings

    Cons

    Need to fundraise
    Can be bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    TSC Interviewer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSC Interviewer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - TSC Interviewer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, supervisors are friendly and flexible if you have other work commitments, upper management offers constructive feedback, and training for projects. Sometimes they even offer food, depending on the project.

    Cons

    Employment is project-based so if there are no projects to work on, guess who doesn't get paid? TSC interviewers, that's who. It's tough getting any more than 12-24 hours a week here! On a generous work week I was able to work 30 hours, but that was as much as I was ever able to work here in a given week for the 8 months I worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and honest about the extent of projects, and the workload.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A lot of talent and interesting work opportunities but you are left alone to navigate a fairly closed off culture

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    world class researchers
    world class access
    very important problems
    huge diversity of areas and approaches
    lovely office and location
    southern california

    Cons

    you are responsible for funding your own time so it creates a constant pressure to secure funding. Too often you are forced to choose between doing less interesting work with a large budget attached or trying to make due with less reliable but more interesting work.

    While everyone is friendly, professionally groups tend to be more closed off and protective of their funding. Leads to a closed off culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    Laid back, interesting projects work.

    Cons

    Proposal writing, traffic, defense work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the supportive culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Always good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at RAND full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good projects, good learning

    Cons

    Sometimes extended hours, nothing really as cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoyed working there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Support Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Research Support Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being surrounded by the brightest in research.

    Cons

    Leadership in some non-research areas do not possess, nor do they know how to obtain, professional development to build their skills or the work they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring your leaders in administration to the table to engage in strategic visioning. If you don't believe they have that capacity, manage them out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people. They are smart and work well together for the most part. The work can be interesting. The benefits package is great.

    Cons

    Promotion is tenure based not performance (though performance is taken into account). Pay is mediocre for support staff while research staff seem to be well taken care of. This divide is present elsewhere: research staff are viewed (and view themselves) as above others. We were actually called "the invisible people" by an older researcher who was trying to explain how important we are to her work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin' on. If egos are the only real complaint, there isn't much management can do about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great summer internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at RAND was like binging on brain candy everyday. There there numerous interesting seminars everyday and I got to meet and interact with a number of top policy analysts in their fields.

    Cons

    I was working in the Santa Monica office. If you don't like Los Angeles, I don't recommend it. RAND offers very competitive salaries, but the cost of living in Santa Monica is also quite high.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing colleagues but challenging internal labor market

    Current Employee - Policy Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Policy Researcher in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of work, challenging projects, brilliant colleagues, salary, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Competitive internal labor market, requires 100% coverage

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