RAND
3.9 of 5 79 reviews
www.rand.org Santa Monica, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 18, 2014
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3.9 79 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

RAND CEO Michael Rich

Michael Rich

(35 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free parking in santa monica, great people, it's RAND, and fantastic benefits"
    in 8 reviews
  • "The organization encourages long term employees and flexible work arrangements"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "The internal labor market: You have to find work within the company even after you are hired, which can be stressful at times"
    in 4 reviews
  • "There is little to no workforce planning beyond minimally useful end of fiscal year targets"
    in 3 reviews
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    Great Organization

    Field Interviewer (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBeautiful office, friendly staff, looks great on a resume, get to learn the ins and out of high quality research, feel like you're contributing to something good

    ConsSome positions (field interviewing, for example) can be VERY boring when out in the field. I would go weeks without talking to anyone sometimes, and somedays I'd see a bunch of people at once

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, unfortunate management

    Web Producer (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsOutstanding group of intelligent, focused, and collegial employees.

    ConsManagers tended to care more about their image, than the people who reported to them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe people who work for you, are who keep you there and successful. Consider their needs and guide them in improving their shortcomings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flat organization, but challenging internal job market

    Graduate Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsRAND in Santa Monica is an unbeatable location and working in Santa Monica is fantastic for morale and general well-being. Whenever you're frustrated or need a break, you can go down to the bike room/surfboard locker and head out to the ocean. As long as you get work done and show up for meetings, timing of your work is pretty flexible, though that means lots of people tend to work late into the night. It's a very flat organization with little hierarchy. Pretty good benefits.

    ConsInternal job market is fairly exhausting for introverts - you have to network constantly to fill up your hours with project time. Even if you are 60 years old and the top of your field, your time will be spent writing grant proposals and drumming up business. For young researchers, there is little support, and you may have to resort to taking work outside of your areas of interest (the FFRDCs always have plenty of money and work to go around, compared to some of the other units that have smaller pools of funding).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, but not a place for professional development or advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of structure and processes (so good if you look for those things in an office environment), well-intentioned and intelligent colleagues.

    ConsSupport staff - everyone but the researchers - held to different rules and standards than the researchers. There's really two different RANDS between the two.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very stressful

    Administrtive Assistant (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsFree parking, good compensation & benefit package.

    ConsVery stressful, office culture is not like anywhere I have worked before, colleagues not supportive and very unfriendly..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work hours. A good amount of PTO that nobody is going to guilt you into not using.

    ConsThe internal labor market can create a lot of stress if you're having trouble finding projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive about helping people find work, especially new employees, instead of just throwing people out there to sink or swim.

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    Full of dedicated, hard working, and smart individuals (Geeks you'd want to have a beer with)

    Project Associate (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsThe system of matrix management and the internal labor market allow for very flexible and interesting opportunities, while helping to ensure that people try hard to work well together. If you're over worked, it's easy to "share your load" since everyone needs to take on work to get paid.

    ConsThere is a dark side to the "internal labor market." it can be stressful ensuring that you always have just the right amount of project work on your plate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou do a great job communicating where the company is and where it is likely to be next year. I'd like to hear more about what we need to position the company for even more success 5-10 years down the road. In other words, what do we need to do in order to get a huge pat on the back or a "wow" from the rest of the country for our 75th anniversary?

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

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    Daily challenges requiring thoughtful and sustaining solutions.

    Administrative Assistant IV (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsExtensive interaction on all levels; with other assistants, researchers, and administrative staff. Training was a continuous process and was combined with new techniques and changes that increased productivity.

    ConsExtensive use of computers causing physical discomfort at the end of long days; difficulty transferring from one unit (e.g., admin support) to non-research departments (HR, Unit Admin., Corporate).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease flexibility for transferability of employees among all departments.

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

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    IS organization is really struggling.

    Programmer (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsRAND has a phenomenal history as a research organization. Even non-research staff are welcomed at research presentations to hear the latest. Santa Monica is a great location and the office is only a block from the beach. Generally, hours are flexible. Most staff are highly intelligent and well educated. The organization encourages long term employees and flexible work arrangements.

    ConsRecent re-organization and new managers have introduced some serious problems with morale, productivity, and solution delivery in the IS area. Although one welcome departure occurred recently, many problems continue due to poor middle managers, the uncertainty of interim management, and anticipation of yet another round of new upper management. These are further eroding staff job satisfaction and loyalty. Focus has clearly shifted from "let's get this done well" to "be sure to cover your a**".

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe IT organization needs to be re-designed to better align with internal client needs. IT does not run the show--they should function as a support organization that serves overall business needs based on a long term view rather than a 'little as possible' consulting mentality.

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

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    At the cusp of something.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Monica, CA

    ProsSmart and friendly research staff are the majority - opportunities for intellectual stimulating conversation around every corner.

    ConsRAND's Information Systems department is a ship lost at sea with out a captain; in this perfect storm, her crew are led by a multitude of middle management layers that appear to lack the technical fundamentals to find bearing and set course. A continued culture of navigation by consensus and checklists will be a losing strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRAND used to be a household name, a braintrust synonymous with intellectual capital and thought leadership.

    RAND has a rich legacy, but its place does not have to be relegated to the past. In an age where data science and analytic methods are at the forefront of business and managerial science topics, RAND should reestablish itself as one of the world's preeminent pioneers in operations research and policy analysis. These fields have since evolved and barriers to entry have been lowered -- RAND now has many peers and competitors. Renew the legacy with innovation and excellence. Find and support your cadre of emerging thought leaders that see RAND's place in the future, but believe it is theirs to make.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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