RAND Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
88 Reviews
3.9
88 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Finding fulfillment (by the beach)

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    Current Employee - Associate Physical Scientist  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Physical Scientist in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    - Challenging, multidisciplinary problems
    - Track record of policy impact
    - Normative (depending on your disposition) and intellectual fulfillment
    - Constant career development
    - 2 blocks from the beach

    Cons

    - Coverage system adds significant overhead to research work
    - Can be stressful compared to academia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve the system to support researchers in uncertain times

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    CIO was just canned for being a total, incompetent failure. Terrible IT management.

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, those that are left. Survival can bring out the best in people.

    Cons

    Worst IT management team you will ever find. No current experience, very little to no practical knowledge. They couldn't run a McDonalds successfully. Also be aware future employees, part of your compensation goes into a retire plan that you'll be lucky to see after 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More to the Board of Directors - get an IT management team that has current experience before this company collapses.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    fantastic, great intellectual place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND

    Pros

    great work and family balance

    Cons

    soft money institution in the current budget

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    > 25 Years in RAND IT and Best It Has Ever Been

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I'm one of the old timers at RAND. There are many of us who have came to RAND and have never thought to leave. We've been through good times and not so good times. I must say that I've never seen the IT organization as good as it is today. We had gotten some unhappy people into management ranks, and now that they are gone, we are finally starting to move forward.

    Cons

    We just lost a great fellow to retirement. Been here more than 30 years. Well earned, but sad to see him go. He was one of the good guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the hiring. It reminds me of the good days at RAND.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Dynamic environment! Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at RAND as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Independent research-oriented environment. Lots of travel opportunities and ability to meet with key policymakers. Rich environment with bright minds and new ideas. Definitely a place where a young researcher can flourish.

    Cons

    Need a PhD to move upwards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very professional organization and colleagues, though the occasional exception can be problematic. Good benefits, good work ethic, company is concerned about employee well-being. Opportunity to learn about many facets of policy advisory roles and work with highly trained specialists in varying fields.

    Cons

    Research staff can experience pressure to be rainmakers, support staff have little opportunity for mobility. HR is not responsive to personnel problems in the workforce. Stated policy of employees being able to attend embedded grad school is not a reality. Company's income can be victim to whims of congressional budget politics as the company is largely paid by US government contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of middle managers who treat employees as numbers or interchangeable mechanical parts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT turning around

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    New blood in IT organization. The relatively new CIO is doing wonders to turn the organization around from what it was - making a positive influence. It will take time to really turn things, but he is doing a very good job. Getting some excellent new people on board, need several more, and things will really improve.

    Cons

    Some of the IT staff are really good and some not so much. Everyone needs to step up. CIO is helping this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    RAND's IS department is finally shaping into greatness.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    After some management changes over the past couple of years, I am finally seeing the best management team in my 15+ years of employment with them.

    Cons

    I finally see positive movement towards RAND's vision and mission. The current management team is completely supportive and forward thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvement and growth takes time. Foster the current team you have and they will provide what RAND needs to support the company's mission and vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    RAND IS Organization Is On The Move!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at RAND full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    IS 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    RAND IT Department - AVOID

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My coworkers were a great group of people.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the turn-over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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