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16 days ago

Jr. Technical Business Analyst

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Rockville, MD

Assist in developing system requirements and design documentationActively participate in the testing and implementation of new systemsAssist in… ClickCast

16 days ago

Research Manager

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Rockville, MD

Assisting the Project Director in developing the project work plan;Contributing to the written monthly progress reports, including performance… ClickCast

16 days ago

Senior Research Associate

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Rockville, MD

Sr. Research AssociateWalter R. McDonald Associates, Inc. (WRMA) is a leading provider of consulting services to human services agencies and… ClickCast

16 days ago

Research Associate

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA +2 locations

Conducting quantitative and data analysisMaintaining and manipulating datasetsDesigning and maitaining SPPS and Microsoft Excel data setsManagaing… ClickCast

16 days ago

Research Assistant

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA +2 locations

Research AssistantWRMA, a woman-owned small business, has executed hundreds of customized projects for federal, state, and local governments, as well… ClickCast

30+ days ago

Business Analyst

Walter R. McDonald and Associates, Inc. Harrisburg, PA

Business AnalystWalter R. McDonald Associates, Inc. (WRMA) currently has an opening for a Business Analyst to work on a long term project in… ClickCast

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  • Toxic environment with incompetent management/senior/executive level staff

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD
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    I have been working at Walter R McDonald & Associates full-time


    Easy to get hired--company hires inexperienced people and elderly folks who should have retired or been fired many years ago. Good place to end your career.


    Severely dysfunctional and toxic environment that burns out good people and enables incompetent management/senior and executive level staff. One of the biggest problems is the folks who have the power to make positive changes don't want positive changes. Questionable business ethics and executive officers. Nepotism is not rare at this family-run corporation--family members strategically placed in key positions. Incompetence is supreme here, especially at the top. Management styles swing from negligent/absent and hands-off to micromanaging, hostile, and overbearing. Managers will not back up/support staff. Extreme lack of team spirit, morale, and opportunities for advancement. Lots of one-up-manship and throwing your colleagues of all levels under the bus. A history of rewarding staff who exhibit negative attributes and bullying behavior. This type of "research" work is made up of mind-numbing, repeated, and mundane tasks. Benefits have been downgraded and now staff must pay a portion of them. Unfair and unclear promotion, raise, and bonus policies. Most of the good, loyal, and competent staff left by the end of 2014. This is not a place you want to stay very long if you must accept a job here. Lots of former employees vacated their positions without first securing other employment--it can be that bad.

    Advice to Management

    Start cleaning at the top. Make sure you hire managers who are qualified (don't just be impressed by their alma mater), and have hands on, proven experience. Make sure they are able and skilled in developing/guiding/mentoring junior staff. Increase diversity. Increase on the job and cross training. Implement clear policies. Do not empower or reward bad managers, hypercritical personalities, or bullies at any level.

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