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I have been working at Mathematica full-time (More than 3 years)
-Very friendly and collegiate colleagues. I work with my best friends!
-When offices were open, I loved going into the office every day
-Great retirement contribution matching
-Great upward mobility for senior staff/those with advanced degrees
-Extremely flexible work hours and location
-Work-life balance is amazing! We're expected to work 8 hours a day and get our work done. There's no nonsense around working late to make a good impression or get promoted. In fact, my supervisor is concerned if she finds out I've been working more than 40 hours a week.
-Fantastic place to learn and grow if you're into research. A lot of mentorship opportunities.
-Extremely rigorous research methods. I often tell people that I work for a psuedo-consulting firm that's less concerned with the bottom line and more concerned that our deliverables are high quality. Sometimes it feels like I work in academia (in a good way!).
-Work on multiple projects at once, meaning you rarely get bored
-Generally very proud to work here! Hoping they fix some of the benefits/management issues so I can work here for a long time.
Caveat that management says they're working on many of the following (hope to update this in the future!):
-Low pay with no location adjustment. Pay is low especially considering that offices are in expensive cities.
-Employee satisfaction seems to differ significantly based on their division and their specific supervisor. Human services and international have less positive reputations than the health division. Ability to get promoted seems tightly linked to your supervisor and how much they're involved in your professional growth.
-Can be harder to grow professionally within the company if you start in a junior role. Management says that there's a path for every employee, but employees that start at the C (analyst) and D (researcher) level have a clearer path than B (associate) level employees.
-Work-life balance is great for the analyst level, and less good at the researcher level or the associate level. Associates in particular work more hours than any of my colleagues at other levels, and it feels like they're taken advantage of because of their low salaries. Huge burnout and turnover at the associate level because of this (long hours with low salaries)
-Management is not transparent about promotions and how the promotion process works.
-Can be harder to succeed and get promoted if you're not an extroverted go-getter. You're ultimately responsible for getting more work for yourself, and that requires talking to your colleagues and finding the right fit among projects--which can be tough to do since we're spread out all across the US, so it's not as simple as chatting at the water cooler. Many opportunities come from personal relationships with colleagues.
Advice to Management
Be more transparent about the promotions process; increase pay for employees (especially in expensive cities); and work on retaining B level (associate) employees
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I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Mathematica (Oakland, CA) in March 2020.
The interview process was straightforward. There was an initial phone interview (~45 min) with an HR manager and one of the senior researchers. Then I heard back within a week that I got a second interview, this time in-person. It did take a while to schedule the second interview because it required meeting with 10-11 different people in groups of 1-2 over 5 hours, so I understand that is a lot to coordinate. Once I got to the in-person interview though, it went incredibly smoothly even with multiple different video conferences. Everyone in the organization that I spoke with seemed passionate, driven, and spoke highly of the work culture. The biggest downside to the interview here was the time that it took from sending in an application to when I got notice of a first interview (2.5 months) as well as the month that it took to schedule the second interview - however, this seems fairly standard for large organizations like this one. My advice is if you want to work here, leave *several* months' time to go through the interview process!