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Elder Research Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Full of interesting problems and curious people"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist 
    Recommends

    I worked at Elder Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Elder Research is very committed to its values, does a great job of developing employees' skills, and is a great place to learn data science and apply it to a variety of problems. The people are fun and the learning focused culture is the best I've seen in my career.

    Cons

    The company can feel disorganized at times. There isn't a strong focus on turning a profit so salaries and growth within the company can feel limited. This is a conscious choice by management, so just have your eyes open going in about the tradeoffs you are accepting. This also may have changed somewhat since I've been there as its been a few years.

    Elder Research2019-07-24
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Elder Research

    Pros

    I was able to do real hands-on work. There was significant intern training. I was exposed to a lot of problems.

    Cons

    The work was difficult, and ambiguous at times. But it was great real world experience.

    Elder Research2017-10-16
  3. Helpful (2)

    "A boutique consultancy with a self-fulfilling prophecy of decreasing market share and company size."

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Elder Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Elder Research has a number of senior members that have been in the field for decades. They are open to sharing their experiences and offering advice to those in need. There is a shared sense of community and goals amongst the lower employees across the offices; that is, there is no sense of competition amongst employees. As such, most people are willing to assist in any way possible. Really, the people are... great. Can obtain a high-level exposure to a wide range of analytics projects that occur company-wide. Employment will act as a spring-board to greater opportunities as data science will continue to be an expanding field.

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    Cons

    The same technical leaders (from the “Pros” above) that help define the company often don’t get hands-on with technical projects anymore yet still often retain tight control over projects and decision making while avoiding responsibility of any negative effects of their decisions. Often you are pigeon-holed to a narrow problem set, so your exposure to other projects is very high level. There is (still!) a... better chance of employment if you are a member of one of their churches or a son of one of the senior leadership. This is okay when you are qualified, but that is not always the case and those that are qualified are often turned away. There has been lots of turnover since a CEO (not John Elder as listed on glassdoor) was appointed about a year or so ago. Certainly some of those lost were starting to look before the CEO took over. However, the exodus appears to be ongoing and how long do you give before you claim that the CEO is ultimately responsible? CEO appears to let each office run independently to some extent and there is absolutely no feedback channels from the lower office members to the senior management that might be able to affect change. In other words, the Director at each office has just enough rope to hang everyone below. Pay is significantly reduced across all offices compared to other companies.

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    Advice to Management

    Analysts that are drawn to your company need to understand exactly what is expected of them and need to be able to see a career path in front of them - opportunities to grow professionally and to keep their technical skills up to date. Define what employee roles and responsibilities are and make them transparent across the company to avoid conflicts. Also, reconsider saying that leadership expects employees to... leave and are generally supportive of helping them to the next phase. While I am appreciative that you are open about the lack of career opportunities and that there are no hard feeling when people leave, this can demotivate employees when said in the wrong context - something that is very easy to do. This message is not conveyed by one senior leader alone. Your disorganization, indecisiveness and frequent changes of course are seen not only by those in the company, but by clients as well. Stop claiming that only you know what data science is while downplaying the impact of infrastructure and software engineering to the greater field. This may have been okay 20 years ago, but the field continues to rapidly evolve as a result of those same fields that you downplay the importance of, if not out-right disrespect. It demotivates segments of the company and makes you appear obtuse when you mention this in business meetings. Learn to trust your technical team to innovate and make decisions. They won't fail you and are acting in good faith.

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    Elder Research2017-04-30
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Elder Research"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Elder Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people were incredible and the work was energizing and challenging. My favorite place I've ever worked

    Cons

    There were no cons with this company

    Elder Research2017-02-22
  5. "Excellent Culture, Amazing People"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tough problems to solve with brilliant colleagues. Strong corporate culture and real work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not enough PTO compared to other firms

    Elder Research2016-12-29
  6. "Great Opportunity to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Elder Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Elder Research fosters a very positive work environment. This is a great place to learn a lot with leaders in the field of data science. People are truly inclusive and humble as well as intelligent and very good at what they do.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Management can sometimes agree to things in the future which they don't really have control over.

    Elder Research2016-05-19
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Has the feel of an old boys' club mixed with graduate school"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elder Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting projects, people on the level below management are fantastic - always friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Disorganized. John Elder attempts to control too much of the direction without understanding anything about the day-to-day project work or his employees in general - doesn't trust his fellow directors / managers. If you aren't a Christian white man, you probably won't feel like you fit in or will ever be part of the "inner circle".

    Advice to Management

    Get more employee feedback and show you're taking it seriously. Hire a more diverse workforce, by which I do mean women and non-white employees, but also diverse in the sense that no one at ERI knows the new employee (not from church, not your friend's son, not a current employee's child, etc.) Pretend to be the larger company you want to be rather than the one you are (HR policies, offer short-term disability,... etc). Tone down the religious stuff - it's alienating to your non-religious employees (no bible quotes in the public office space, no company-wide prayer at lunch).

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    Elder Research2015-11-09
  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Elder Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities, great people and great work environment, technically challenging problems, and lots of variety in projects

    Cons

    Rather unclear what the long term outlook is, can sometimes feel like it is disorganized, business structure is confusing

    Advice to Management

    Gather more input from employees, share business plan or long term plan, make business hierarchy more clear

    Elder Research2015-04-29
  9. Helpful (1)

    "A data mining company worth your consideration"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Elder Research

    Pros

    This company has nothing to do with the elderly, and in fact has many young employees. The eponymous Elder Research is named for John Elder who is a tremendous teacher, a brilliant person and also kind, as are the folks who work there. John is a thought leader in his field

    Cons

    The owner has a tendency to get some new great ideas for research shortly before client presentations making for a scramble for the staff preparing the presentation.

    Elder Research2015-03-27
  10. "Lacks diversity in thought"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Elder Research

    Pros

    You get a lot of technical, on the job training. If you like autonomous work and are self directed then its a good fit. Everyone is friendly. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management of personnel; they're shuffling people all the time because they're losing people almost as fast as they are hiring. They have almost non-existent HR policies. It helps to know someone who works there because you will most definitely get hired even if you're not qualified for the job. They play favorites and only promote people who look, think, and act like them. The two offices (Charlottesville... and DC) are not always on the same page.

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    Advice to Management

    Delegate decision making; increase diversity by hiring folks you don't know and from different academic programs; tone down the Evangelicalism - that's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Elder Research2014-04-30
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