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"Good place to work if you like research"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Good place to work if you like research

Cons

Slow on the uptake, business-wise

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    "Interesting changes in Information Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Management brought in a new CIO who emphasizes concentrating on projects that add value to the company. He challenges existing concepts and is detailed when it comes to approving new endeavors.

    There is emphasis on a few important projects that support the RAND strategic mission. This and pushing to reduce support work to allow developers to concentrate on important projects has helped to allow us to get more real work done. In some ways it has made work less stressful, although not completely.

    RAND is a company where the environment is stimulating. At RAND you work with very talented researchers who generally are eager to have your help and recognize that you have something to offer them that they can't do themselves. The research that we are involved in affects everyone and adds to policy and decisionmaking ability for all of the most current issues we face. It makes you proud to work here.

    The CIO has an open-door policy and it seems like if you spend time with him to get his feelings about a project you are working on it helps to make sure that you will be headed in the right direction. I think it appears that his approach is working. Our internal clients have said that the differences they see are positive and we hear that the reputation of our IS department is good and getting better.

    Cons

    We sometimes get stuck in our old processes and procedures, creating an environment where there isn't much new. Some of our folks see this as comfortable, so there has been a lot of concern on the part of some in IS over the changes that have been introduced. This has caused griping and made some people hard to work with at times. I guess that isn't unusual with new management.

    Pushing projects through the approval processes at different "gates" is a new process for us, and has been a challenge and sometimes frustrating. At times the PMs feel like they are ready to move forward, and then they are told to go back and re-do some of it. It is a learning experience.

    We have lost a few people and hiring replacements is going slowly.

    Some of the responsibilities that people had before have been taken away and they are having to look for new ways to make their contributions known. I am not sure that this is recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to advice from all of the staff. Lots of us have advice that can help. Look for ways to bring people together and keep open communications, particularly between the different groups within IS. Continue to recognize people for their hard work with award like the impact awards. Consider internal promotions for people who are doing more.


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    "Some good, some bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, nice offices, strong reputation, culture of excellence.

    Cons

    Virtually no career path in most roles. People are actually discouraged from trying to move up. You may need to leave in order to grow professionally.
    Lots of internal competition among colleagues and peers.
    Minimal access to professional development training.
    Financial stress on many projects, leading people to sometimes work long hours without corresponding pay.
    Little racial and ethnic diversity.
    The recent reorganization was poorly executed, and some of the leadership is not competent to handle their new responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to look at the ways in which the reorganization isn't working and don't wait five or ten years to fix it.

    Allow people to grow professionally within the company so you can avoid some of the stagnation that has been going on for some time.

    Provide more support for developing new work.

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