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"Great for gaining experience but not a career."

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
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Pros

Flexibility in working hours, telecommuting, interesting work, prestigious, high caliber of staff. Good benefits, excellent facilities, access to great lectures

Cons

if you don't have a PhD you are undervalued and underpaid. The RA position is a stepping stone (2 year max). If you want to get great experience before moving on with your education this is ideal.

Advice to Management

Provide more opportunities for RAs to develop into Project Associates. The Project Associates should be better paid and have more opportunities to lead their own projects.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "RAND, an outstanding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RAND is an outstanding work environment. For researchers, the access to information on an extraordinarily broad range of subject areas is probably without parallel. This is a place for people with a passion about public service. Because it's a non-profit, it's not for those who wish to enrich themselves financially. Benefits are crafted with care and compassion.

    Cons

    Because RAND is a non-profit organization, it is not for people looking for high salary opportunities. Management could reach down more often to researchers and other staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to interact more informally with research and non-professional staff. The distance between management and staff often seems very large.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "A great place to work, but buyer beware."

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and environment are top notch, you cannot beat the location!

    I really loved my coworkers, the office location and how everyone got along there.

    Cons

    Salaried employee compensation is sub par with most of the payroll going to insanely high executive compensation.

    There are a lot of "adjunct staff" there which are basically contract employees with no benefits, because Rand is too cheap and greedy.

    I was privy to some of the salaries and was shocked when I saw that... I had people working under me without benefits because "it wasn't in the budget". I guess that was true since even the lowest level financial analyst was making a decent 6-figure salary.

    Advice to Management

    Quit paying you executive staff these crazy salaries and work on lower level compensation packages.

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