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Harder Company Community Research Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2019

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6 Ratings
  1. "Great place, very flexible, good people, great work."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diversity of clients and projects, great work environment, fairly good upward mobility. Executive management great at getting company-wide feedback for strategic planning and business development.

    Cons

    Lower pay than typical private sector consulting positions. Work load is often fairly heavy, some clients can be tricky. Working with multiple managers and different work styles can be challenging sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    Harder Company Community Research2015-10-28
  2. "Nice people"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company does good work to help bring a voice to marginalized groups. It's really good group of people who work here.

    Cons

    The company sometimes puts more of a focus on collaboration than actually moving objectives forward.

    Harder Company Community Research2019-07-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work, awful work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and varied. Allows employees to build skills and pursue work that has a meaningful impact on organizations and communities. Flexibile work schedule to accommodate life. Ability to work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    The organization hires smart, capable people and disempowers them. Staff aremade to feel meaningless in the work they do. Harder+Company treats lower to mid level employees as interchangeable. Lack of autonomy in work, particularly around deciding what projects staff work on. People are assigned to projects after the work comes in without much regard to interest or expertise. All the power in the... organization lies among a couple of individuals at the top who are unwilling to share power. Very little transparency, and a lack of authentic engagement from staff (even at the director level) in organizational decisions. Staff are not trusted to know what’s best for their own work or for the organization. Pay and benefits are not great.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and trust your staff. They’re at the heart of the work you do. Engaged, empowered employees are essential to the organization’s ability to do good work.

    Harder Company Community Research2018-09-24
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Worst company I've ever worked for"

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    The pay will lure you in.

    Cons

    Terrible management - my supervisor was insensitive and extremely unprofessional. The pay is NOT worth the stress of working under a manager who is below your intellectual station and who cannot communicate in a professional manner.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management, take a hard look at who is leading your individual offices. There is a culture of mistrust and blame that reflects poorly on the company as a whole. There is a reason you can't retain employees in certain offices.

    Harder Company Community Research2015-07-23
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Social sector consulting, minimal investment in new staff"

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    I worked at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    Company was trusted by local clients

    Cons

    Minimal investment in professional development for new hires.

    Harder Company Community Research2015-07-01
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic"

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    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    Decent pay and flexible work schedule. They tend to hire smart research assistants, but they better be prepared to work their butts off.

    Cons

    Be careful of working here. The place is very poorly managed and quality work is not valued. What matters is the art of the BS for them, internally and externally. They talk a nice game about values, but it is a place where you are pitted against the people you work with. Terrible work culture. Acts very much like a for-profit, which it is at the end of the day.

    Harder Company Community Research2014-12-22
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Old School Business Practice"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research part-time

    Pros

    The perks to working at this very large company in the field of program evaluation is that they provide good pay and benefits for meaningful work.

    Cons

    The cons for my office were that they did not offer much flexibility. The work was done the same way that it had been done. This is to say that they are not a vehicle for creative work. This shows in a cookie cutter-simple minded product.

    Harder Company Community Research2014-10-02
  8. Helpful (3)

    "A great company with many opportunities for entrepreneurial and innovative people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harder Company Community Research full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wide range of research projects Work is applied to meet the needs of many local nonprofit organizations Fast paced and high energy office environment Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Clients may have competing deadlines Consulting role can be challenging in politically charged environments Evaluation/research is removed from direct service so those used to working "in the trenches" might miss client contact High levels of autonomy also come with high expectations about accountability, communication, and time management

    Advice to Management

    Continue to diversify projects so that staff are not reliant on budget of any one individual client Ensure open communication of expectations Involve staff in early leadership and business development opportunities so they understand the path to growth in the company

    Harder Company Community Research2012-06-15
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place for community-minded data geeks"

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    Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    Support interesting projects that make a difference in our community Smart, dedicated co-workers Open, friendly office environment Offers professional development opportunities (get to go to conferences!) Opportunity to put academic training into practice (very applied) Management gives you wide berth to find your "niche" in the company

    Cons

    Consulting job, so have to have a strong backbone working with difficult clients You are expected to help management identify when you need help Fast paced environment that requires lots of flexibility Suceptible to changes in state and federal budgets

    Advice to Management

    Provide more oppoprtunities to share information and knowledge across offices!

    Harder Company Community Research2012-05-10
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Learned a lot but there's no professional development and management is non-existent."

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     in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harder Company Community Research

    Pros

    - flexible work hours - work independently - professional and bright colleagues - great place to learn basics about consulting and evaluation - easy going work environment - management is rarely around (can be good and bad) - the work and projects are usually interesting - ability to be creative

    Cons

    - company is struggling to compete in the current market - sacrifice quality for quantity, especially given the current market - management lacks foresight - management is non-communicative - little, if any, professional development - no training - high turnover - little supervision, guidance and feedback - overwork some employees, while allowing others to do no work (a result of the lack of supervision) -... hire people who have the skills they need in the moment, but don't foster their development within the firm

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    Harder Company Community Research2011-06-22
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