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Human Resources Research Organization Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  1. "Good place to learn the science and practice of applied research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Resources Research Organization full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, nice, and smart coworkers/management; excellent retirement match and leave policy, nice location, everyone has an office instead of cubicles, free parking, good support for professional conferences. Managed by leading researchers who are recognized experts and have written books on how to apply sound research to practical issues. They seem to have made efforts to expand their business and capabilities in recent years. They strive to be on the cutting edge in assessments and statistics, and are strong in education research. The managers aimed to try to give work assignments that might balance using someone's expertise while helping them to develop capabilities.

    Cons

    At times workload was uneven (too high or not enough) which can happen with contract work in general. Pay did not seem to take into account locality or recognize the value of having a security clearance. At the time there seemed to be limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Try to recognize hard working employees or show appreciation for contributions in other ways throughout the year to help improve morale during stressful time periods if promotions are not feasible in the career structure. I heard that this improved in recent years.


  2. "I/O Consulting Without the Competitiveness Typical of Other Firms"

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

    I have been working at Human Resources Research Organization full-time

    Pros

    - Casual, academic atmosphere
    - Highly intelligent co-workers, some very well known names in the field
    - Matrixed organization carries with it the opportunity to work cross functionally with other program areas
    - Work-life balance
    - Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K match) are just as good, if not superior to most other employers
    - Everyone employee gets his/her own office
    - Great location in Old Town Alexandria right on the river
    - Brown bag catered lunches (about 1 per week)
    - SIOP conference and membership dues paid for

    Cons

    - Not a terribly social environment (most people spend their day working independently in their own office)

  3. "Research Psychologist"

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

    I worked at Human Resources Research Organization (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great I/O experience across many different content areas. Opportunity to learn and grow. Management is hands on but most project managers do not micromanage employees who take initiative and show that they are reliable. Not a high pressure environment like some I/O consulting firms or groups. Most people work 8-5 or 9-6. Research/academic feel, not sales oriented/not slick.

    Cons

    Not a fun environment. The majority of employees tend to be introverted and serious. Not a social atmosphere at all - but people are nice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep lines of communication open to all levels of employee and allow those interested in non I/O business to pursue those opportunities. Put more funding into business development for all levels of employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "researcher"

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    Current Employee - Virginia in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Virginia in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Resources Research Organization full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Interesting work. Good benefits. Great location on the river. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Government contracting environment has not been as stable as in the past, but HumRRO is diversifying its clients


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad place for some PhD psychometricians who enjoy research and stats; no growth for non PhDs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Human Resources Research Organization full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flextime and willing to allow telecommuting some days
    Individual offices for each employee
    Collaborative, not competitive atmosphere
    Professional development at conferences
    Good for PhDs who are great at stats

    Cons

    Lack of developmental opportunities, especially for junior employees
    Promotions are extremely slow
    Very bureaucratic for a small organization
    Slow to adapt to change
    A dead end for Master's degree holders
    A lot of grunt work for very long
    Little support during low work periods
    Workload inconsistencies = unstable pay Even though you are salaried, you get paid according to billable hours

    Advice to Management

    Give junior employees gradually increasing responsibility
    Do more to ensure opportunities to apply learning and professional development at work
    Create some sort of development plan for non PhDs


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great organization to work for......."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Resources Research Organization full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great organization to work for if you are an I-O Psychologist, Psychometrician, or work in the area of testing and evaluation.

    Cons

    Promotions take a while to acquire.

    Advice to Management

    Please make more training available to your employees so that they can develop their skills.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good consulting org to be in if you are an introvert and heavy into I-O psychology, education, test development, etc."

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Resources Research Organization full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great autonomy; little to no micromanaging and they are flexible with you working from home.

    Usually asked about your interest in working on projects, rather than forcing you to work on them.

    Everyone has nice, roomy, and quiet offices (no cubicles).

    They will either pay for your garage parking if you drive, or will pay for your metro fare. Catered lunches for brownbags.

    Leadership fairly open about organizational issues as well as celebrating organizational successes.

    Usually get an annual bonus--depends on how well organization did that fiscal year. Great (i.e., friendly and competent coworkers).

    Benefits (insurance, dental, etc.) are decent.

    Cons

    Feast of famine situation most times (i.e, ether have too much work, or not enough work, which impacts your billable hours, which in turn impacts your paycheck despite the fact you are "salaried"--but I guess this comes with being in consulting field).

    If you are outside the field/interest/ of I-O psychology, educational evaluations, test/certification development, (or basically not interested in staying in research), there is little to no opportunity for you to advance and grow your career.

    Most staff are pretty introverted, so if you are an extravert and "loud" and gregarious, you might feel a bit out of place.

    Management not always transparent about decisions to promote one employee but not the other, even if all else is equal. Low pay for educational requirement they ask for and amount of work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Consider changing employee titles so they resonate across a wider audience; don't usually see titles like "research scientist" and "staff scientist" except in other consulting organizations.

    Give employees a certain percentage (or amount of hours) hours every month for employees to use to cover their unbillable time so they are not force to take their eave or worse, unpaid leave. This would help with annoying issue of being "salaried" but not having paychecks that reflect that they are salaried--you know--better match their salary on paper with what they actually receive every month instead of living with the stress of fluctuating paychecks.

    Have more realistic job previews, especially for employees who are new to the consulting field and don't understand about the whole billing your hours and you get paid according to how many hours you bill, not how much we set your "salary" at.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good company!"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    1) Broad-based experience 2) Exposure to senior leaders in other organizations 3) Annual bonus 4) Caring coworkers 5) Travel 6) Catered lunch on presentation days (average of 1 per week)

    Cons

    1) Lower salary, 2) Long hours at times, 3) Cannot advance to high level without a PhD, 4) Menial tasks at times, 5) Conflicting priorities

    Advice to Management

    Junior staff needs to be developed more and given more responsibility. Its easy to get lost in projects, particularly high-profile ones but this can sometimes leave junior staff wondering what to do next.