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Updated Jul 23, 2021

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3.5
54%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
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MDRC President  Virginia Knox
Virginia Knox
10 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very smart people who are thoughtful and have nuanced understanding of the systems we're operating within(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great work-life balance (for non-exempt staff at least)(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work-life balance is not a priority here and senior staff do not do a great job at modeling this(in 6 reviews)

  • "Coddle their junior staff too much(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Thoughtful, caring, smart coworkers and important mission

      Mar 5, 2021 - Research Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wonderful coworkers; good work-life balance; collaborative over competitive; good mix of research and practice; many supportive senior staff to learn from and with; commitment to improving organization; great benefits

      Cons

      Progress with RCTs and government partners/funders can be very slow and bureaucratic; still working on some inefficient practices, like ineffectual meetings;

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Learn

      Jul 23, 2021 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Research process on full display, across a range of projects 2. Academic environment and ideal for those who intend to pursue further study 3. Friendly and easy going staff

      Cons

      1. Can get overlooked for promotion if you don't find an advocate

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Interesting work, but poor opportunities for promotions and growth as junior staff

      Jan 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are generally wonderful to work with and are smart, mission-oriented, and driven. The New York office was a nice working environment in a good location. The projects are interesting and can offer travel opportunities.

      Cons

      It is very hard for junior staff to get promoted or be rewarded for their work. There is no transparency around how EOY performance evaluations are used for promotions and bonuses and senior management seem unwilling to consider promotions unless the employee has met certain time requirements, no matter how good the employee may be. It is also a very top-down organization, so unless you are a junior staffer willing to fight for more responsibility on projects, you may be stuck working on the boring administrative tasks indefinitely. Your experience is largely influenced by who you get as your supervisor.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work - little room for growth

      Apr 26, 2021 - Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleague and work environment. Team players and great to be a part of a good mission. Great work/life balance.

      Cons

      Little transparency from HR about the promotion process, and little room for growth within the company.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Beware: Junior Staff Not Valued, Supported, or Respected

      Mar 3, 2021 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are a lot of passionate people at MDRC trying to make opportunities interesting work and make the culture better, even if change is very slow.

      Cons

      For research assistants and other junior staff, the experience is typically very stressful and patronizing. Research assistants are expected to "manage up" to senior staff which means that the pressures and responsibilities fall on the most junior people. Senior-level work is often off-loaded to assistants without the support to resources to help them to succeed or the recognition that they are working above their pay grade. The workplace culture is one of of toxic academia where only the voices of people in power with research accolades are heard.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Very white culture

      Apr 6, 2021 - Researcher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Folks here are mission-driven and kind. I had a positive experience with my manager. Nice benefits package.

      Cons

      Very high turnover, especially for junior staff/staff of color. Unclear standards for promotion, little room for growth (again, especially for junior staff/staff of color). Lots of diversity "lunch forums" but little actual training to address micro-aggressions, of which I personally experienced many. I don't know if I could wholeheartedly recommend the RA position to young people of color in my network.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Salary

      Mar 15, 2021 - Research Associate in Oakland, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are passionate and smart

      Cons

      Long hours and hierarchical structure.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great job. Intensity varies.

      Oct 20, 2020 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting projects, smart coworkers, managers are generally understanding, nice and flexible.

      Cons

      Slow periods and very intense periods, no real way to predict. Can be easy for research assistants to get stuck doing more boring administrative work for indefinite periods, but it is possible to advocate for yourself and request other types of work.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work environment

      Apr 1, 2021 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I got to work around smart people who listened to my thoughts and ideas

      Cons

      Nothing bad to say about working here

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Foundational experience

      Jan 26, 2021 - Senior Research Assistant II in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flat culture where every team members voice is valued

      Cons

      One size fits all approach toward professional development

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