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MDRC Reviews

Updated September 15, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at MDRC part-time

    Pros

    Super smart staff, lovely people, friendly, Democratic, great mission

    Cons

    Coddle their junior staff too much


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

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

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Projects are run by interdisciplinary teams who are committed to the work at hand and incredibly smart. I was able to develop a whole suite of transferable skills while building close relationships with supervisors and project directors. The quality and feel of the job will be project dependent: some are fascinating, cutting-edge projects, while others are more traditional (reform tweaks) that might not be so interesting.

    Cons

    It has an amazing reputation, but don't expect to get much outward facing credit for the work as an entry-level staff member. You'll be internally valued. They are sought out because they conduct "objective" research grounded in sound methodology and aimed at generalizable result. If you are more advocacy minded, this might not be the best fit.

  3. "Horrible work ethic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Clean
    Great CEO
    Pretty building

    Cons

    Certain employees aren’t around to help
    Take forever to help with computer issues
    Fake environment of people who pretend to care.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful of how to let someone go because you don’t know what situation they are in.


  4. "Working at MDRC"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working at MDRC. The staff are so kind and there is just a great energy in the office. Everyone works hard, but the office makes it a point to make it fun when possible.

    Cons

    I haven't seen a downside to MDRC, which is wonderful.


  5. "Technical Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn programming skills and experimental design.

    Cons

    Slow pace of work, slow advancement, can be boring.


  6. "Equal opportunity, culture and diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    MDRC is very unbiased and gives equal opportunity.
    Very welcoming.

    Cons

    Workload can be high at times.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Comfortable, Lacking Efficiency"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people who are thoughtful and have nuanced understanding of the systems we're operating within.

    Great work life balance. Lots of time off, flexible working arrangements, excellent benefits.

    Enjoy project-based work and the opportunity to interact with different systems, populations, and research methodologies.

    Highly ethical, rigorous, and considerate team members.

    Cons

    Sink or swim form of management., and there tends to be a lot of managing up. I do not feel that the org prioritizes my career development, because they're mainly focused on filling project needs.

    Organizational change is like turning the titanic. Change management practices are almost nonexistent, upper management do not seem to challenge themselves to stay technologically relevant or efficient in work processes, and leadership do not seem to take managerial responsibility for improving the performance of poorly functioning departments.

    Policy relevance has room for improvement. There is a disconnect between the knowledge we as an organization generate and our ability to make it relevant in the ideologically driven world we live in. We could be better at the storytelling aspect of this work to connect the evidence to the mission of ending poverty.

    There can be a disconnect between MDRC's culture and the communities we work with. Staff need to be trained to be culturally sensitive and partnership-driven in our work with social service providers. There is a lack of diversity within our senior staff; we don't always practice what we preach when it comes to building pathways to opportunity.

    Too many meeting. Business is conducted in a very "old school" manner. Efficiency is laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in upper management who are great managers, rather than great researchers. Build better pathways to career growth and focus on keeping your existing staff flourishing and challenged, rather than focusing on immediate needs. Keep pushing towards a more diverse, inclusive and partnership-driven culture. Focus on rewarding performance rather than "paying dues" as a way to grow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Technical Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with data to analyze important social programs, and coworkers are all bright, motivated individuals who care about what they are doing.

    Cons

    Lack of natural light in the office.


  9. "Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work in a collaborative, fast-paced work environment
    -Colleagues are passionate about their work and there is room for growth within the organization
    -Friendly working environment (Friday Parties)
    -MDRC is the type of organization where one can constantly learn and grow
    -Exposure and opportunity to collaborate with other national partners in equity-driven work

    Cons

    -Lack of diversity
    -Can sometimes feel elitist and very hierarchical
    -Slow to promote
    -Lack of professional development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    -Invest time and money for employees to learn and grow within their role


  10. "Good if you're looking for a career in research"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with regards to the percent time you work (60% and up gets benefits), well-regarded in the social policy research industry; interesting projects

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic; harder path to advancement if you aren't a researcher, not a culture of staff development,

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training supervisors in managing staff


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