MDRC Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2020

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3.6
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MDRC President  Virginia Knox
Virginia Knox
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  • "Work-life balance is not a priority here and senior staff do not do a great job at modeling this(in 5 reviews)

  • "Not enough communication between policy areas(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Research Assistant (generalist)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Co-workers are even better. Can't believe how great my boss is & how welcoming my team-members are. Fortunate to have found a place where I get to work on something I feel passionate about while working in such a great environment.

    Cons

    Depending on who you work with, somewhat hierarchical. I don't experience that myself but have witnessed it with other teams & have heard from other people that my boss is the best about that kind of issue.

  2. "Great place to learn and grow"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with super intelligent, thoughtful and committed individuals Interesting research projects and can be challenging at times (which is a good thing because you'll never be bored) Organization offers a mentoring program for junior staff and graduate school panels for staff Reputable organization, experience looks great on a resume Organization is moving to become more inclusive and be more diverse Beautiful and collaborative office space

    Cons

    Management looks different across the board and across different policy areas Lack of transparency in promotion processes and policies Surprisingly there are a lot of missed opportunities to learn across the different policy areas Work-life balance is not a priority here and senior staff do not do a great job at modeling this

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission and a very collaborative environment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been working at MDRC for a little while now and it's been a positive experience thus far. The organization has a great mission and my colleagues are all passionate about the work they do. They've been intentional about having an inclusive environment set in place and strive to strengthen it by providing staff training and communications around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. There's also been a push for more consistent feedback to both staff and management across the organization aside from the norm of annual performance reviews.

    Cons

    Being too collaborative has also lead to any decision that needs to be made, on the slow side, as often times there may be too many cooks in the kitchen.

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  4. "Experiences Vary Widely"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    co-workers are amazing people mentoring program diverse work opportunities for growth encouraged

    Cons

    all pros are subject to variety based on your managers/supervisors promotion happens slowly work can be siloed if management does not encourage exploring

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Revolving Door – People don’t stay, low ball you"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People come to when when they want to , take off when they want to , even take unpaid days off. Low paying job, they try to low ball you and try to get you at the lower rate and when it come to raises, they give their top boss the money and feed you table scraps.

    Cons

    No growth, don't reach team members equally - favoritism big time.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Important and interesting place to work, but bureaucratic"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart and friendly colleagues The research is rigorous and demanding - challenges that can prompt professional growth

    Cons

    The organization is slow to change and some units/staff are hierarchical The bar to getting promoted from Analyst to Associate is high

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  7. "Library Assistant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    MDRC is a great organization dedicated to evidence based research to help the social policy populations they work with. The company just moved to a great new office with a view. They have a congenial work environment with friendly, dedicated staff that support each other.

    Cons

    The new office location is in an expensive area and there are less cheap food options around.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Research Assistant"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Analyst II"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and interesting work and opportunity to learn many skills.

    Cons

    The salaries are low because it is a nonprofit.

  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    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

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