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MDRC Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Research associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting work, mentoring, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Heavy workload, some rigidity, hard to implement changes

    Advice to Management

    Hold Sr staff more accountable


  2. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Promotional opportunities very stagnant (slow moving).

    Cons

    Good medical benefits and perks.

  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits offered to all employees.

    Cons

    No career path for non-research staff. Favoritism and inconsistent policies.


  4. "Strong Organizational Culture"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, work environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Undefined career path for non-research staff.


  5. "Research Assistant II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Excellent professional development opportunities, wonderful people

    Cons

    Strict protocols around promotion timing


  6. "A great place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    MDRC spends a great deal of resources to develop their staff and offer opportunities for you to move up within the ranks. The benefits and work-life balance are great and you work with smart and creative people.

    Cons

    I can't think of a lot of cons, which might explain why I have stayed with this company for so long. They rarely hire for senior position. Most are filled by staff moving up from within.

    Advice to Management

    MDRC is approaching a crossroad with a lot of very senior people about to retire. It will be interesting to see how you will handle the shift in management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexibility, interesting work, generous vacation and health benefits, (some) great people

    Cons

    not a dynamic environment. things are always done the same way, regardless of whether it really makes sense. professional development lacking.

    Advice to Management

    think about how to respond to these reviews: nearly all of them have the same themes. you are losing people who think differently.

  8. "Great organization"

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

    Pros

    Full of really smart people with good priorities, very friendly and flexible working environment, opportunity to learn a ton through the job. Very committed to producing rigorous work.

    Cons

    Too slow to change its procedures, can sometimes be frustratingly cautious and set in its ways. Slightly rigid staffing structure that draws from a narrow pool of experiences and educational/personality types.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, supportive environment, but a little short on career development"

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

    I have been working at MDRC (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is a professional and supportive one that places a great deal of value of an individual's technical expertise and critical thinking skills. In two years, I have heard of no drama or even harsh criticism among staff. The fringe benefits are also good.

    Cons

    The staffing structure is a bit rigid; I have not observed any significant upward mobility among staff at any level apart from promotions of grade. The fringe benefits should also be harmonized between the New York and California offices, particularly when it comes to parental leave.

    Advice to Management

    I think management staff at all levels should work with their staff members specifically on developing their careers in the company and beyond.


  10. "Room for Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst I in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst I in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training offered for technical staff. Flexibility in work schedule and a decent work life balance. If you work with the right people, it's a great environment to grow and learn!

    Cons

    There is little room for career advancement for more junior staff. Creativity is often discouraged, many senior level staff want things done a certain way because "that's how it's always been done." It's rare to have technical opportunities outside of SAS. The performance review and career advancement processes are not consistent or transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Consider changing the structure of the organization, there are too many inefficiency that could easily be resolved by doing so (ex: tech staff work as internal consultants organization wide). Make retention of younger staff a priority. Choose managers that can actually manage, not those with the most prestigious degrees. Consider revising and adding clarity to the performance review and career advancement processes. If funding gets cut, make staff aware, don't sweep it under the carpet!


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