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  • "Very little opportunity to move upward without leaving for graduate school.(in 3 reviews)
  • "Lots of diversity 'lunch forums' but little actual training to address micro(in 3 reviews)
  • "The salaries are low because it is a nonprofit.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great company!

    Apr 27, 2016 - Research Analyst I 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Professional development opportunities. Staff are very passionate about their work. Great colleagues and environment.

    Cons

    Slow progression in positions. Competitors salaries are often higher.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great people; undervalued and underpaid

    Oct 27, 2021 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people are by far the best piece of MDRC. I worked with some of the brightest, most thoughtful, interesting, and caring people who became wonderful and lifelong friends. The benefits package was great for me - very good health insurance and excellent vacation days.

    Cons

    No upward mobility - RA positions are typically for 1-3 years, and the culture is such that RAs are treated as if they will leave, so the company doesn't invest in them in areas the RA is interested in pursuing, such as professional development or skills-based trainings. RAs and other 'junior' staff are undervalued and underpaid

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    4 people found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Comfortable, Lacking Efficiency

    May 31, 2018 - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Technical Research Assistant

    Nov 6, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Incredibly smart peers and superiors. Motivated and diverse staff. Meaningful research. Great resources for grad school endeavors.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slower-paced than one may hope but comes in cycles.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Freelancer, more than 3 years

    Company accommodating on a personal level but difficult to advance with

    Dec 15, 2021 - Editor in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The staff here is kind and considerably more laid back than at other publishing/social science institutions. The company culture encourages you to express your personal viewpoint even when discussing work-related matters. They are also accommodating of your individual needs as far as your schedule goes and tend to set deadlines around you, rather than the other way around. The pay rate is above average and they are generous in the amount of hours they’ll allow you to bill for with freelance jobs. And they largely allow you to exercise individual judgment in the way in which you do your work rather than imposing strict guidelines.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of hierarchy in the organizational structure of the company, and it is difficult to move up as an employee, let alone receive continuous assignments as a freelancer. Some of this I imagine has to do with a strict in-house legal department that oversees almost all aspects of every project. So, while they are super accommodating and lenient when you’re doing a job, it feels almost deadlocked in terms of advancing with the company.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    A great place to learn and grow

    Oct 12, 2016 - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Room for Improvement

    May 26, 2016 - Research Analyst I in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

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

    Aug 2, 2016 -  in New York, NY
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    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.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Working at MDRC

    Jun 19, 2018 - Receptionist in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    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.

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to learn and grow

    Apr 15, 2020 - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    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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    1 person found this review helpful
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