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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    N/A

    Mar 30, 2016 -  in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work Life Balance and Benefits Plan.

    Cons

    Performance Management Policy and Salary Grade.

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Research Associate

    Nov 6, 2014 -  
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits, and great people. The people I work with are smart and dedicated employees. There are very few duds! Also, work environment is flexible and supervisors are generally supportive.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be non-existent. Hours can be long and teams are under staffed. I see lots of over-worked staff and get emails well after midnight and in the early mornings.

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    3 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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    Business Outlook

    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

    Nice Place to Work

    Nov 18, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Learning opportunities; great health insurance; up 20 days vacation plus holidays and sick days

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better; work pace not steady - periods of high and low intensity

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Promotion system deeply flawed

    Feb 11, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good training and support for technical research staff. Good work/life balance. Flexibility in schedule and working from home/remotely.

    Cons

    The major flaw here is promotion and growth opportunities, but it completely depends on which policy area and subdivision you are in. There seems to be no oversight across the company regarding the promotions process. When looking at the company as a whole there seems to be no rhyme or reason to why some people get promoted and others don't. It often appears to require stroking the right person's ego. Again, depending on the policy area and seemingly random circumstance, you may need to fight for scraps of responsibility to earn a meager raise/promotion to a position you are already overqualified for.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Decent Organization, but Needs Work

    Aug 16, 2010 - Associate in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of very committed and smart people are the biggest draw. Many of the projects we take on or develop are cutting edge work.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic for being just a medium sized organization. Raises and promotions are not fully based on performance. There is a minority of people who gets away with doing little but still moving their way up the ranks. Also, work/life balance issues are common at this org.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 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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    Business Outlook

    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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  8. 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.

    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 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
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Coworkers and company culture but lost upper management

    May 4, 2022 - Research Assistant 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A great work life balance and environment to learn skills and feel like you're doing meaningful work

    Cons

    Company management seems fairly out of touch with maintaining a workplace where all employees feel valued which frankly feels ironic considering the nature of the work.

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