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Updated February 2, 2018
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance too - you just need to put in the 8 hour each day whether it's in the office or at home (in 18 reviews)

  • Positive work environment, healthy work/life balance, interesting work (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Many junior staff are not well-trained, which tends to place a significant burden on more senior (or more attentive) staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Because you will work with many different project directors, it's up to you to let them know if you are busy on other projects (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Employee Driven and Flexible"

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

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very flexible work environment, employee driven workload, and a valuable mission.

    Cons

    An academic environment that can be slow to adapt and creates redundancies.


  2. "Part time Field Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time

    Pros

    Extremely professional staff and project organization.

    Cons

    There are no negative experiences.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low drama, passionate workforce, efficiently operated, nice offices, millennial friendly

    Cons

    long hours, becoming more corporate and less think tank


  4. "Great culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great fellow employees, flexibility to work from home if needed and slow-paced, but meaningful work.

    Cons

    If you're the type of person who needs constant interaction, the offices might seem a bit quiet. However, everyone is so friendly that you can just walk into their offices and chat. Basically, it's what you make of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "Overall: Thumbs Up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Amazing staff. Team work and collective expertise are an asset.

    Cons

    Management structure and promotion processes are not always clear


  6. "great experience"

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

    Pros

    Amazing learning environment before graduate school.

    Cons

    Lots of work, and brush up on your coding.


  7. "On Call Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time

    Pros

    Very flexible, independent work. Able to pick what days you work.

    Cons

    No recognition for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain workers who exhibit exceptional work ethic.

  8. "Nice colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice and smart colleagues, friendly working enviroment

    Cons

    It takes a while to get settled and know the right people etc.


  9. "Conscientiousness and Cooperative"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues working together to produce high quality work on important topics

    Cons

    Need to follow procedures to make sure things work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Health Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Health Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and important work. Intelligent and kind colleagues. Lots of work and ability to grow and try different things. Lots of flexibility in terms of working from home, and part time work.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to find your niche and community here because the work is project-based and you often work across teams, which change over time. It can feel disjointed and difficult to manage the competing priorities and management styles. Some managers are better than others... but this is true everywhere.


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