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Mathematica Policy Research Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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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 17 reviews)

  • Positive work environment, healthy work/life balance, interesting work (in 13 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 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Employee Driven and Flexible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    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. "Interviewer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research part-time

    Pros

    Taught me how to communicate with different types of people over the phone

    Cons

    You never really knew how you were doing

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency as company gets larger.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Good, smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues. Wonderful mission. Good benefits.

    Cons

    As the company has grown, the required changes in management have not been easy while trying to maintain the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the core business. Reduce focus on growth.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Better for independent, older individuals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time

    Pros

    -Smart, hardworking individuals who are friendly and contribute to an informal atmosphere
    -Willing to hear feedback from employees
    -Regular emails and meetings with senior management to keep updated on the goings on and financial performance
    -Great space (downtown DC, beautiful glass building with brand new amenities)
    -Opportunities available for junior staff

    Cons

    -Supervisor. They can either not be useful or hurt you.
    -Ghost town. Many older employees with families now work from home, so it's not uncommon to show up at the office and find the rest of the hall empty. Most of the time, you spend your entire day in your office and don't see anyone else, unless it's on your way to the kitchen or bathroom.
    -Unpredictable management. Some projects are managed really well, with senior staff being very open and communicative, but most senior researchers do not put in as much as effort as they should to check in on what's going on, especially at the junior staff level. You're also typically on multiple projects, so it can get busy really quickly and feel overwhelming, which means it's important to be able to have someone to talk to and feel comfortable with.
    -Advancement opportunities. Most people do get promoted fairly regularly, but there are some who are "stuck" in their positions for years, and given either no reasons or reasons that do not justify the lack of advancement.
    -Project work. For the first few years, you are given what you're given. It's only after developing a few relationships that you get to express interest and work towards the area that you want.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Prejudice Place Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home policy, vacation.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, mistreatment of those who do not look like them, lack of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Attend diversity training, embrace diversity.

    Mathematica Policy Research Response

    Aug 15, 2017 – Associate Director, Human Resources

    From: Diane Herz, Chief Diversity Officer at Mathematica Policy Research
    We were deeply saddened to learn that this former employee experienced Mathematica as prejudiced. We are always working to... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time

    Pros

    The staff in Tucson is great. Supervisors are nice and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Some projects end and before you know it you will need to cut your hours.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "It's great if you're not in admin division"

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

    I have been working at Mathematica Policy Research full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work from home, ESOP, high caliber professionals/researchers

    Cons

    If you're not a researcher or in one of the research units, then you're treated differently (not as valued and paid less)

    Advice to Management

    The company's emphasis on collegiality seems to only apply to researchers. It's not extended to all staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Program Associate"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Former Employee - Program Associate
    Recommends

    I worked at Mathematica Policy Research full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, great introduction to a range of policy issues and programs

    Cons

    Slightly bureaucratic with career advancement


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mostly great. Better for senior staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Work 40 flexible hours a week, no more. Work from home if you want to or need to. Laid-back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not a lot of staff development for junior staff. It's kind of understood that you will leave and get an advanced degree before coming back at the senior level.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training for the junior staff


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