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  • "Low salary for junior level staff.(in 14 reviews)
  • "Strict supervision, hostile culture at the survey center.(in 11 reviews)
  • "the lack of diversity among researchers and survey researchers is frustrating.(in 10 reviews)
  • "This leads to a lot of chaos and poor management.(in 10 reviews)
  • "Poor training and for a company that is computer(in 6 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    If you haven't been there 15 yrs already, don't bother

    Jun 7, 2021 - Senior Researcher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - a good place for junior staff to learn various aspects of project management to prepare for an advanced degree - possibility of work-life balance due to flexible work hours but often not feasible given the amount of work that is assigned - a lot of genuinely nice people work here

    Cons

    - absolutely no foresight or plans to integrate new professional staff; onboarding processes that can take 2 to 3 year or more - no respect for work done prior to Mathematica - the work that got you the job - it no longer matters because it is not done the "Mathematica way" - staff work in silos with their close friends; need to be very social and introduce yourself (or in a sense re-interview) with each person in your division to have any hope of ever being added to a project team. - no transparency about future projects or division strategy

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    6 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not an organization you can stay for long

    Apr 15, 2021 - Program Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Evidence-based research; organization outputs interesting research; smart and friendly co-workers; output is vetted multiple times so high quality delivered to clients; great mission.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrible - you are expected to work beyond your work hours to complete the task (even though they tell you, you shouldn't). It's hard to take more than two days off for PTO since it takes more time looking for someone to cover you while you're out. Too much stress put into billable hours; the hours that you bill do not accurately reflect the actual hours you worked. Support for junior staff is limited since everyone is so swamped all the time, it's hard to ask someone for help. No support for actual career advancement - junior staff has limited knowledge about the project they work on and are often not included in most task meetings or given an opportunity to contribute to client deliverables. Limited opportunities to work on other projects, especially across different divisions within the organization.

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    15 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Former Employee

    positive experience

    Nov 28, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    diverse culture, investment in junior staff

    Cons

    large variety in project work

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good pay, predictable work, poor work environment

    May 24, 2012 - Researcher II 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1) Every employee, besides secretaries, gets their own office 2) Mathematica has a good reputation in the field 3) The pay and benefits are probably better than average for these types of firms 4) Mathematica gets good contracts and interesting work

    Cons

    1) Limited professional development opportunities, especially for junior staff 2) Co-workers are competent but not self-reflective about their craft. 3) The culture is predictable (a plus to some) but bland. I've worked places with a much more interesting, dynamic, and diverse corporate culture. 4) Some staff in the human services research division lack professionalism. Personal relationships often drive business decisions and staff are treated differently based upon their personal relationships. 5) Mathematica does not hold staff, especially senior staff and project directors, accountable to expectations and policies. 6) There's a perception that the 'Mathematica way' is the best way; there is a lot of pressure to conform. 7) As other reviewers have mentioned, Mathematica's commitment to diversity, especially in the human services research division, is suspect at best. I'd encourage you to read what others have said here on Glassdoor about diversity because I think they are correct.

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    11 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Overworked and Underappreciated

    Sep 2, 2019 - Research Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Great entry-level experience -Diverse set of projects -Professional environment

    Cons

    There's a lot of pressure to stay billable at Mathematica. Unforutently, a lot of projects have tight budgets, so you're expected to complete tasks or projects as efficiently as possible. However, project managers and project leaders don't consider the number of staffing hours that are allocated on a project when work is given. It's incredibly stressful because you're on the hook to make all your assignment project teams happy. Additionally, there is little training and investment in junior staff. Junior staff members are at the mercy of their task leads or project leaders when it comes to performance reviews. Often, feedback is never given. When it is, it is usually an afterthought and highly critical and negative. It's an incredibly hierarchical organization where junior staff had little recourse. Lastly, HR is extremely rude and prone to yelling at employees.

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    17 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great company, little focus on junior staff

    Apr 7, 2021 - Analyst 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work culture. Kind people.

    Cons

    Low salaryLow salaryLow salary for junior level staff. No bonuses for junior staff.

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Better for independent, older individuals

    Jul 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    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.

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