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Updated Nov 30, 2019

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Mathematica President Paul Decker
Paul Decker
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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Good pay, predictable work, poor work environment"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica full-time for more than 3 years


    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


    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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    Advice to Management

    Hold staff accountable to corporate policies. Create procedures to limit the role of personal relationships in professional decisions. Focus on increasing diversity and valuing different perspectives.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Overall strong"

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    • Senior Management
    Research Analyst 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica


    1) Very smart and nice colleagues 2) Very good pay 3) Wide variety of interesting work 4) Promotional opportunities


    1) No management career track. Lack of opportunities to take on leadership roles until you're very senior. 2) Project directors have full power. Management will not rein them in even when they display inappropriate behavior that does not follow company standards. 3) Lack of transparency about overall management decisions.

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