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NORC at the University of Chicago Bethesda Reviews

Updated January 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule and exciting workload (in 25 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is really stressed and it's generally out of the ordinary to work past 5:30 (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There is absolutely no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • This is a minimum-wage job and all that goes along with it (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, open to suggestions, nice benefits.

    Cons

    on-boarding process long and tedious, salary could be better


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people; so-so work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very collaborative culture
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Little growth in role after college- you often have to do the same work for years with little intellectual growth or stimulation

    Advice to Management

    Develop incentives for junior staff to stay motivated


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Okay Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers and leadership were thoughtful, intelligent, and kind. NORC does important, interesting work.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from project managers. Poor supervision. Employees are overburdened and are often on so many projects they can't successfully fill tasks. Those who should be at higher levels with advanced degrees are treated like admin assistants.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on well being of employees


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  5. "Pay Attention to Red Flags"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Potential to learn about Medicaid/CHIP policy, my supervisor's interests are in disadvantaged groups

    Cons

    Huge tech dysfunction
    Corporate structure/incentives apparent despite not for profit status

    Advice to Management

    Structure interview schedules better, give realistic description of tasks to be assigned


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great work, nice people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I joined right after undergrad, and I was able to get a lot of responsibility very early on due to the small team I was on and the trusting nature of the company. People are great - very collegial environment.

    Cons

    Academic nature can be frustrating and slow at times. As a nonprofit, many mini frustrations. Often feels very siloed.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to break down silos and encourage communication across departments.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Stay Away! No Career Or Skill Development"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing... DO NOT TAKE A POSITION HERE!

    Cons

    -Pay not competitive at all.
    -Benefit package not competitive.
    -Not a lot of career development or training opportunities
    -Management is all done through people with PhDs, who are not trained to manage at all! -They do not give you any ownership in any of the projects at all. All of them are controlled -freaks. They disagree with anyone who opposes their ideas.
    -People here have Master's degree and they are not utilizing all the skills that they have learned in Graduate school. Instead, they are forcing people with Master's degree to take meeting notes all day. We have Master's degrees, we can do more than take meeting notes!
    -Management do not thank people for the work they do, especially when they bend over backwards for them.
    -Some of the management/senior positions are not very approachable at all. When you ask for help, they look at you as if you are stupid
    -When management/senior positions have nothing to do, they will schedule unnecessary meetings. Thus, it is very difficult to schedule a meeting with them because all they do is go to meetings and create unnecessary meetings
    -VERY MICRO MANAGEMENT!!!!
    -They criticize you for all the work you do

    Advice to Management

    Train the upper level positions. They are not train to manage people nor projects. Offer more career opportunities and advancement. Do more team/company wide activities to build stronger team work atmosphere.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "NORC provides a cutting-edge experience on learning about healthcare reform and a collegial working environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compared to other government contractors like Accenture or think tanks like the Urban Institute, NORC is an up-and-coming entity and is under-hyped on being involved in key health policy contracts, specifically in involvement with the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

    Because NORC is relatively younger than other players, there is a lot of opportunity for organizational and personal growth. Initiatives to share projects and educate younger employees are pervasive and senior employees are very approachable. Promotion and compensation is competitive compared to the industry, and benefits are strong (health insurance and 401k).

    Cons

    Considering NORC is officially a non-profit, people work very hard here in the interest of humanity. You can imagine a consulting-like environment, like top management consulting companies, such as McKinsey. Conversely, this could be a pro, if one sees it as beneficial professional training.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a good job with gathering feedback from employees and maintaing a fair and open dialogue. Unfortunately the over-openness may be hurting management since change happens much slower than gathering the feedback, i.e. the perception is that management is slow, even though it may not be a fair perception to management.

    Given I am no longer at NORC for almost 2 years, I've had the chance to step back to think objectively about what I would do if I were management: I would allow more junior employees to take more ownership in projects, internal initiatives to educate fellow employees and allow more platforms to make junior and mid-level employees empowered. NORC hires intelligent employees who are capable of independently bringing about great results and as the organization has and needs to scale, this will be critical to sustain the high quality work and fantastic culture that already exists.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working part-time. Company is well-managed."

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and well managed organization.

    Cons

    Strict adherence to rules/norms with little flexibility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hard Wok Pays Off"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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    Lax work schedule
    Multi-task and skill development
    Positive attention to Junior Staff
    Advancement opportunities!

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Proposal development during regular work schedule can be frustrating
    Billable hours vs standard time card
    May not work on projects spcific to your interests

    Advice to Management

    Keep the flexible working schedules and the work at home policies equitable for all staff


  11. "Great research opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NORC at the University of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good coworkers, lots of exposure to government research.

    Cons

    Work can be a bit hectic during proposal season.



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