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  1. "Flexible place to work with great colleagues"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, can work remotely, company invests in technology to facilitate collaboration cross its centers and with others outside PIRE intellectually stimulating work environment, accomplished and smart colleagues, amazing and innovative research being conducted.

    Cons

    The cons have nothing to do with the company, but to do with trying to survive on soft funding.


  2. "PIRE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation full-time

    Pros

    Good office environment, pire offer competitive salaries and benefit packages, pire employees play a vital role in the delivery of our services and we recognize them as our most valuable asset

    Cons

    Its seems there is a rule that says whites only, When there is lack of government grant they fire every one instead of expanding the business and search to secure the funds.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify and educate your staffs

  3. "Program Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Good benefits. Efficient.

    Cons

    Location. No other cons to report


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Everyone is so friendly!

    Cons

    I have no cons for PIRE


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at PIRE was a great experience as a research assistant. But that isn't something that really means much since everyone is going to work under a different researcher which can treat you completely differently.

    Cons

    The work was part time when I needed full time work.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


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    "Lack of Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reputation as a focus driven research institute.

    Cons

    CEO has not created or inspired continuing revenue opportunities to keep the organization alive. Poor and ineffective leadership that is disguised by lack of transparency.


  7. "Great place to begin a career in research for social good, especially for junior scholars and researchers."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good work-life balance, opportunity to be very hands-on in a variety of research projects

    Cons

    Pay is lower than in other comparable fields, though that's mostly New Mexico, and not PIRE's issue.

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct and hands-on.

  8. "A fantastic public health organization"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The People
    Work Environment
    Lack of Mico-Mgt

    Cons

    Low Salary for Position
    Communication between centers

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "Very collaborative and nurturing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    High quality research, very smart and collaborative colleagues

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind at this time.


  10. "Many individuals there lack good business sense. There is an awful lot of grant money wasted"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very much able to set your own schedule. The pay compared to some other larger research organizations is equitable and benefits plans are excellent.

    Cons

    A blend of staff who don't necessarily have the education and/or competency to be running research projects. Basic tenants of survey research and methodologies are not understood. Routinely protocols and fundamental Human Subject provisions to protect data and people are mismanaged. HR is operating in the dark ages - no real innovation, just a cookie cutter administrative paper pusher dept.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of remaining complacent in terms of attracting and retaining individuals who have tried and true management experience and a modem of understanding of the intricacies of survey methodology - recruit the best and the brightest. Don't hire Suzy Q because she babysat for you as a teenager and now is all grown up and doesn't have a career path to speak of.