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Updated March 30, 2019
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Pros
  • "Very pleasant work environment, passionate and brilliant people, incredibly flexible work life" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Really interesting work, projects that matter, really good culture" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "You have to find your own work (RAND's "internal labor market")" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Internal labor market is stressful; you need to be fully covered at all times, which can be difficult if you work on the domestic side" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "GREAT place to learn about research"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had some amazing experiences and opportunities working at RAND as an RA. Writing, research, training, project management, etc. It's definitely a place you can use to learn new skills and I also found a couple of wonderful mentors!

    Cons

    It can be hard to find and manage work so that you have the right amount to do each week. Sometimes you get slammed by multiple projects and other times it can be a bit dry. Also, your working conditions are largely determined by the quality of your PI, so pick carefully!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Friendly place to work
    -Great location
    -Role is what you make of it. You have to find projects that appeal to you and fit your goals
    -good benefits
    -interesting range of projects, you can always find something that interests you
    -supervisors are willing to challenge you and give you expanded roles if you prove yourself trustworthy

    Cons

    -glass ceiling, no upward mobility. You cannot progress past research assistant without higher education. Your skills and roles outgrow your pay and title quickly
    - can be difficult to find work at times
    - clear difference between AAs and RAs and other higher level employees in how they are treated by management.
    -salary grows slowly

    Advice to Management

    There should be more flexibility in growing careers here without the need for higher education. RAND should invest more in growing it's talent and listen to supervisors about promotions and salary growth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "My Best Work Experience So Far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    it's an amazing place to collaborate with people who are good at what they do and have a passion for public service

    Cons

    extraneous workload, a lot of mental stress


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Company is stuck in the times"

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    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and starting point for someone's career.

    Cons

    This company's culture is terrible. It puts its researchers on a pedestal and supporting staff beneath them. HR does not advocate for staff when complaints are put in, but they will advocate for management when an employee rubs the boss wrong. If you want someone to do all the thinking for you, then this company will be a fit for you. If you are proactive, then this isn't the place for you. They have meetings for everything, but not a lot is communicated. The company offers a generous amount of leave, but whats the point if you have to provide your manager with a statement of reasons for taking it.

    Advice to Management

    Put more value into your staff and stop stagnating their progress because you are afraid they may end up with your job. Explore outside of the company and observe what innovations to processes others are doing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Happy Environment with Work/Life Balance"

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

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    RAND is a great place to work with a true regard for work/life balance.

    Cons

    I have been at RAND for a year and so far have not encountered anything to rant about.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Way behind the times"

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    RAND certainly has a positive reputation, has produced good to great work, and has admirable qualities such as nonpartisanship and objectivity at its core.

    Cons

    Sadly RAND does not live up to its promise. It bills itself as a flat matrix like organization, but in reality it is very disorganized, has an ineffective business model, high overhead, and absent and tired leadership. Being a social or political scientist is particularly exhausting as you're constantly uncertain whether you have work. in the future. There is also no recourse; HR is very hands off and you're never sure who to go to for help as it is a "flat" organization.

    Advice to Management

    RAND needs fresh blood and new ideas. It's hard to imagine RAND existing as a reputable workplace if it continues in this direction.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "70 years and holding"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers in all areas

    Cons

    Slow to change, modernize, adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Be more introspective about internal issues

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Happy Camper"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely is a huge plus. Matrix structure allows you to take on work you find appealing. Brilliant staff. Excellent President. Great reputation.

    Cons

    Too much work that should be handled by finance or contracts support is pushed to research project staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "An excellent place for junior researchers"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Policy Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Policy Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - lots of flexibility
    - flat and friendly organization
    - opportunity to see project through from proposal to client briefing, even at a junior level

    Cons

    - no guaranteed work/coverage
    - slower process (publication reviews take longer than in other institutions, driven by quality assurance and peer review)

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to get enough different voices and listen to them. RAND is a unique place and there is a reason people do not like to leave!


  10. "Line cook 2"

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    Current Employee - Line Cook II in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Line Cook II in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Monday-Friday off weekends
    6:00 am-3:00pm
    Rand corporation is peaceful calm relaxing place to work. There is always work never a dull moment, but day goes by fast.

    Cons

    Haven’t found any yet but I just started working it’s only been a week will be updating in the future