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Found 347 of over 376 reviews
3.8
72% Recommend to a Friend
RAND CEO Michael Rich
67% Approve of CEO

Found 345 of over 376 reviews

3.8
72%
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67%
Approve of CEO
RAND CEO Michael Rich
Michael Rich
164 Ratings

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Positive Experience

    Aug 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    • positive work environment • brilliant colleagues • diverse array of issues to tackle • collegial atmosphere; lots of support • work-life balance • good benefits

    Cons

    • some processes could be streamlined

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Overall great environment

    Jul 5, 2022 - Assistant Policy Researcher in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very diverse set of projects available if you can navigate the internal labor market. Researchers at RAND are professional and kind. No hierarchy for the most part, except students have had little say in big administrative decisions which can be stressful. Best part of the PhD program are the excellent and friendly peers, as well as amazing professors for math/stats/operations research and microeconomics core. An excellent program if you want to become a policy specialist or work in government. A good-great program if you want to become an academic in public health/epidemiology or empirical economics. Economic theory courses train very well in understanding the intuition and fundamental mechanics of partial/general equilibrium and public economics.

    Cons

    The internal labor market takes getting used to and is highly competitive. PI name is usually anonymous when a work opportunity comes up. The curriculum could place more emphasis on statistics/microeconometrics, and less on the socio-behavioral sciences and policy analysis for the Research, Analysis, and Design stream.

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Kind of a mess

    Jul 14, 2022 - Finance in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Some great people. Decent benefits. Short commute (for me).

    Cons

    Many many not so great people. Culture of fear and performative collegiality. Appalling senior management. Poorly articulated strategic vision. Will a new CEO turn it around? I’m rooting for the possibility.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Difficult to asvance

    Jul 13, 2022 - Survey Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits package, especially for families

    Cons

    Unpredictable work load, poor cycle olanning

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Nice place to conduct research

    Jun 27, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Diverse background of people and teams

    Cons

    Stressful to find funding opportunities

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great colleagues

    Jun 17, 2022 - Senior Physical Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Colleagues are the absolute best

    Cons

    Challenging internal labor market, especially outside of FFRDCs

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    Jun 13, 2022 - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home, nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Low pay, no advancement, issues with building.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good place to work

    Jun 8, 2022 - Research Programmer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible schedule Good work/life balance Type of work can be meaningful

    Cons

    Some HR reps aren’t great

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    lol

    Jun 29, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Dignity of work: D.C. office employees can tell family & friends that they work "at the mall."

    Cons

    Dignity of work.: D.C. office employees can tell family & friends that they work "at the mall."

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    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Excellent culture

    May 17, 2022 - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Diversity is encouraged and supported.

    Cons

    Could benefit from more cross-functional team approaches to solutions

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RAND has an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, based on over 376 reviews left anonymously by employees. 72% of employees would recommend working at RAND to a friend and 61% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, RAND employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at RAND. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

72% of RAND employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated RAND 3.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.5 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

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