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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • 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 11 reviews)

  • There is a dark side to the "internal labor market (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment for self-starters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, autonomy, intelligent and dedicated colleagues, interesting work

    Cons

    With autonomy comes a lot of responsibility for finding project work, which can cause stress.


  2. "Outstanding research institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    High-quality research, brilliant colleagues, resources

    Cons

    Bureaucracy (as in any large organization), stressful internal labor market

  3. "Overall Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely good people who are generally easy to work with, with a few exceptions. Fair compensation. Great mission. Employees care about mission.

    Cons

    Employees stay a long time and therefore there is not much room for upward mobility. Technology extremely outdated, questionable technological decisions when something is updated. Some long term employees are mostly checked out. Heavily impacted by national politics and the federal govt.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring RAND into the present as an organization, not just in the work that RAND does.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Location, culture, people, organization, amenities

    Cons

    Unable to provide at this time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Really interesting work, projects that matter, really good culture

    Cons

    Can be variable depending on your PI


  6. "Great Place, Great Colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, flexible schedule, good benefits, high level of autonomy, very collegial, very nice physical work environment

    Cons

    salary and benefits competitive with academia, but not private sector. Offices located in very fun but high cost of living places

    Advice to Management

    Don't have any valuable advice, just filling in the twenty word minimum so that I can finish the required form


  7. "Transitional time"

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

    I have been working at RAND full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, interesting and engaging research portfolio

    Cons

    Very weak management, mismatched incentives and priorities, lack of focus on administration which ultimately drives up what is already excessively high overhead.

  8. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    salary employee 20 weeks of leave

    Cons

    work life balance could be better. expect more than a 40 hr week


  9. "An okay place to work if you want something stable"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Passionate colleagues
    - Great brand recognition
    - Job security

    Cons

    - Not a lot of room for growth
    - Very hierarchical


  10. "Short term research assistant position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at RAND part-time

    Pros

    Nice temporary opportunity that fit my school schedule.

    Cons

    Very compartmentalized organization, hard to gauge how to pursue further opportunities after a short term position.


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