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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • There is a dark side to the "internal labor market (in 10 reviews)

  • The internal labor market can create a lot of stress if you're having trouble finding projects (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at.
    Friendly and collaborative environment
    Excellent Benefits
    Close to the beach

    Cons

    Can be highly stressful at times, so you have to be good at time management to meet deadlines, etc.


  2. "Assistant Policy Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule; challenging tasks; interesting projects; paid leave and benefits if you negotiate this into your contract

    Cons

    challenging working environment that can sometimes not be supportive; competitive peers


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at RAND full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic work-life balance encouraged. Great benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is a little bit removed from the office life, and that can make for difficult engagement across sites

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and sensitive the needs that are specific to the other sites


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "RAND is a place where smart people get to work on interesting problems."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst IV in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst IV in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are the biggest pro. The impact of the work is probably second. The flexibility and benefits are nice too.

    Cons

    The coverage system can be frustrating at times. The institution can also be slow to grow / evolve, meaning we rarely have access to the newest technologies.


  6. "RAND REVIEW"

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

    I worked at RAND full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Colleagues, Flexible work schedule, intellectual freedom, work variety

    Cons

    compensation is a bit lower that which can be had in industry


  7. "Boring work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The hours where ok...and some employesz where ok as well.

    Cons

    The supervisors are not ok it is a very boring work place you arealways being monitered.


  8. "N/A"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, flexibility, awesome place to grow intellectually and stimulating place to challenge the status quo (whatever that may be).

    Cons

    A bit too entrepreneurial


  9. "Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary environment, high-level research projects, teaching at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Cons

    RAND is all based on soft money, so we need to get funding from outside institutions (e.g., government and foundations) or try to get into projects of other RAND researchers.

    Advice to Management

    It should try to better connect junior and senior researchers, so junior researchers would not have so much trouble finding work on research projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Policy Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Political Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Political Scientist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    RAND offers a lot of job flexibility with no set hours or boss. You can control the work you do and not work with people you don't work well with. But a soft money organization can be really terrible if your research area isn't well funded.

    Cons

    RAND works its employees way too hard. There is a terrible work-life balance and the company takes advantage of the internal competitive market.

    Advice to Management

    Management should do a better job at showing its employees that all their hard work is appreciated. They should also be way more transparent about salaries and where the overhead goes.


  11. "Project Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Project Consultant in Bristow, VA
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in Bristow, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy to get along with the people who work there. Very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    So far there are no real problems that I can spot.

    Advice to Management

    none



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