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RAND Santa Monica Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  • The location is fantastic but the cost of living in Santa Monica is quite high (in 5 reviews)

  • Soft money environment, which means research staff has to constantly make sure they are in demand (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great placeto work and study"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing environment and truly smart and kind colleagues.

    Cons

    Housing and other living expenses may be prohibitive in the long run for people wanting to move to the Santa Monica headquarters.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "Data Collector"

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

    I worked at RAND as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very disciplined company who's work is crucial.

    Cons

    There are no cons regarding this wonderful company.


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  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. "Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist"

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    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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Policy Scientist"

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    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.


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