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- 4.0Aug 19, 2014Research InternFormer Intern, less than 1 yearBethesda, MD
Worked for RainKing for a couple of months as a Research Intern. Overall the experience was not that bad. Most employees are relatively young in their mid 20's, friendly and approachable, and always willing to lend a hand if you have questions. On my first day, I was introduced to the entire department and had to tell an embarrassing story about myself which was a pretty good icebreaker. I worked with a few supervisors on the Operations team that walked me through the basics of what was needed, but other than that I wasn't micromanaged very much outside of sending reports (emails) letting them know what work was completed. If you like solving problems, are creative, and can work independently it's a pretty good job for $10 dollars an hour. Also - you will never go hungry at this place. It seems like they are always providing lunches and bagels. The dress code is casual to business casual, so it was nice not having to put on a tie and slacks everyday.
The office is not the easiest to access from the metro as there isn't a direct metro stop but it's a 5-10 minute bus ride on the J2 or J3 from the NIH-Medical Center metro stop (they will reimburse metro expenses up to $70/month. If you have a car - they will pay for your parking.)2
- 3.0Jan 27, 2012Corporate ResearcherCurrent Employee
The biggest benefit at RainKing is a flex work day. You have to work 40 hours a week, and you may come in as early as 7 AM or in as late as 10 AM. Core hours are from 10 AM to 3 PM. This flex schedule is great for employees so those who live in places like Frederick or Fairfax can commute to work without having to drive through the beltway during the thick of rush hour. Everyone talks to each other on a first name basis too. Another benefit of RainKing is that there are good benefits including the company contributing about $1,000 to employees' HSA's, and the company will match on 401(k) contributions to a certain point. Last main benefit of the company is that it's a casual workplace. The only rules on it are that you can't wear shorts or athletic gear to work. So T-Shirts, jeans, and running shoes are acceptable here, unlike many other workplaces out there.
Management routinely goes after researchers who are not performing at an acceptable standard on certain performance metrics which are client facing. There is almost always a researcher or two who are facing the pink slip for not meeting metrics at any time. Research Department isn't allowed to telework and this is a tech company... The Sales and IT departments however are given this.2
- 1.0Aug 7, 2014Freelance Corporate ResearcherFormer Contractor, less than 1 year
The editors are very good, very professional, but are overwhelmed.
Everything. It's another elance/odesk sweat shop. The pay for freelance researchers is measly $3 per lead. That is not a typo. $3 per lead for corporate technology research. No surprise many of the most active researchers are in 3rd world countries where $3 USD can actually buy something. Job is advertised as $15 an hour, but don't expect to earn any where near that because this is strictly piecework. The editors are very good but ask too much of researchers given poor pay. To be fair, editors are very overwhelmed because RainKing tends to over hire researchers, meaning editors are flooded with work at times. When that happens, assignments just aren't posted and researchers don't have any work at all. Workflow is guessing game. You can't rely on this job to pay bills.11
- 5.0Oct 16, 2014ResearchCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsNorth Bethesda, MD
RainKing is great for work-life balance (HUGE flexibility with work hours and remote working arrangements). This is probably one of the best things about the company. However, there is also a great group of people that work there, opportunities for professional and personal growth, and the benefit of a casual office vibe. Like everything else, working at RainKing is what you make of it. Work hard, play to your strengths, and you will most likely find your niche here.
Compensation is on the lower end of the scale and perks are few. It is easy to get complacent here and to have time just fly by, while you get by.1
- 4.0Aug 21, 2014IT ResearchFormer Intern, less than 1 yearBethesda, MD
The work environment is independent, but also fun and welcoming. With there never being a shortage of company events and lunches, all employees are very friendly and interactive. The schedule was also incredibly flexible, allowing for you to work from home or office at any time.
Many skills required for the Research Team were learned on the job. So the first few weeks were fast paced and had a steep learning curve to learn everything that was needed. The compensation was also low. Wish it was more competitive.
- 2.0Jun 18, 2013International Research AnalystFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNorth Bethesda, MD
Started out well, really enjoyed the laid back culture. Individualized bonuses, PTO, and Flex-Time hours are a plus. Middle management (from what I have heard through former co-workers) is good at relaying information from executives to their teams.
This company is ran like a dictatorship. The CEO gives the orders and his team of executives follows with little discussion. 75% of the department's responsibilities have been outsourced to India, and the majority of work for analysts in Bethesda has been dumbed down. This looks good to venture capitalists, but scares the hell out of the workers. Co-workers are counting down the days until their jobs no longer exist. No room for mobility, less capable analysts are given alternative opportunities and better analysts suffer with more work.3
- 3.0Aug 1, 2013Research AnalystCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBethesda, MD
I am a researcher, so my review mainly applies to that department. Many reviewers have already hit some of the best pros of the research dept. Casual dress, flex hours, decent benefits, telework opportunity for higher performing employees. I have heard the telework is not as available to IT dept personnel though. The job isn't that difficult, though management keeps restructuring the Research dept. For the most part these changes have been positive, but do create some gaps in knowledge when they're taking place. Specifically with bonus metrics. The organization will restructure then forget to disseminate the quarterly metrics to all employees' until halfway through. The bonuses are reasonably easy to get if you do your job. Anybody who can't consistently achieve 100% isn't trying.
Unfortunately there are many cons of working at RainKing. First and foremost is advancement opportunity. There is none. There are Researchers and Sr. Researchers, but it seems the company is quickly getting rid of promotions to the Senior positions. Before previous restructuring Senior positions were for those that had more responsibility. With the new structure there really aren't differences in each responsibility, so there is really no incentive for the organization to promote. Managers continue to lead employees on with promise of promotion, but somehow after you've done what you're supposed to do, the rules change, and you have to do more. The CEO of the company is bad. The company works best when he doesn't show up (which is most of the time). The CEO will then suddenly get reengaged in the company and start rapidly changing things, usually for the worse. The fact is the CEO only understands the Sales Dept. Sales gets all the money, all the technology, everything they need. Research is saddled with 2006 era computers, that get in the way of us doing our jobs. IT is regarded the lowest at the organization. The pay is also not very good for the area, and there is very little chance to improve that. Probably the worst part is the absolute complacency of the employees. The pay really isn't good, the benefits are alright, management constantly lies about promotions. This is more damning because we are informed monthly about how the company is rapidly growing, and making more money. Most employees don't seem to mind, and management takes advantage of that.2
- 4.0May 15, 2015Research InternFormer Intern, less than 1 yearNorth Bethesda, MD
I was hired as a Research intern shortly after I graduated from college. I didn't have much work experience to break into the field I ultimately wanted to work in. I accepted a position as a Research intern and while the degree of difficulty required of the role was not necessarily demanding, the people I worked with were great and the job was really what you made of it. The company provides its employees with a lot of free lunches, at least twice a month. They brought in an omelet guy one month which was a nice change up. They recently added a snack kitchen that is constantly refurbished. You will never go hungry at this place. The role is performance based and while you are guaranteed a $10/hour wage, as I said earlier the degree of difficulty for the work is not that high and you can easily hit $15 an hour without breaking a sweat. Overall I enjoyed the experience and it served as a stepping stone for the next stop in my career path.
- The work can be a little repetitive - The sales team has this alarm set for whenever they make a sale. I felt as though I had to restrain myself from tearing it off the ceiling, it went off so much. - Opportunity for advancement from an intern position is limited, but two interns were promoted to full-time positions when I was there. - A little cramped for space when everyone is there in the office, but most of the time it's not that bad. Rumors have it that the company purchased the office next door and is planning to expand so maybe this will open up new opportunities.
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