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Updated June 18, 2018
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Sarah Rosen Wartell
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  • "Lots of interesting work, dynamic and fluid team" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Smart people - everyone gets their own office - easy to get the tools you need to do your job" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong reputation
    - friendly environment
    - a lot to learn for juniors
    - diversity and inclusion
    - great benefits

    Cons

    - high turn over especially for junior staff

    Advice to Management

    - Keep on the current progress in innovation and strategic collaboration


  2. "Policy Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    During my time at Urban, I was able to gain an incredible amount of knowledge rapidly. The organization is also placing emphasis on creating clear paths for career advancement.

    Cons

    You will report to multiple people for multiple projects due to the grant based nature of work. The quality of those to who you report to can vary greatly.

    Advice to Management

    The business model needs to be changed. Grant based work with strict charging requirements is especially detrimental to office moral as there is no flexibility for team building. Sarah has reinvigorated the organization, and their communications work is incredible!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good stop on the way to grad school"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Urban Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone there is very passionate about what they do. Great reputation and ample opportunity to build an impressive resume before leaving for graduate school (for junior staff).

    Cons

    Among junior staff, very low morale. Experience can vary considerably depending on who you work with. Little to no management training, good management is not valued. Experience also varies significantly by center, some leaders are more capable than others. Generally, very poor feedback mechanisms, and limited growth opportunity for junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Management training for senior staff and more rigorous feedback and review processes for all staff.


  4. "Urban"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    The Urban Institute has a great working culture. I really enjoy working with the people on my team and others around the institute everyday.

    Cons

    The compensation is less than what I would like. I would also like more learning/training opportunities.


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people and mission, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Each center is managed differently, some better than others


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great experience on a range of policy areas

    Cons

    Limited career growth and support for professional development


  7. "Communications Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    --interesting work
    --flexible hours and work schedule
    --generally liberal minded people who are dedicated to their work

    Cons

    --lack of growth opportunity
    --pay could be better
    --lack of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the micromanaging

  8. "Great first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can make it whatever you want it to be. Red tape should be no surprise, but overall supportive

    Cons

    Red tape is always going to be an issue!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    Important research with passionate researchers; excellent research methods

    Cons

    Lack of adequate project management within centers


  10. "Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and great health benefits. Offers good professional development and education assistance.

    Cons

    Not clear upward mobility for business operations staff and often underappreciated in comparison to researchers. As of right now, the institute is not salary competitive.


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