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Updated January 15, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate II"

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    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

  3. "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


  4. "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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. "Assistant"

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    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.


  7. "Urban is a great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Urban Institute full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very supportive and cooperative at Urban

    Cons

    The technology and softwares they use is pretty outdated compared to the industry

  8. "Good place to work overall, a few project management qualms"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment for junior staff. Opportunities to write and be published. Flexible 80 hour/two week pay period schedule. Ability to work on a variety of interesting topics.

    Cons

    Working simultaneously on half a dozen projects at most times, which can make it difficult to focus fully on any one at a given time. Billable hour structure is a pain to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Could be beneficial to have staff assigned to fewer projects, but with faster turnarounds -- this would allow people to more fully throw themselves into each subject while still producing the same quantity of work.


  9. "Great Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    I learned a great deal about criminal justice. My bosses were supportive and generous with their time. The office was a fun place to be.

    Cons

    Very hard and sedentary work.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great company but has limits"

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

    Pros

    Urban has been an amazing place for my career to lead large projects with both senior leadership and key external partners. Both my boss and team are incredibly supportive and I feel my ideas are always on the table, even with our executives. Unfortunately, the career ladders are somewhat undefined (although the company is working on this) but there is no real career progression unless you create a new role for yourself or your boss leaves.

    Cons

    No clear career progression

    Advice to Management

    Pay your female employees the same as their male counterparts. We do research on income disparity, and shouldn't be a place that arbors it.


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