Nice professional job culture - perks such as a swimming pool, cafeteria, courtyard, etc.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – March 30, 2014
A typical day at work was lots of paperwork, reviewing surveys, editing them, training coders, training interviewers, coding data, crunching numbers (data)
I learned about survey research, coding, etc.
Management was pretty good, stable work environment, professional staff. You will be treated pretty nicely, like a professional. Not much turnover.
HR was a bit nasty - at one point they threatened to not allow me to take off for the Jewish holidays (!)
However, management quickly assured me that, regardless of HR, Jewish employees were excused from work on those days - this was widely understood by managers, and no one made a big deal about it. (except HR - who managers ignored on this issue!) Pretty cool in the end...
Coworkers were nice enough. Some were sort of...middle of the road sorts of people. Not all were intellectual per se (as you might expect at a research firm). Some were...kind of boring! But civil enough.
The hardest part of the job was that long hours were required at times. Working overtime (no overtime pay), working some evenings, even a long night or two to meet a deadline was necessary and expected on occasion.
The most enjoyable part of the job I would say was the civilized work environment. A rarity these days...
Civilized work environment, generally smart coworkers, nice perks - swimming pool on the grounds, cafeteria, etc.
Long work hours at times (evenings). Work could be monotonous and tedious/boring at times.