Contracts and Grants (Current Employee) – Santa Monica, CA – August 27, 2015
There is no typical day at RAND. It's a world class organization with world class researchers. People work hard, juggle many tasks and clients, which require a high degree of collaboration across departments.
TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT (Former Employee) – Santa Monica, CA – June 10, 2015
Worked there as a temp for a month. Never felt comfortable in the role, and often felt like I was being watched from the time I arrived to when I left.
I learned that people can be filled with a lot of egos in a think tank such as RAND. The hardest part of the job was the constant hovering over the supervisor did while I was there. When the assignment ended no one wanted to just say that I would not be continuing the assignment, yet when escorted out of the building every one pretended that they were interested in me personally.
Surprisingly, their computer system was wonky too lots of working around the "systems" and lots of disorganized rushed behaviour.
This place is for people that want to work at a higher level and can deal with silence throughout their day.
Contract & Grant Administrator (Former Employee) – Santa Monica – April 6, 2015
Worked for the company for a number of years and have to mention that it was an extremely high demanding place to work. Work life balance is non existent, more and more is expected and there are constant changes in the way work is done. Lots of people in charge to answer too and no one to provide helpful information to get the job done.
great compensation and benefits
not consistent in procedures and overworked employees
Research Analyst (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – November 4, 2014
Being a part of a think tank in a research environment was a very different and welcoming experience. The diversity, depth, and variety of talent of the employees spread across the different divisions is astounding. RAND is an organization which values its culture and values, and it shows through and through.
great work life balance, very interesting work with great emphasis on values and culture
benefits are good but compensation is below average.
Admnistrative Assistant / Coordinator IV (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – February 12, 2014
I am fortunate to have worked with RAND Corporation; everyone of my co-workers and assigned researchers, as well as the administrative staff, was responsive, helpful and available whenever there was a need; communication between every department or unit was always available and, as a result, we were able to accomplish the task at hand.
flexible work hours; healthcare; vacation days; sick days; coverage during absences.
winter weather on the east cost; insufficient remuneration for mass transit.
A great place to work, well managed, California culture influenced
Sr. Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – May 27, 2012
Rand was a great place to work. I worked there as a temp. They have the best technology, best processes. Each admin works for a research team. They even have a meditation room. Based out of California there is a real concern for the overall well-being of the employee. They hire the cream of the crop, so if you are lucky enough to get in, congrats.
great work environment, excellent management and pay, room for growth