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Great place to work, tough place to advance
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAApril 7, 2019
RAND lets you develop skills, work at your own pace on what you want to pursue, the employees are great and culture is great. Lots of chances to take on new challenges and advance, but not advance career wise. There is a clear separation between support staff and researchers. If you come here, expect to leave to go back to school or get a PhD, do not expect to be well positioned otherwise.
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5.0
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Part-time work
Adjunct Staff Advisor (Current Employee) –  Colorado Springs, COFebruary 11, 2019
I worked part time on a specific project. It allowed me to be flexible and focus on my specific area of expertise. Smart folks here and they really value expert inputs.
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Not a good place to work
Billing Specialist (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAJanuary 14, 2019
The workplace culture was horrible. Management was abusive and not supportive. The typical day would be management assigning more work that one could possible complete in a day. There was nothing enjoyable.
Pros
None
Cons
Abusive management. Bad corporate culture.
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5.0
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Independent Work
Research Consultant (Current Employee) –  VariedJanuary 11, 2019
Great company-Mission focused. RASND provides a multitude of services for it's clientele and is a leader in the industry. Working with RAND provides a great opportunity to both learn and contribute!
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Consultant (Former Employee) –  RemoteDecember 17, 2018
N/A I worked as a contractor, cannot comment in too much depth. I enjoyed my time working with everyone. Seems like a good company. I would recommend it.
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5.0
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very diverse place to work
Research Support Management (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJuly 30, 2018
this is a great place to work, very supportive and motivational. no matter your work style, they have programs in place to see you succeed and provide the tools to do so. they also have cool and fun things to keep everyones moral up and to help everyone get to know eachother.
Pros
family oriented, fun, enjoyable to work
Cons
deadlines. lol
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Intellectual/Personal Freedom; Management Disorder
Behavioral & Social Scientist, Full (Current Employee) –  Arlington, VAJuly 13, 2018
Researchers have complete freedom at RAND to find interesting work: either through internal labor market for existing projects, or entrepreneurially through your own sponsor contacts/grants. It's a kind of sink or swim freedom, and acts as a screener: if you can't find work, eventually you will be out the door.

Complete freedom day to day, with very little management structure. Work from home of the office, take time off as needed or work until midnight--it's about getting the work done. But that also means a lack of coordination across the enterprise, or within the research units (Army, Air Force, Health, Office of OSD, Homeland Security, etc). You build a network locally with folks you get to know, and then informally coordinate activities, share off leading, etc., but beyond your 10-20 person ego net, there's no structure or coordination.

Within that, you get to do incredibly varied, stimulating, compelling work on a range of problems. Most of us work way more than 40 hours a week, but it's incredibly rewarding and fascinating work, and that extra effort is voluntary.
Pros
Freedom, Intellectually Challenging
Cons
Sink or Swim, No Real Management
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Not the ideal place, if you don't have an advanced degree
Operations Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Arlington, VAJune 18, 2018
Job titles don't match job descriptions. If you don't have an MA, MS, or PhD, you're nothing and treated as a nobody. Management is awful and doesn'tt value junior or mid-level staff.The salary that RAND offers, is insulting. Benefits are good.
Pros
Benefits and laid back culture
Cons
salary, management
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Collegial and collaborative environment
Summer Associate (Former Employee) –  Arlington, VAJune 6, 2018
Smart people and great culture -- organizational structure can be intimidating to some. Everyone seems to be passionate about the work they are doing, friendly, and helpful
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not good company to work for
Accounting Specialist, III (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMay 18, 2018
Rand Corporation, not fullfil what they say in the interview. There is a lot of turn off from employees. they don't like that employees have their own opinion.
They have their own way to do business, Employees can't speak freely their opinions to better any process
Pros
almost nothing
Cons
employees cant suggested anything
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Good Solid Place of Employment
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAApril 27, 2018
Although there wasn't much room for advancement outside the researchers, it was still a good opportunity. I learned so much about data analysis through the continuous improvement culture. It has given me a competitive edge in future jobs ever since.
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Data Collector
Data Collector (Short-Term Contract) (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMarch 22, 2018
Helped to facilitate short-term research study related to Diabetes and recreational habits. We explored various neighborhoods and diverse communities to document the recreational environments (ex. parks, playgrounds,etc.)
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Challenging and satisfying professional experience.
Operations Research Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CA (15 yrs); Pittsburgh, PA (10 yrs)March 20, 2018
Prestigious non-profit providing wide ranging opportunities for research and ability to influence public policy. Excellent opportunity to work with a broad range of professional policy researchers and experience a group-think methodology to develop robust solutions to real problems.

The organizational structure is matrix-based and permits individuals to seek out new and interesting work across multiple Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

I worked in the Santa Monica, CA headquarters for 15 years and relocated to the Pittsburgh, PA office for the last 10 yrs, travelling frequently to the Arlington, VA office for coordination and briefings in the Pentagon.

The workplace culture varies from office to office, but is generally relaxed and cordial among co-workers. For example, the dress code varied from shorts, T-shirts, and sandals in the Santa Monica office to jeans or slacks with varying shirts unless meeting with outside visitors. This varied somewhat with the Arlington, VA office where staff was more likely to interact with visitors and meetings were more frequently scheduled in areas around the National Capital Region.

The hardest part of the job is managing your workload on a daily basis and maintaining a comfortable work-life balance over extended periods of time.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when interacting with peers from other organizations and agencies and sharing differing opinions and methodologies as a matter of course in the development of robust solutions.
Pros
Professionally challenging and satisfying work.
Cons
Pay is what should be expected from a non-profit.
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I absolutely LOVE this place!
Research Field Interviewer (Current Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMarch 20, 2018
It is such an exciting place to work. it's an honor to work with such intelligent people and we all work together as a team on our project! I can't say enough good things about this great corporation and the amazing people I work with!
Pros
fun, exciting, educational, and I work with some REALLY smart people!
Cons
Our study will end in June. ; (
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Work for really smart people!
Administrative Assistant IV (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAFebruary 7, 2018
A challenging environment with an array of different, interesting tasks to perform. Multi-cultural environment with people from all over the world. Lots of opportunity to "show your stuff" and be appreciated for it.
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4.0
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Great Company
Facilities Specialist 11 (Former Employee) –  Arlington, VAJanuary 24, 2018
Overall a great company to work for! they have a awesome team set up and they all work together. They allow growth and are also understanding. I would definitely refer this company to a friend
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Great place to work at
Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CANovember 20, 2017
Great personnel, great work culture. Friendly environment.
Plenty of time-off time. Would recommend work Rand to people with no hesitation. Great location!
Pros
See the review
Cons
None
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Excellent organization. Intellectually stimulating.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/SECRETARY (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CANovember 1, 2017
Loved working at RAND, Santa Monica. They provided many opportunities to advance computer skills by offering classes to staff. There was plenty of opportunity to move around into different departments if so desired. Enjoyed being around researchers and educated people.
Pros
Stimulating intellectually. Opportunity for change and advancement.
Cons
Getting to the location because of traffic.
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great work/life balance
Security Ops center (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMay 24, 2017
Very typical routine job, didn't learn much in security aspect, management at the time was ok, but they were not supportive. Workplace culture was relaxed. The hardest part of the job was boredom and the traffic from the daily commute. The most enjoyable part of the job was the ease of the duties and responsibilities, (and the employee cafe!).
Pros
Great employees and cafe
Cons
no advancement and routine boredom..
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Immature Management
Management Systems Analyst (Current Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMarch 5, 2017
Retaliatory environment with discrimination, and unethical practices. Good for short-term exposure, but terrible for long-term career investment.
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