Intellectual/Personal Freedom; Management Disorder
Behavioral & Social Scientist, Full (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – July 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.
Freedom, Intellectually Challenging
Sink or Swim, No Real Management