MDRC Reviews

Updated 26 Apr 2021

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3.5
54%
Recommend to a Friend
58%
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MDRC President  Virginia Knox
Virginia Knox
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very smart people who are thoughtful and have nuanced understanding of the systems we're operating within(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great work-life balance (for non-exempt staff at least)(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is not a priority here and senior staff do not do a great job at modeling this(in 6 reviews)

  • "Coddle their junior staff too much(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work - little room for growth"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Great colleague and work environment. Team players and great to be a part of a good mission. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little transparency from HR about the promotion process, and little room for growth within the company.

  2. "Thoughtful, caring, smart coworkers and important mission"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers; good work-life balance; collaborative over competitive; good mix of research and practice; many supportive senior staff to learn from and with; commitment to improving organization; great benefits

    Cons

    Progress with RCTs and government partners/funders can be very slow and bureaucratic; still working on some inefficient practices, like ineffectual meetings;

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, but poor opportunities for promotions and growth as junior staff"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are generally wonderful to work with and are smart, mission-oriented, and driven. The New York office was a nice working environment in a good location. The projects are interesting and can offer travel opportunities.

    Cons

    It is very hard for junior staff to get promoted or be rewarded for their work. There is no transparency around how EOY performance evaluations are used for promotions and bonuses and senior management seem unwilling to consider promotions unless the employee has met certain time requirements, no matter how good the employee may be. It is also a very top-down organization, so unless you are a junior staffer willing to fight for more responsibility on projects, you may be stuck working on the boring administrative tasks indefinitely. Your experience is largely influenced by who you get as your supervisor.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Beware: Junior Staff Not Valued, Supported, or Respected"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of passionate people at MDRC trying to make opportunities interesting work and make the culture better, even if change is very slow.

    Cons

    For research assistants and other junior staff, the experience is typically very stressful and patronizing. Research assistants are expected to "manage up" to senior staff which means that the pressures and responsibilities fall on the most junior people. Senior-level work is often off-loaded to assistants without the support to resources to help them to succeed or the recognition that they are working above their pay grade. The workplace culture is one of of toxic academia where only the voices of people in power with research accolades are heard.

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  5. "Very white culture"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Researcher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Folks here are mission-driven and kind. I had a positive experience with my manager. Nice benefits package.

    Cons

    Very high turnover, especially for junior staff/staff of color. Unclear standards for promotion, little room for growth (again, especially for junior staff/staff of color). Lots of diversity "lunch forums" but little actual training to address micro-aggressions, of which I personally experienced many. I don't know if I could wholeheartedly recommend the RA position to young people of color in my network.

  6. "Salary"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    People are passionate and smart

    Cons

    Long hours and hierarchical structure.

  7. "Good work environment"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MDRC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I got to work around smart people who listened to my thoughts and ideas

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about working here

  8. "Foundational experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Assistant II in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at MDRC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flat culture where every team members voice is valued

    Cons

    One size fits all approach toward professional development

  9. "Great job. Intensity varies."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, smart coworkers, managers are generally understanding, nice and flexible.

    Cons

    Slow periods and very intense periods, no real way to predict. Can be easy for research assistants to get stuck doing more boring administrative work for indefinite periods, but it is possible to advocate for yourself and request other types of work.

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  10. "Great staff and strong research portfolio"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate I in New York, NY

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Collegial, strong research standards, caring, appreciates independence

    Cons

    Constant focus on RCTs, can be stressful

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