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MDRC Reviews

Updated 9 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work-life balance (for non-exempt staff at least)" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Very smart people who are thoughtful and have nuanced understanding of the systems we're operating within" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance could be better; work pace not steady - periods of high and low intensity" (in 4 reviews)

  • "A little top-heavy (lots of senior people, not so many junior staff)" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant (generalist)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Co-workers are even better. Can't believe how great my boss is & how welcoming my team-members are. Fortunate to have found a place where I get to work on something I feel passionate about while working in such a great environment.

    Cons

    Depending on who you work with, somewhat hierarchical. I don't experience that myself but have witnessed it with other teams & have heard from other people that my boss is the best about that kind of issue.


  2. "Library Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    MDRC is a great organization dedicated to evidence based research to help the social policy populations they work with. The company just moved to a great new office with a view. They have a congenial work environment with friendly, dedicated staff that support each other.

    Cons

    The new office location is in an expensive area and there are less cheap food options around.

  3. "Technical Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and interesting work and opportunity to learn many skills.

    Cons

    The salaries are low because it is a nonprofit.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC part-time

    Pros

    Super smart staff, lovely people, friendly, Democratic, great mission

    Cons

    Coddle their junior staff too much


  5. "Good for 2 years as a starting point, unless you have a PhD. Otherwise, more or less, you will be stuck in a career rut"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many smart people. Good training in SAS programming.

    Cons

    Elitist, stressful work environment that is also ridden with drama. Poor work-life balance. Horrible pay, long hours (constantly working on 3-5 different projects). Non-Associates (non PhD's)are treated poorly, although favoritism prevails for certain employees. Horrible promotion and learning opportunities (after initial training). At least a third of the work week is spent in meetings, where people talk in circles about the same.

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul of management strategy. Provide actual training in management to managers, as company is mismanaged from top to bottom. Having a master's or a PhD does not a manager make. Employees have to report on a weekly basis to 5 people, in the least, about their weekly tasks/progress.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Projects are run by interdisciplinary teams who are committed to the work at hand and incredibly smart. I was able to develop a whole suite of transferable skills while building close relationships with supervisors and project directors. The quality and feel of the job will be project dependent: some are fascinating, cutting-edge projects, while others are more traditional (reform tweaks) that might not be so interesting.

    Cons

    It has an amazing reputation, but don't expect to get much outward facing credit for the work as an entry-level staff member. You'll be internally valued. They are sought out because they conduct "objective" research grounded in sound methodology and aimed at generalizable result. If you are more advocacy minded, this might not be the best fit.


  7. "Horrible work ethic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Clean
    Great CEO
    Pretty building

    Cons

    Certain employees aren’t around to help
    Take forever to help with computer issues
    Fake environment of people who pretend to care.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful of how to let someone go because you don’t know what situation they are in.

  8. "Technical Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn programming skills and experimental design.

    Cons

    Slow pace of work, slow advancement, can be boring.


  9. "Working at MDRC"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Oakland, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working at MDRC. The staff are so kind and there is just a great energy in the office. Everyone works hard, but the office makes it a point to make it fun when possible.

    Cons

    I haven't seen a downside to MDRC, which is wonderful.


  10. "Equal opportunity, culture and diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MDRC full-time

    Pros

    MDRC is very unbiased and gives equal opportunity.
    Very welcoming.

    Cons

    Workload can be high at times.


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