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Updated 27 Jun 2019

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3.8
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RAND CEO Michael Rich
Michael Rich
97 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very pleasant work environment, passionate and brilliant people, incredibly flexible work life(in 21 reviews)

  • "Excellent people, interesting work, allows you to diversify your portfolio(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "You have to find your own work (RAND's "internal labor market")(in 12 reviews)

  • "Internal labor market is stressful; you need to be fully covered at all times, which can be difficult if you work on the domestic side(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing experience"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great topics to work on, fantastic and motivated colleagues, intellectual stimulation and challenges, constant learning and growth opportunities. vibrant culture in my office. Very strong public good mission and feeling that your work makes a difference.

    Cons

    Long hours because of gripping topics and always juggling priorities on different projects. You make your own path and have to find your own opportunities, which can be daunting for some and exhilarating for others.

    RAND2014-10-30
  2. "Stimulating but exhausting"

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      Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, East of England, England

      I have been working at RAND full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Stimulating and interesting projects, high calibre work colleagues who care about the high impact work they are doing

      Cons

      There are some teething problem with management structures that may or may not get better with time. No time to enjoy the stimulation of interesting project work as you have to constantly move onto other tasks

      RAND2019-03-31
    • Helpful (1)

      "Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Very friendly atmosphere, smart and caring colleagues, exciting and diverse projects across different teams. There is a steep learning curve after you start.

      Cons

      There is a disconnect between the amount of money you will bring to the company and how much you actually get, and also between your contribution to the team or the company and your career development.

      Advice to Management

      People are the first and only asset that the organisation has - keeping low turnover rates should be the main priority.

      RAND2019-03-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "Interesting"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at RAND full-time

      Pros

      Interesting work Lots of opportunities to learn and develop Nice people

      Cons

      Expected to work very long hours Felt exploitative of junior staff Operates like a consultancy but with low pay

      Advice to Management

      Value junior staff more

      RAND2019-01-26
    • "Great people"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I have been working at RAND full-time

        Pros

        very smart people, tons of flexibility

        Cons

        finding work can take tremendous amounts of time, stress

        RAND2018-11-27
      • "Pro"

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        Former Employee - Manager in London, England
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook

        I worked at RAND full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        God tea with lots of sugar

        Cons

        Bad coffee with basically no sugar

        Advice to Management

        None

        RAND2018-01-29
      • Helpful (1)

        "Economist"

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        Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Cambridge, East of England, England
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at RAND for more than a year

        Pros

        Good work atmosphere. Interesting work.

        Cons

        Job stress, often too many projects at the same time

        RAND2016-10-04
      • "RE"

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        Current Employee - Research Associate 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook

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

        Pros

        Great place to work, very clever people.

        Cons

        Long hours and occasional travel

        RAND2016-02-02
      • "Exacting Work Environment"

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        Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at RAND full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Lovely people, incredible benefits, great location.

        Cons

        Steep learning curve, you must be a machine 8 hours each day.

        RAND2019-06-28
      • "Feels like family"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        I have been working at RAND full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Great community of brilliant people.

        Cons

        It is difficult to move within the organization.

        RAND2019-05-28
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