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Updated 6 Sep 2019

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Pros
  • "Decent work/life balance (I work between 40 and 45 hours a week, generally and have work from home twice a week to accommodate family needs)(in 24 reviews)

  • "flexible on work-life balance, brilliant colleagues, ever-changing and interesting work(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Absolutely fantastic place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Statistician in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mathematica has some of the kindest humans on earth. The work is rigorous, motivating, and fun. I learned so much there and miss the team very much.

    Cons

    No New York City office (yet?).

    Mathematica2019-09-06
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Rating Mathematica a 2.5: there are pros, but they're increasingly hard to see"

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

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

    Pros

    The quality assurance principles at Mathematica are fantastic and set the company apart from its peers. You will feel confident in the products you deliver to clients because they are thoroughly vetted—not all companies can say the same. If you have a question or need to work through the best way to do a task, people are very open to talking with you and offering guidance. Mentorship and quality of projects varies... greatly by who you know. Some people are lucky enough to work with senior staff who take an interest in them, but it is not uncommon to hear people at the C level who have been trying to break into different project areas for years without much success. The company is also flexible and generous with their work from home policy. As far as the office culture, people are friendly. I didn’t feel Mathematica was particularly introverted.

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    Cons

    First, let me reiterate the critique from another recent review: “retention has become a major issue - good people are leaving the company at a steady pace due to the lack of any semblance of work-life balance and limited opportunities for growth. Corporate leadership is aware of the issues but they ascribe to the “burn out and replace” management philosophy.” This comment was true to my experience. People in the... international, health, and admin divisions (e.g., comms) are staffed well above 100% for months on end. Employees are expected to be available after they leave the office and on weekends to meet deadlines. The junior staff (B levels) do this work without appropriate compensation as they are encouraged by project directors to not report overtime worked. There is an idea that everyone at Mathematica is nice, and most are, but the energy of the office feels stressed out and antisocial due to everyone being stretched beyond their bandwidth. Almost no one takes a lunch break away from their desk. So good employees are leaving. They would rather have a work/life balance or at least be paid at market rate for their time and effort. Mathematica is a consulting company, but it doesn’t pay like one or recognize (and compensate) hours logged. Employees are only evaluated for promotions once per year and there is no meaningful bonus to speak of before the D level. Salaries are also not adjusted based on office location—this matters given our offices are in extremely expensive places. For C level staff and below, yearly raises are essentially the cost of inflation.

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    Advice to Management

    The management and CEO seem out of touch with the staff. They have yet to roll out many programs that were in the works 3 years ago. Focus on burn out and appropriate utilization rates for staff. Hire more people or bid on fewer projects. People can't produce high quality work with no time to do it. Also, pay your people what they deserve!

    Mathematica2019-08-15
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Overworked and Underappreciated"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great entry-level experience -Diverse set of projects -Professional environment

    Cons

    There's a lot of pressure to stay billable at Mathematica. Unforutently, a lot of projects have tight budgets, so you're expected to complete tasks or projects as efficiently as possible. However, project managers and project leaders don't consider the number of staffing hours that are allocated on a project when work is given. It's incredibly stressful because you're on the hook to make all your assignment project... teams happy. Additionally, there is little training and investment in junior staff. Junior staff members are at the mercy of their task leads or project leaders when it comes to performance reviews. Often, feedback is never given. When it is, it is usually an afterthought and highly critical and negative. It's an incredibly hierarchical organization where junior staff had little recourse. Lastly, HR is extremely rude and prone to yelling at employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Revamp your performance review process. Provide a rubric to ensure feedback is comprehensive and constructive. Provide more support to junior staff and create systems to train and retain them (both now and in the future). Ensure that projects have adequate funding to complete contracted work. Consider the culture created by understaffed projects with large statements of work and massive pressure on staff to stay on... budget in the context of limited resources.

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    Mathematica2019-09-02
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Chaotic nightmare with zero work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Researcher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mathematica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting colleagues - but you will never have time to speak with them because everyone is stretched so thin. Breadth of projects and content areas - although you have very little control over your staffing portfolio. Benefits are average for the regional offices - but you will never have the opportunity to take PTO. Flexibility to work remotely - which is needed because morale is so low that no one shows up at... the offices anymore.

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    Cons

    Mathematica used to be a stalwart in public policy research and evaluation. Unfortunately, it has devolved into utter chaos with an organizational identity crisis. Mathematica wants to become a consulting firm but it does not offer staff any of the accompanying supports such as professional development opportunities, appropriate compensation, or a bonus structure. They are bidding on everything under the sun, even... when the corporate capabilities do not support the work and the proposals are criminally under-budgeted. Retention has become a major issue - good people are leaving the company at a steady pace due to the lack of any semblance of work-life balance and limited opportunities for growth. Corporate leadership is aware of the issues but they ascribe to the “burn out and replace” management philosophy. Seriously, come to Mathematica and you will work every evening, weekend, and on your vacation. Your project leaders will email and call you at five in the morning and eleven at night. Want to spend time with your family on Sundays? Dream on, you’ll be working. Billable hours are God here and profit is the only thing that matters. Sure, you can attempt to discuss your workload with your supervisor, but he or she will blame you for not setting boundaries or having the right expertise. As other reviewers mentioned, there is very little room for growth because the organization is so top-heavy. People get stuck in junior positions for years, even with advanced degrees, certifications, and years of experience. Save yourself the headache, and look elsewhere.

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    Mathematica2019-08-07
  5. "A good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Researcher I in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people; flexible hours and work location; mission driven work

    Cons

    Teams are spread out in multiple locations

    Advice to Management

    N-A.

    Mathematica2019-07-22
  6. Helpful (3)

    "No growth"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free bagels on fridays and ability to create your own schedule.

    Cons

    No room for growth within your job or salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and have a handful of employees because people quit a lot here due to the fact there is no salary advancement or growth opportunities for people who enjoy what they do. They are taking advantage of the job market and college graduates paying 10.00 an hour for work that seems more than that.

    Mathematica2019-07-24
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good company to work at, but could be great. 3.5 stars."

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart and friendly colleagues; really high standard of work quality; interesting projects (most of the time); convenient office location with access to public transit; acceptable salary for the city I worked in; growth potential for certain roles is certainly possible; employee-owned; solid infrastructure for accounting/IT/administration/formatting experts that made it easy to just focus on the research in a... research role; awesome flexibility about WFH that made it easy to do so around doctor's appointments or to lengthen a business trip (this was a top benefit and I really appreciated it - it really demonstrated trust in employees and effective monitoring of performance rather than monitoring employee butt-in-seat time); offices for most employees instead of cubes/open floor plan (also an awesome benefit that made it 1000x easier to focus); good onboarding process for new employees.

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    Cons

    Cons: Absurdly long and unnecessarily bureaucratic hiring process (literally months long and with well over a dozen people - at some point there were diminishing returns); salaries are not adjusted based on office location, leading to laughable salaries in high-COL cities that are well below competitors; combined PTO bank, which discourages people from staying home when they're sick because they don't want to lose... vacation time; failure to bring staff who left to obtain higher education back into the fold (despite claiming an interest in doing so); cost-cutting measures that were done on the sly and with no employee input; no paid maternity leave; have to bill hours and was (possibly illegally) discouraged from recording overtime when it was necessary for my job. At one point, I wanted to work there again and I still miss the high quality standards and some of the cultural aspects, like being WFH-friendly, but the benefits and salaries aren't where they should be and there was a disconnect between what Corporate said they promoted in terms of employee growth and wellness and what they actually did. If I were in power, I'd streamline hiring to obtain top talent, add a paid maternity leave policy, bump up salaries to be competitive, find better ways to solicit and utilize employee input, and focus on developing junior staff to be high performers for the long-term.

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    Mathematica2019-07-18
  8. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Survey Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respectful colleagues Consistent project work/ great job security At the forefront of policy research in the country

    Cons

    Top-heavy management, not much opportunity for junior level staff but I think they're working on it Need more survey innovation

    Mathematica2019-06-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good, positive environment for professional development"

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    Current Employee - Research Programmer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mathematica full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very conducive to learning new skills/ carving your own work out

    Cons

    Low pay, very introverted culture

    Mathematica2019-06-17
  10. "Great Colleagues, Meaningful Work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Programmer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, kind colleagues who are passionate about their work, healthy work/life balance, opportunities for growth and advancement

    Cons

    Can be disorganized, didn't get assigned to any projects until months after I'd been hired, the culture feels a bit dated

    Mathematica2019-05-19
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