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Comment author: itty 26 March 2018 06:10:11PM 9 points [-]

What are things that previous Research Analysts have struggled with at Open Phil? What are reasons others have found it not to be a good fit?

Comment author: HoldenKarnofsky 26 March 2018 06:37:07PM 5 points [-]

A few things that come to mind:

  1. The work is challenging, and not everyone is able to perform at a high enough level to see the career progression they want.

  2. The culture tends toward direct communication. People are expected to be open with criticism, both of people they manage and of people who manage them. This can be uncomfortable for some people (though we try hard to create a supportive and constructive context).

  3. The work is often solitary, consisting of reading/writing/analysis and one-on-one checkins rather than large-group collaboration. It's possible that this will change for some roles in the future (e.g. it's possible that we'll want more large-group collaboration as our cause prioritization team grows), but we're not sure of that.