Elder Research was founded with three specific goals: to make a difference in the world through the wise application of advanced analytics, to create a healthy and invigorating work environment, to help team members have a great life, and serve others outside of work.
We achieve our first goal by consistently providing world-class data analytics solutions to our clients. As for our other goals, we strive to attract individuals with excellent character and technical skills who seek to lead by serving—who put clients and colleagues ahead of themselves. Such “humility with skills” is vital to effective teamwork and the honest assessment of alternative approaches in a fast-paced research implementation environment.
Individuals who seek to serve others tend to be very involved in outside charity and community work. By prioritizing a healthy work-life balance—with very reasonable hours, solid pay, low travel, and extremely flexible time off—Elder Research enables and encourages its employees to serve others.
In fact, one season, so many employees took weeks off to do meaningful missions work in impoverished communities, senior leadership was inspired to pitch in by creating a category of leave called “Missions and Mercy,” which partially reimburses time taken off for charity work.
In addition to supporting local organizations, including sports teams, fire rescue squads, Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Wounded Warriors, and Habitat for Humanity, we have helped with regular foreign missions and mercy trips to Haiti, Iraq, Ethiopia, Turkey, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Perhaps most memorably, virtually the entire Arlington office shaved their heads in 2015 to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to benefit children’s cancer research.
This commitment to running a values-oriented business plays out every day in the value we provide our clients: we know that no other company works as collaboratively and as customer-focused as we do, and we’re proud of that.