American Institutes for Research
2.8 of 5 89 reviews
www.air.org Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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2.8 89 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers

David Myers

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good colleagues, poor work-life balance

    Researcher (Current Employee)

    ProsCo-workers are generally committed and helpful

    ConsPoor work-life balance, limited opportunities for promotion

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through on commitments to staff rather than just paying lip-service to concerns.

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    Friendly place with flexible hours

    Systems Support (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI work in a fairly laid back atmosphere. Staff members are willing to help when you have problems. Flexible hours.

    ConsNot many future development space. Work can be challenging every now and then, but most of the time it feels flat and repetitive. For someone like me who likes the job to be a little challenging and interesting, it feels plain most of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company, Bad Planning

    Communication Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsEntry level staff received offices, great company events, friendly senior management.

    ConsBad planning on the company budget wise. No company should hire employees if they are not certain about the work they're going to win. This always end badly and someone who is new to the work world shouldn't have to experience being laid off without any notice. Wasn't a good feeling at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse better planning when hiring new staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK place to work

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly collaborative work culture, flexible hours, casual dress code, low stress if you're active about managing your work but can be high stress if you aren't.

    ConsLack of career growth opportunities

    Relatively low pay compared to similar positions in same industry

    Requests by higher level staff to do admin work outside of normal project functions

    Occasionally disorganized leadership due to how projects are structured (you have multiple bosses who each have multiple bosses), and the company's policy of underfunding projects in an effort to underbid competitors (which leads to staff working a lot of unpaid overtime and conflicting messages about how to allocate your time).

    The expectation is that new hires will leave in 2 years so there isn't much effort made into retaining lower level staff. A promotion does not lead to much higher pay at lower levels, seems to be based mostly on time served, and without a graduate degree there is nowhere to grow after you obtain it. The lack of incentives to work hard leads to low motivation/morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company needs to pay it's employees more if it wants less turnover.

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    Could be better, could be worse

    Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSome leaders are very passionate about their work.
    Many of my colleagues are very smart.
    AIR has a diverse range of projects that can provide some variety and interesting work.
    Great benefits.
    Flexibility is great. The most important focus is getting the work done, but you can shape your schedule within reason.
    AIR's HQ is located near the Georgetown waterfront. This is a great area for lunch breaks, especially when the weather is nice.

    ConsWork-life balance is not great, especially for those of us who are willing to work hard. A lot of hours are donated to business development.
    Hit or miss project management can be frustrating.
    While the pay is fair, it is not great.
    It's very difficult to get promoted.
    Very little racial diversity in senior positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in employees at all levels, especially junior levels.
    Train project directors and leaders. It's not enough to be subject matter experts.
    Senior managers need to get in touch with what is happening on lower levels.
    Improve career paths for hard working people who want to move up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some amazing people. Some great work. Lots of mediocrity. High variability from program to program.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome passionate people doing meaningful work. Good intentions. Friendly, accommodating. Flexibility and autonomy.

    ConsPassive leadership, little investment outside education work. Academics in leadership roles with the wrong skill sets. Slow advancement. Mediocrity tolerated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great collegues but culture needs work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery smart and talented people work here, great opportunities to work with brilliant minds and move forward important work

    Consthe culture doesn't support a healthy work-life balance

    Advice to Senior Managementlead by example with work-life balance, manage projects better to allow people to do their best work and balance a healthy work-life to continue to get the best work from your people.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIntelligent colleagues with intense work ethic, diverse organization, fast paced.

    ConsAssessment division has extremely weak leadership, limited resources to complete projects in development, poor communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople tend to quit people, not organizations. People in leadership roles would benefit from learning about effective leadership qualities and communication styles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay Starter Job

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood place for young people, some good perks (free food, fun events, good coworkers)

    ConsLow pay, experiences depends heavily on staff managers and bosses

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    A good first job but kind of boring.

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsFor a first "real" job, I felt I had great pay and benefits and some substantial work. I was glad to be working a full-time job when so many friends could only find internships. My manager got me on a lot of different project tasks and was certainly interested in my professional development.

    ConsThe day-to-day job functions can be pretty boring: entering survey data, filling out spreadsheets, etc. In general, I rarely felt intellectually challenged by my work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntroduce research assistants to project design early on so they have a better idea of how their work contributes to the bigger picture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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