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Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
34 Reviews
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company gives lip-service to work/life balance and the mission is a good one (in 11 reviews)

  • I hear they have good benefits, but I just worked as an intern, so I didn't get them (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not great, especially for those of us who are willing to work hard (in 9 reviews)

  • Low salaries for entry level staff and raises minimal for those staff (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots of opportunities for interns

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research Associate Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Research Associate Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Had many professional development events. Interns are given 'real' work. Collegial atmosphere. Opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Quality of experience heavily determined by your supervisor. Can get slow at times. Not much interaction between members of the team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Project Coordinator Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    personal growth, doing work that really means something

    Cons

    work-life balance, lack of promotion from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Test Developer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    Driven employees, teamwork, supportive management, employee perks

    Cons

    Inconsistent practices, heavy workload at times, office is on 3 different floors. All other cons are common to any office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create documentation for best practices and make sure that it is reviewed and approved by all managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    great people, very flexible, great mission

    Cons

    doesn't pay as quite as good as a company in DC should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    update your market survey on salaries for the Metro DC area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    American Institutes of Research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    values your improvement and even pays some for college

    Cons

    low salary is frustrating, not open to new people, you need to network with people to get in. they don't read resumes that are sent by people who don't have any inside contact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salary is low, it should be more open to new people. they should read the resumes sent by applicants even though they don't know anyone inside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great day to day, problematic supervisor interactions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and environment. Good flexibility. Generous company supported outings and break room amenities. Dedicated green team. Bagel Wednesdays. Good location. Makes efforts to be more bike-friendly.

    Cons

    In facilities, micro-managing from supervisor combined with little to no feedback from supervisor when issues that required their input arose. Received backlash each time I went around or over supervisor from supervisor to resolve outstanding issues, sometimes months old, that could have been moved forward with a simple email response. Co-workers seemed aware of situation when I arrived and all counseled "keep your head down."

    When not dealing with outstanding issues of their backlash, was always told I was doing a good job, up to the point my contract was not renewed with no explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform reviews on middle management by seeking feedback from those under them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very skilled content teams, reasonable pay, flexibility

    Cons

    If upper management does not like you, you will see new hires promoted before you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer training and professional development as opposed to throwing employees into new tasks and then holding them accountable for what they do not know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great perks and people, young coworkers, uninteresting work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Test Development in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Test Development in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nurturing environment, great coworkers, company is interested in your feedback, great perks and team development events.

    Cons

    Little variety in the work, often difficult to get feedback on your work, company relies heavily on temp labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's important to not only ask for feedback from your employees, but also to give your employees feedback on their work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, very flexible, nice benefits

    Cons

    Some projects are better managed then others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people to be project directors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, flexible, not the best work/life balance/salary in the field.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of interesting work, great professional development, love the ability to work remotely and AIR's flexibility.

    Cons

    Salary could be higher, could be more room for advancement, everyone is over-worked, very dependent on if you have a good manager or not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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