American Institutes for Research

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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
107 Reviews
2.9
107 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. 1 person 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great day to day, problematic supervisor interactions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than an 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
  3.  

    Rewarding Experience

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

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Great perks and people, young coworkers, uninteresting work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Development in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Test Development in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern (less than an 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Full-time employee for quite some time now

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great entry level position - good range of experience in tasks and work with a good variety of people and clients.

    The dress code is professional but relaxed for the most part. You have opportunities to work closely with teams of people that vary in experience. You are given the amount of work you can handle and then some, so time management is really important. But if you are on top of your work and take on additional work, it is often recognized. Staff is offered good facilities and enough food and drink to keep them happy. In my program, the kinds of work I do is varied, so I feel as though I am learning valuable research skills and working with clients that give me a broader sense of the field.

    Cons

    People complain of low salary raises, which for the most part is true. Salary adjustments should take into consideration cost of living in the various offices. While people will tell you it's really up to you to advocate as to why you deserve a decent raise, sometimes it really comes down to luck and politics. People who are severely overworked can receive measly 1-2% raises, while others miraculously receive the rare higher raises.

    Turnover is ridiculously high at almost every level. It seems every month, there are a handful of staff that leave the company. There are very apparent glass ceilings. While some upper management denies it, junior level staff are essentially replaceable as they expect you to leave for new opportunities or additional schooling (same goes for staff who don't have PhDs). Some departments have notoriously abusive senior staff (mental and verbal), and others that make sure you know that your role as junior staff is merely to assist them. While everyone knows this to be the case, it is not beneficial for morale - especially considering that frustration is often taken out on those who serve as the bulk of your research support. This being said, it really depends on your manager and the team of people you work with regularly.

    Additionally, there seems to be disconnect and divide between HR and the various programs - which makes the hiring process disorganized and inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don't give lip service, especially upper level management. Turnover is insane...if the company cared about keeping qualified, established staff, they should be considering ways to fix this rampant issue. So far, I've seen no change and only more and more people leaving to work for our competitors. If you want to invest in the company's growth (and reputation - hello, Glassdoor?) through sustaining experienced and valued staff, let this be known and reflect this in appropriate and competitive benefits and salaries at all levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scorer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scorer in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Scorer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and very nice management. Low stress even though the work is intellectually challenging, sometimes even fun and usually interesting. Very relaxed dress code. Great job that most people love returning to year after year.

    Cons

    Work is project based so the schedule isn't steady and sometimes sent home early. Pay isn't great unless you are able to work up to being a trainer (item manager).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for an early experience in research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    Understanding senior management, decent work life balance, and reasonable pay for positions with little to no experience required for a recent college graduate.

    Cons

    I didn't find there to be any particular challenges working for AIR. Sometimes the bureaucracy and red tape can be a bit aggravating to deal with, but outside of that it is an excellent work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly invironment

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

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

    Pros

    working environment is great. People and great to work with

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say about the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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