American Institutes for Research
2.8 of 5 78 reviews
www.air.org Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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2.8 78 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers

David Myers

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Friendly invironment

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Washington, DC

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

Prosworking environment is great. People and great to work with

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very interesting hybrid of strong nonprofit mission with corporate structure

Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent benefits, flexible schedules and an understanding of work-life balance; strong dedication to mission - although you may be doing business-like work it is always focused on the desire to make good change in the world. My salary is excellent compared to traditional nonprofits (although it sounds like the entry-level positions less so). Have always had lots of opportunity for professional development. Enjoy working with professional, nice people across the org here and in other offices.

ConsSome of the programs are more difficult to work with than others. A lot of the negative reviews here sound like they are from people working in one particular program that has a reputation for not valuing its people, requiring long hours and having poor management. BUT, the other programs and the administrative units have some really good people, good management, and good opportunities for advancement. If you are interviewing here you just need to keep that in mind and try to get a feel for the personality and management style of the group you'd be working in.

Advice to Senior ManagementStrive for a more consistent experience for all employees - work harder to help staff under difficult managers and to make sure people are rewarded, recognized and promoted without cronyism or favoritism, even if you have to work around those difficult managers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work if you've got experience

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for less than a year

Pros-I know there are others who said that management was not supportive, but mine was very supportive.
-Great benefits
-Constant professional development

Cons-As with other nonprofits, the pay isn't so great
-Moving up in the company requires more education, like getting a Masters or PhD.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great work experience, low pay

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunities to learn valuable skills, lead tasks, and contribute to reports and proposals; friendly and supportive work environment; flexibility with hours and telecommuting arrangements; perks like free bagels on Wednesdays and annual holiday Gala

ConsIncreased responsibility does not lead to adequate promotions and raises-- As a research assistant, I spent a summer correcting incorrect data produced by someone who made 3-4x my salary. HR limits raises to a certain %, but when you start out as a research assistant making $35,000, it'd difficult to let those raises catch up to the level of work you're doing after a few years. Better to leave and come back with a PhD

Advice to Senior ManagementValue junior staff; pay them well for the work that they are doing; do away with leveled meetings that make 2s and 3s feel like they are inferior

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent non-profit organization in educational software and services

Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsFlexible working time
Small-sized office room with no more than three persons, giving a very good working privacy.
Free coffee, soda and orange juice give extra score of the working environment.

ConsPart of the work is related to research and therefore, sometimes yields to no practical results.
My manager is too busy to talk with me.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My experience working there was amazing.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsThe development team there is really talented and have lots of years of experience.

ConsThey tend to work more on modifying a previous made website instead of being more creative.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good company that invests in its own people (helps to have an advanced degree)

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

ProsGreat location, good pay and benefits for a non-profit, flexible schedules. They also value independent workers so in a lot of cases you don't really have a boss in the traditional sense.

ConsLimited room for advancement in a lot of cases. Not all positions at the company are like I described in the pros. Great company to work for if you have a PhD or Masters.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I enjoy working at AIR. There are many opportunities to move within the company.

Marketing Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsRelaxed work environment and high diversity

ConsLow salary, but to be expected working at a non-profit

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

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I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent benefits. A good place to grow and a good start for entry level employees fresh from college.

ConsCan be tough to move up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging work, great colleagues--but low pay"

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsAt AIR you get to work with talented, intelligent people with diverse expertise on a daily basis. You are constantly learning from others. Although it really varies depending on who your manager is, some managers are really great at providing opportunities for career development.

The work is intellectually stimulating and at times can be fun.

The benefits are decent and the flexible work day is a nice perk.

ConsSalaries for research assistants and research associates are too low. Most research associates have Master's degrees and pay ranges from 45,000 to 55,000. \

Many divisions have too much work for the number of people working. Some employees have been able to implement a work-life balance, but overall people do not have work-life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce perks like free bagel Wednesdays and free beverages and instead use the money save to recognize your most productive workers.

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