American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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Pros
  • This allows for a better work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Admirable mission and good benefits (in 9 reviews)

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  • the culture doesn't support a healthy work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • The salary for lower level staff: AIR hired me in at (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Tier II System/Net Support, Schools Assessment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tier II Systems/Net Support in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Tier II Systems/Net Support in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly professional manager, Tricia Sansevero, very respectful to her about 70 team members staying on top of enormous daily issues. Hierarchically organized work environment with 4 teams handling incidents reported from schools at 21 states. Very flexible in terms of allowing you to take few hours time off for your doctor visits, DMV, family emergencies, etc then compensate those hours later on a different shift. - Good pay rate - Spacious office - Various shifts - Very nice building in Reston - Well equipped kitchen with all kinds of coffee, tea, cola, etc.

    Cons

    This position is a temporary one and they lay off their team members during Summer or low work loads. I have decided to stay with this contract to end and not leaving it without completing the whole final schools exams but got rewarded eventually by being laid off!

    Advice to Management

    Consider keeping at least your strong team members as permanent employees for the hard working they have shown during the heavy work load season.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good for the Greener Folk!

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Good for people with little to no office/corporate experience 2) Casual environment

    Cons

    1) Glass ceiling -- very little room for growth without graduate degree 2) All the higher ups are male 3) Your reward for bending over backwards to get the job done is not getting fired... 4) Work is not evenly distributed among colleagues of the same stature and tenure 5) High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Promote more from within, despite degrees obtained, based on experience and quality of work


  3. Good benefits but terrible culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; opportunities for remote work; variety of work

    Cons

    Work does not match job description; work is boom or bust; complete lack of professional development or support; extensive turnover


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  5. Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with, lots of opportunities to get involved if you are aggressive about finding them, fun activities for staff to get together occasionally

    Cons

    Is very bureaucratic and top-down in management approach, lots of new initiatives and processes that change without warning or explanation, little input upward seems to be the norm

    Advice to Management

    Talk to staff


  6. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This place is a very diverse community.

    Cons

    A lot of people going in and out


  7. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at American Institutes for Research (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can use your background in analysis. It is located in DC if you like that. Many colleagues have advanced degrees.

    Cons

    Don't expect the most job security or the best work-life balance. You will rarely have the time you need to finish a project. Don't slow down to be thoughtful; on the contrary, hustle and compromise to move constantly forward and brush aside the stress of every present deadlines. It is not entirely clear how they will maintain your position after a project is completed, though they do what they can. The economic structure of the business has an impact on the workplace quality of life and managerial atmosphere. AIR is not a think tank; it is a so called Beltway Bandit, a private company that competes for contracts to maintain itself.

    Advice to Management

    Make the workplace atmosphere less of a meat grinder.


  8. Editor

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    Former Employee - Editor in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Editor in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people. Great organization and overall work environment.

    Cons

    The location in Georgetown can be a challenge to get to.

    Advice to Management

    Create more full-time positions.


  9. Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Support Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Statistical Support Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are wonderful and enjoyable. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Some positions are very over worked and under paid.


  10. Probably the worst company to work at...

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of diversity Good interaction with people. Decent benefits Pretty stable job

    Cons

    Where to begin.. You will never get a chance to grow. The management or your supervisor dont care about your work. CSSC dept is all about 4-5 people that theyre bother about. and they will get the bonuses and raises and the rest of them are just resources. You will get paid very low and there is no work life balance if you are a software engineer. Moreover if you expect to get development work, youre expecting a bit too much. They have a lot of operational work and hardly any development. This is a career suicide for a software engineer. They need data analysts more than software engineers. They can even change your duties without you realizing it. They hire software engineers and make them deployments and call them deployment engineers which is a joke. So all youll be doing is wring deployment documents and deploying applications at all odd hours.

    Advice to Management

    No point advising management that doesnt care.


  11. worked at AIR

    Current Employee - QA Analyst/Mobile Tester in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst/Mobile Tester in Reston, VA

    Pros

    good learning environment and enhance skill.

    Cons

    No growth. Need improvement in organizing and management.



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