American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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)

Cons
  • 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. Editor

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    Former Employee - Editor in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Editor in Springfield, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Great Environment

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    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.


  3. worked at AIR

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

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    good learning environment and enhance skill.

    Cons

    No growth. Need improvement in organizing and management.


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  5. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun and laid back work environment. Great upper level researchers serve as mentors that mold new employees into quality researchers in the field as well.

    Cons

    You will very rarely complete a project in the budgeted time allotted to you and overtime pay is very rarely available.


  6. Good people

    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment and good people.

    Cons

    The nature of the work tends to be high stress.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Assessment Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great location in Georgetown; smart people supporting projects; currently has lots of business

    Cons

    Arrogance trickles down; less than professional/respectful environment provided by some (and some in charge); lack of process/quality management; lack of financial oversight; no training and accountability to management

    Advice to Management

    Industry is aware of issues and without some intervention, business is likely to diminish


  8. Helpful (5)

    Test Developer

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    Former Employee - Test Developer in Youngsville, NC
    Former Employee - Test Developer in Youngsville, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly smart people work at AIR, with strong education backgrounds and policy information I learned how to create technology enhanced items, develop test designs, blueprints, etc. Well beyond just content specialist work. That was cool. Of the three assessment companies I have worked for, AIR has the best content management system. AIR puts a lot of time into reviews for items, which is necessary and not always appreciated at other companies.

    Cons

    Worked me to death. 75 hour weeks not uncommon. Do they understand the meaning of life and work balance that they preach? Being overworked was why I left. Pay was "eh." More than some companies, way less than others. One person, who did not have the experience to be in charge of the test developers but seemed to be a favorite of someone higher up, kept people from being able to transfer to other sections of the company or do a 50/50, even when requested by the other section. Too bad - the knowledge sharing could have been amazing. Benefits are, again, better than some, worse than others.

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to gain contracts, please staff accordingly. Please teach your level 5 managers that there is an actual end to a work day, regardless of what the deadlines are. You burned out some of the best people I ever met in assessment. Allow people to work from home - other companies in your industry do, and are very successful. Pay people a livable salary for the DC area.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work, but poor compensation and lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Great colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of politics, Long hours, Not very competitive salary


  10. Helpful (8)

    Business Is Growing, Employee Satisfaction is Shrinking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Casual dress code - Excellent benefits - Great Co-workers

    Cons

    AIR used to be a great place to work and should still be. The company has won some major contracts and is bringing in record profits year after year. Despite that fact, the environment for employees keeps getting worse. For example: - The highest performing employees get a 3% raise - AIR does not promote from within. Many employees have been doing jobs 1 or 2 levels above their title for years, but they will never get promoted. - Pay is well below the market rate for the DC area. Most positions pay 10%-20% less than the competition. - Projects are poorly run. There is no consistent project management methodology throughout the organization. Every team does things their own way which makes collaborating cross-projects a nightmare and unnecessarily burdensome. - Management ranges from good to awful and there is no oversight of anyone who is a level 5 or above. Some teams have decent work-life balance, some teams work 70 hours a week. If you get stuck under one of the inept directors there is nothing you can do about. They don't allow transfers within the organization and HR/upper management doesn't care about how terrible your boss is. - Social events seem to be evaporating. There used to be some sort of social event every 6 weeks or so. Most have been eliminated, including the Christmas party. The events they still have are almost exclusively after working hours. - A lot of the work-life balance that is promised when you are hired is not true. Very few people are allowed to work from home even a few days a month. Its extremely difficult to get requests for PTO approved. You are expected to be "on call" 24/7. If your boss calls at 9pm on a Saturday, you are expected to be available to work.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a system of performance evaluation for employees to evaluate management. There are terrible managers but no one notices because the people under them do good work. AIR needs to put more value on the people who actually do the work. The company is making a fortune but employees get the same minuscule raises and bonuses they got when the company was not doing as well.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A great place to start an academic career

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are being your carer as a Research Assistant/Associate/Analyst, AIR will provide a plethora of experience to policy analysis and research. The benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    You have to pursue increasingly higher levels of education to move in the company. The pay is generally $5,000 to $15,000 less than competitors.



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