American Institutes for Research

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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
117 Reviews
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117 Reviews
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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.  

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    work-life balance, training, leadership, assistance with troubles

    Cons

    personal growth, mobility, felt awkward at times even though I am outgoing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    You can work with smart people there. Very flexible, good work and life balance. Additionally, there are a lot of professional developement opportunities.

    Cons

    You will need to collaborate with others. Sometimes it works well, sometimes not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    AIR is interested in growing employees, so the opportunity for professional development is offered a lot. It's a great place to learn the research ropes, increase skills, and gain experience that can translate into many different areas and types of research. Colleagues are generally intelligent, competent, and passionate about the work. Excellent health and vision benefits.

    Cons

    Office culture varies at the different office locations, so navigating that is tricky at times. Depending on your manager, work life balance can be hard. Promotions and pay raises only happen once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees shouldn't learn new "issues" with their work during review time. Management should be giving feedback and coaching throughout the year to offer employees the opportunity to correct/improve weaker areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    AIR is a wonderful place for new researchers looking for a place to begin a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ethical, smart colleagues
    Lots of opportunities for training and learning
    Great office space in DC right on Georgetown waterfront
    The company cares about employees and professional growth and development

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to manage a work/ life balance particularly during "proposal season." Staff need to set personal boundaries about how much you are willing to work because there will always be more to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in leadership training/ public speaking training for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great company - but it all depends who your boss(es) and what department you're in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many social events throughout the year
    Good paid time off schedule
    Wonderful office location ( The HQ )
    Small gym with showers, etc ( The HQ )
    Very cheap parking
    Comparatively cheap medical / dental benefits
    Relaxed dress code
    Young staff environment
    Sports teams

    Cons

    The department and time I was at AIR allowed me to advance quickly and work on and learn new things often. However from my co-workers I know other areas of the company it was very hard to get promoted or a raise, and that they were over-stressed and worked.

    I can say as a whole the company provided me a very positive experience, but for others I understand and can agree with their complaints of departments that I did not work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee retention by treating junior staff better, ensuring the workload is not overwhelming, and giving their managers training on how to develop their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    AIR cares about their employees, offer great benefits, and depending on the department a fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    AIR cares about their employees, offer great benefits, and depending on the department a fun place to work. Would recommend.

    Cons

    Some departments can be very work heavy during certain parts of the year. Can be difficult to career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to keep good, young talent, there needs to be more opportunities to for them to grow their experience and careers in the first 1 to 1.5 years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    Laid back culture; dress is business casual, and the work is very stable because it is a nonprofit. Otherwise great.

    Cons

    There's a definite PhD/non-PhD divide. Also, the salaries are low at best compared to other work, and the offices are a little inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you pay more you'll be able to get better people. Other than that, just keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people

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    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
  10.  

    Great place!

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    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    American Institutes of Research

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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