American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    There is enough to learn

    Cons

    Nothing absolutely. No growth there

  2. Good place to start your research career

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Admirable mission and good benefits. Good place to start off your career as you can get a lot of hands-on experience and research training.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is bad, and the low pay makes it worse (no cost-of-living adjustment for those of us living expensive areas). Thus, people look for other opportunities after burning out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Research, not successful application

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    benefits, great environment for researchers

    Cons

    Research institution not skilled at application and limited understanding of school improvement beyond research. No practical success and autocratic leadership style. Low comparative salary. No room for growth; company does not develop talent. Culture is competitive. To paraphrase another reviewer, 'almost do more fighting than working together.'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop business leadership structure and develop a true collaborative model. Value employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Check the IT jobs turnovers - that's a hint!

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Open to trying out new technologies. If you have no options, this company may be a good start for you, especially, if you're a newbie in IT world.

    Cons

    Pathetic work environment especially for the IT world folks. This department is managed and controlled by a clique of folks, and if you do not swing to their music, you will be underpaid and seriously frustrated. Simply run a search for the IT turnovers at AIR and you will be amazed. Someone did mention this to me, but I didn't believe them until I joined AIR... I left in a hurry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture in your IT department. It simply is not professional and it will deter and chance away much needed talent. The management should simple be changed!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Good as an entry level position

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are very supportive which makes it grate for someone who is just out of college. You get to work on a lot of high profile projects.

    Cons

    There is not much mobility within the company and the work expected from an Research Assistant is not challenging. It ends up become pretty boring a repetitive

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Great day to day, problematic supervisor interactions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than a 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
  8. Rewarding Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (less than a 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
  9. Great perks and people, young coworkers, uninteresting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Test Development in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Test Development in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern (less than a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Some RA's work hard, others do nothing. In the end, we all make the same.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fulfilling work working on projects that attempt to do good.

    Cons

    Most of your work as an RA goes unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing more in your Level 2s. We'd stick around if you gave us a chance to grow 'up' in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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

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