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Challenging work environment, requires all one's technical expertise, creativity, and managerial know-how to succeed.

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Current Employee - Principal Statistician in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Principal Statistician in Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

This is a dynamic, fast-growing social science research company offering exciting work in many positions. AIR has gone from about 1000 employees in 2006 to over 1500 in 2011 through a process of expansions, mergers and reorganizations. New opportunities for collaborations continually present themselves.

Cons

The pace of work is very fast and expectations are high. Many colleagues feel the need to continue work in the evenings and through weekends, and eventually burn out.

Advice to Management

I would like to encourage management to follow up on the analysis of the internal work environment survey. It identified several organizational aspects worth improving.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    More like a temp agency, but with benefits. No respect for employees.

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    Former Employee - Communications in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Communications in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not all divisions are completely bad. But some are so insular that they treat the rest of AIR as competitors. Best to worst: HSD, EHDW, Education, International ... Health.

    Cons

    Complete disregard for fairness, respect, or valuing of employees. Very inconsistent with stated mission. Work is less and less challenging as AIR chooses to partner for proposals with better-equipped companies who then provide the real value. The internal staff suffers from stagnation. Indifferent work is rewarded as well as anything.

    Advice to Management

    Consider treating employees as potentially valuable assets to be nourished, promoted, encouraged, and perhaps kept long enough to create a true in-house team that contains the institutional knowledge and capabilities advertised.


  2. Helpful (6)

    A revolving door, with few people invested in the firm and with management that is not invested in its staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious office location, and the firm is very flexible in allowing telecommuting.

    Cons

    Communication from senior management is very weak, and there definitely is a culture of "insiders" and "outsiders." The firm spends lots of money and time shuffling people around offices; this seems like time and money poorly spent. Managing projects there is like hurding cats. Very gossipy, backstabbling environment. The organization is an impersonal revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Changes in management culture and expectations are poorly communicated. The lack of transparency at the organization demoralizes staff.


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