American Institutes for Research

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Collegial atmosphere, bright employees, slow organization

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

I have been working at American Institutes for Research

Pros

- Collegiate atmosphere
- Collaborative/project-based work
- Quality work (as opposed to bigger firms)
- Cross-discipline work (Workforce, Education, Healthcare, etc.)
- Respect and trust among novice employees
- Support for professional research (at least within the Workforce group)

Cons

- Slow organization
- Not very innovative
- Say they value work/life balance, but not always (depends on project manager)
- Pay is lower than bigger firms (Booze, Deloite, etc.)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Implement some of the innovative HR stuff you promote in resaearch
- Utilize the organizational psychology experts you have to enhance your own internal HR processes
- Really demonstrate you value work/life balance

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Favoritism, Mediocrity, and Incompetence

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    You have your own office. You can close the door if you have noisy neighbors.

    Cons

    - Rampant favoritism in the Health Program. Promotion is not merit-based.
    - Most members of senior leadership of the Health Program lack experience in quantitative policy research and are uninformed about current health policy issues. One senior manager (who is not a native speaker of English) has a shaky grasp of the English grammar and often wrote emails that didn't make sense at all. Another senior manager has no research experience to speak off, but she was repeated proposed as project director simply because all she did was to name-drop powerful people she claimed she knew.
    - Senior leadership lacks professionalism in their treatment of junior and mid-level staff.
    - Very tedious work. It is doubtful whether AIR's works have any policy consequences at all.
    - Senior leadership refuses to invest in staff's job training, even on skill sets that are central to the staff's works.
    - There is a lack of collegiality. People are reluctant to chat with you even if you reach out, unless you have the same charge codes with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. You can't attract or keep competent new staff unless your senior leadership is knowledgeable, courteous, and inspiring.
    2. You can't stay competitive if you charge high hourly rates for works that can easily be done by someone without an advanced degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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