American Institutes for Research

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5 people found this helpful  

Great location, boring work, lackluster employees, pretty dry and unexciting

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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

Pros

Great location in Georgetown
Metro benefits

Cons

Absolute no chance of moving up without more and more education
Little attention given to your interests
As an RA - traded around by project managers
Everyone is a bit on the nerdy, quiet side

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Engage RAs more, ask for feedback

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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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.

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