American Institutes for Research

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A place to end up, not to start

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

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

Pros

- some great managers
- good benefits
- interesting work, if you have luck

Can be very good work if you end up on the right projects with the right project directors. Unfortunately assignments are made based on staff availability, not interests or qualifications. Timing is everything here.

Difficult to advance from within but a great deal if you are going in as a senior manager. More flexibility in which assignments you work on, based on your experience.

Cons

- extremely low pay
- no checks and balances system on sr. mgmt
- not very fair, different rules for different employees

The pay is offensive. You can make 25-35% more at a similar company. No negotiating power unless you have a salary history, even then they might not be able to accommodate you.

How well you fare depends on how much your supervisor advocates for you/how well they are liked by senior mgmt.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let people who are good at supervising supervise, let people who are better at research just research. Being a brilliant PhD does not mean you should mentor lower level staff. You might assume working in education research would make people realize teachable moments...but it doesn't.

And pay more.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience working there was amazing.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The development team there is really talented and have lots of years of experience.

    Cons

    They tend to work more on modifying a previous made website instead of being more creative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company that invests in its own people (helps to have an advanced degree)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great location, good pay and benefits for a non-profit, flexible schedules. They also value independent workers so in a lot of cases you don't really have a boss in the traditional sense.

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement in a lot of cases. Not all positions at the company are like I described in the pros. Great company to work for if you have a PhD or Masters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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