American Institutes for Research

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A very interesting hybrid of strong nonprofit mission with corporate structure

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Excellent benefits, flexible schedules and an understanding of work-life balance; strong dedication to mission - although you may be doing business-like work it is always focused on the desire to make good change in the world. My salary is excellent compared to traditional nonprofits (although it sounds like the entry-level positions less so). Have always had lots of opportunity for professional development. Enjoy working with professional, nice people across the org here and in other offices.

Cons

Some of the programs are more difficult to work with than others. A lot of the negative reviews here sound like they are from people working in one particular program that has a reputation for not valuing its people, requiring long hours and having poor management. BUT, the other programs and the administrative units have some really good people, good management, and good opportunities for advancement. If you are interviewing here you just need to keep that in mind and try to get a feel for the personality and management style of the group you'd be working in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Strive for a more consistent experience for all employees - work harder to help staff under difficult managers and to make sure people are rewarded, recognized and promoted without cronyism or favoritism, even if you have to work around those difficult managers.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    high living expense with low pay and much much much work

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    free beverage and other unimportant benefit
    location is dc area not far from metro

    Cons

    a lot
    too too too much work
    get promote not base on your performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good colleagues and not enough focus on good management or management structures.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hands-on experience and some autonomy after finding a niche which may take years. Good and hard-working colleagues who are willing to help one another.

    Cons

    Top heavy with hierarchical structure and big differences in pay scales. Projects understaffed so workload is heavy and often unpredictable. Many managers have no management skills and do not solve problems. Low salaries for entry level staff and raises minimal for those staff. Many burdensome organizational requirements. Not much interaction in the course of work day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce emphasis on AIR prestige and increase focus on good management so projects are appropriately staffed and work is feasible given timelines, budgets, and conditions. Be sensitive to staff burnout.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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