American Institutes for Research

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A very interesting hybrid of strong nonprofit mission with corporate structure

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  • 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.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of good colleagues, but too much work, low pay, and slow promotion

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

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

    Pros

    Firm has some excellent values and attracts some really good people in terms of skill and experience - most of people here are very bright and hard working

    Cons

    People kill themselves to get work done and are not appreciated - Company has way too many managers who don't really do much of anything but talk about how they want to support you - advancement and promotion is slow - pay is not great and you don't get any real reward for good performance - everybody gets low increases even when company seems to be doing really well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be real about what salaries outside the company are and be competitive with - it is very demoralizing to realize you may be hired at a competive salary but then fall behind people in very similar jobs - realize too that people have very different skills and should be paid differently, even with same job title

    Make clear what it takes to advance in company

    Don't let managers play favorites

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

    Limited career paths and disregard for technical skill restrict opportunities and create inefficiencies.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    If you are single, there are many after-hours events to get to know other employees. Also, if you already established in your career with good experience, they pay very well.

    Cons

    If you are just beginning your career (as I was), you will not be paid well. Also, if you have more technical skills, such as programming, you can get into a situation where they need you to use those skills, but do not provide opportunities for advancement in that line of work. The only available career track in my location was as an analyst. It also meant that they had a hard time retaining people with the technical skills they need in their line of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if analysts can be billed at a higher rate, consider creating some advancement for technically-oriented employees. Also, there was considerable cronyism in the program-level management. People who were friendly with management were promoted much more than those that were quiet and reserved, yet objectively better at their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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