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Current Employee - Software Tester in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Software Tester in Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

working environment is great. People and great to work with

Cons

I don't have anything negative to say about the company

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better, could be worse

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

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

    Pros

    Some leaders are very passionate about their work.
    Many of my colleagues are very smart.
    AIR has a diverse range of projects that can provide some variety and interesting work.
    Great benefits.
    Flexibility is great. The most important focus is getting the work done, but you can shape your schedule within reason.
    AIR's HQ is located near the Georgetown waterfront. This is a great area for lunch breaks, especially when the weather is nice.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great, especially for those of us who are willing to work hard. A lot of hours are donated to business development.
    Hit or miss project management can be frustrating.
    While the pay is fair, it is not great.
    It's very difficult to get promoted.
    Very little racial diversity in senior positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees at all levels, especially junior levels.
    Train project directors and leaders. It's not enough to be subject matter experts.
    Senior managers need to get in touch with what is happening on lower levels.
    Improve career paths for hard working people who want to move up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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 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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