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Getting ahead depends on who you know rather than performance

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Current Employee - Researcher  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC

I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

With offices around the country, everyone is used to having to work with staff that is located remotely, so the infrastructure is in place for when I need to telecommute. This allows for a better work-life balance.

Cons

It's not an equal playing field. Recognition and promotion depends on who your staff manager is and who you know. When AIR acquired one company a few years ago, all new staff from that company automatically received a promotion of a level or two, so that people that came in from the new company with only a couple of years experience out of college were on par with people who had that same number of years of experience and a Ph.D. because the new VP pushed for them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be honest with staff! It's very unfair to say, "You need to do x, y, and z to get a promotion," and then not give out a promotion when x, y, and z are accomplished. What staff needs to do to get ahead shouldn't be a secret and shouldn't depend on who your staff manager happens to be.

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Disapproves of CEO

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    Manager at AIR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    Good team and location. Company is growing fast.

    Cons

    Bad management style, use one people as three.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly invironment

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    working environment is great. People and great to work with

    Cons

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

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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