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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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  • Some sections of the organization struggle with work-life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • unfair and abusive treatment of staff by upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience for conducting research that matters for governments. Smart colleagues that work hard. Strong research assistants and good organization.

    Cons

    Hard work is needed. Large organization, which brings some bureaucracy. Not always clear how organizational structures work. Overall a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path and invest strategically in new research opportunities for the long term. Provide incentives to research associates to stay longer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good entry job, but almost impossible to climb up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good base pay
    - Flexible work space
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Very frustrating to get a promotion without higher education (master's degree)
    - Upper management hires from the outside instead of promoting staff

    Advice to Management

    Quit giving work to your "preferred" staff

  3. "Wonderful place to do applied research in Bay Area!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AWESOME colleagues and super helpful and nice senior colleagues who really care about you and invest in your growth
    so many interesting projects
    great flexibility
    very nice working environment

    Cons

    the compensation doesn't quite match the excellence of the staff

    Advice to Management

    raise the compensation for staff ! make AIR the best place to work


  4. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, terrific mission, good location,,

    Cons

    hard work, free cokes(drink too many)


  5. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    They have wonderful people working at AIR who are supportive and fantastic to work with. The companies culture as a whole is also very supportive, fun, and passionate about the work that they do.

    Cons

    There can be some very long hours and the pay is not great. There is, at least in the position I was in, very little opportunity for growth.


  6. "Great Colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart, hard working, well-educated folks work at AIR.

    Cons

    You are required to work on many projects, and are constantly juggling priorities.


  7. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    401K matching and upward mobility. If you work hard, you will be promoted.

    Cons

    Expectation is you will leave to go to grad school if you are a Research Assistant or Associate.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "ex employee personal opinions"

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company benefits are great if you can get hired on

    Cons

    Unfair employment practices within the processing centers

    Advice to Management

    Get your policies standard across the board so you stop forcing out good employees


  9. Helpful (3)

    "AIR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good people, ability to create your own niche and do work that is interesting for you

    Cons

    lack of diversity, yearly raises are low (2 percent)


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Get another job if you could"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Institutes for Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, no much work to do if it is off season

    Cons

    no one in the company seem to like their job, it is dull.


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