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Updated February 20, 2018
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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  • Work-life balance is unheard off (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management hires from the outside instead of promoting staff (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "AIR review"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are awesome!
    I have a good work-life balance.
    I get to do really interesting work

    Cons

    Updating time sheets is annoying


  2. "good 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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    really good place to work

    Cons

    fast pace environment for tier 2

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project Specialist"

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

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good experience working on several projects.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. Contracts have to support very expensive management.

    Advice to Management

    Trim top management and put more money into training younger employees and managers.


  4. "Its a okay company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    AIR 403 K and benefits are very good. Free parking in George Town? That's very cool. You will have your own office space. Also job security.

    Cons

    The assessment group needs improvement. The project managers/directors are terrible at respecting people. Work-life balance is unheard off. Companies culture needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Culture needs to be improved


  5. "Good benefits and people. Hard to move up."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good to build experience. flexibility in work schedule. good benefits. great people to work with.

    Cons

    slow promotion. salary is okay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Profits drive decisions"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well trained and motivated human capital is a sign of a quality organization. AIR has some great employees who care about the work that is done with an eye toward improving the health, education, and welfare of people.

    Cons

    During my time at AIR, I witnessed countless examples of people being pushed to charge their time to projects, regardless of whether or not they were working on the project.

    AIR has an upper management structure that is well compensated. Hence, the management machine must be fed.

    People working on projects are encouraged to defraud clients. It's hard to see the value of some managers who don't know much about the actual work. They do know how to harangue lower level employees to bill for their work. Furthermore, entry level staff are often put in positions where they must learn on the job and charge clients for their "on the job" training. Rather than hire people who fit the work to be done, it's just an effort to see who's available and stick them in the position.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people, not your revenue and profits.

    AIR claims to be a non-profit organization. However, the level of overbilling clients is astounding. Senior management's obsession with growth and sold time is disgusting. Instead of emphasizing the quality of the work at low cost to clients, AIR pushes employees to bill hours, bill hours, and bill more hours.


  7. "Awesome team!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research; warm people. HR totally looks out for its employees!

    Cons

    The hiring process takes a while, but hang in there... it's worth it!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Communications Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Communications Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    good benefits, lots of opportunities to work on different projects, good office location and environment

    Cons

    No cons at this point in time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good benefits; positive company culture

    Cons

    difficult to maintain work-life balance at times


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not a place for career development"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is laid back, and most of people are easy to work with.

    Cons

    If you look for a place for career development, this is not the place for you. Seniors or managers don't really care about your career path, and just ask you to do the work whenever they need. You might have strong technical skill, but they often give you administrative work to do without asking your interest. And then at the end of year, they come back and tell you that you are not ready for promotion because you didn't make enough contribution to the team....also, your work were not well compensated cause project leaders or seniors took the credit...average salary is so low, compared to other companies. A lot of times, they don't want to increase your salary just so that they can use cheap labor to win the bid. I have seen so many juniors left in a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain juniors, provide training to staff managers and ask them to pay attention to what their staff want, not what they want.


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