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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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American Institutes for Research President, CEO and Director David Myers
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Pros
  • "They are paying more attention to work/life balance and flexibility in where you work (e" (in 25 reviews)

  • "good benefits; positive company culture" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little work-life balance depending on department" (in 41 reviews)

  • "AIR has a large upper management structure that is well compensated" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Project Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company and managers since I've been here

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Avoid the Health Group like the Plague."

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great clients and opportunities to network.

    Cons

    Senior management in Health Group. Compensation of top executives is way out of balance with technical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the public health business. Stick to domestic education work.

  3. "Dual Language Classroom Observer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Professional and helpful staff. Training.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Undervalued"

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

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to do work in a wide range of areas.

    Cons

    Very top down structure. Lower "level" staff are over worked and under appreciated with very little true opportunity. Higher level staff are over paid and over emphasized. The organizational focus seems to be more on money and growth and less on working to help the disadvantaged.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on your level and what kind of work you want"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good benefit. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Mobility is limited. Degrees make a difference. You better have a Phd. Not much learning opportunities (depends on the project).


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits, better than for profit companies

    Cons

    Poor communication, Unprofessional colleagues, Micromanaging

    Advice to Management

    Make a serious and prompt investment in associate and leadership development


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good first place to work. Flexible.

    Cons

    You can be siloed and have a hard time working into different groups.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good work environment but less paid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment is good. very good work-life balance. Free coffee and regular social events. good insurance.

    Cons

    Salary is below the market. Make yourself clear with the HR. HR is good but if you don't get their prior promise don't expect you get that in time.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Uninspired"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They have some good intentions, but...

    Cons

    Extremely level driven. Senior leaders do not seem to engage with employees across levels nor is there a desire to do so. No investment in their employees-low moral.

    Advice to Management

    Share information with your team and demand that they push the information down.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Senior Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Senior Researcher
    Former Employee - Senior Researcher
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people and good flexibility in work schedule. I was able to maintain work life balance and you can if you set boundaries. Company allows for entrepreneurship spirit if you like that.

    Cons

    2 percent raises yearly even for good performance was devastating morally, especially when CEO makes over 1M annually. They also keep hiring VPs and its unclear what any of them do and why so many are needed.


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