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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated June 22, 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. "Web Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    AIR has very supportive colleagues, and pretty good compensation.

    Cons

    Personally I prefer open office and chances to meet work work alongside others. Currently there are a lot of remote working.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good peopke to work with

    Cons

    no benefits or room for professional development


  4. "Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible time arrangements (you can work from home if needed, as far as you finish your work assignments). Great professional support (professional development opportunities).

    Cons

    Less transparent promotion criterion.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Growth for Lower Level Staff"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of the job, range of work, travel opportunities

    Cons

    They have institutes a new policy in which Research Assistants cannot be promoted without a master degree. Poor communication with staff about this policy and no real backing to support it.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Ho Hum"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, chance to travel

    Cons

    Inflexible Management, No Telecommute option


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The mission of AIR is a great and really drives the work that is done throughout the organization. They are paying more attention to work/life balance and flexibility in where you work (e.g. a different office or home). Committed to diversity and continuous improvement.

    Cons

    There are silos throughout the organization that AIR is trying to break down.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Good colleagues but bloated management, lack of accountability at more snr levels"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some amazing people - bright, generous, and opportunities can be found if you want to look for them. AIR does try to provide good work/life balance at least on paper, telecommuting is possible, good overall benefits package, bagel days, fun celebrations to mark holidays of all kinds, as well as events like Pi day or March Madness (or World Cup).

    Cons

    Top level mgmt is bloated due to a restructuring that is still being reworked and reworked. Focus on the immediate bottomline forces short-sighted decision making. Snr leadership and snr managers not accountable for how they treat more junior staff and 360 reviews would be illuminating. Some brilliant people should never direct/manage projects and there is no way to communicate this in a safe and meaningful way. Some snr staff are incredibly abusive of more junior staff. Work/life balance can be tough for jnr staff if they feel they can't say no to unrealistic deadlines. Mentoring of staff can be haphazard depending on who is assigned as a staff manager, or which projects you are assigned. Furthermore, there is no safe way to communicate concerns of how your needs and management is being handled (a confidential ombudsman would be helpful). Issues like ethical behavior or violations of policy (e.g. sexual harassment) do have processes and are somewhat successful. However, if you are with a team, project or manager who are not supportive or effective there is no way to make changes for your own career goals, let alone personal and emotional health. Mobility salary wise is constrained. A new performance review system provides very little in the way of determining what the it is that needs to be goals.

    Advice to Management

    Snr project leadership and Sr Leadership (including CSuite) need to institute and head 360 reviews from more junior staff. An ombudsman would be helpful as there is currently no safe and confidential way for staff to share concerns about how they are being treated or even managed. HR for that purpose is a joke.


  9. "Data Analyst"

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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

    Good Environment and fast pace

    Cons

    A lot of boring work


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great benefits but that's about it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and some very nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in leadership/top management positions. Friends promote friends who are not qualified, do not have advanced degrees and no very little to nothing about managing people. Difficult to be managed by someone who knows less than you do!

    Advice to Management

    More leadership diversity, fairness in promotion and salary transparency. Huge salary disparities within levels and titles.


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