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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  • Some sections of the organization struggle with work-life balance (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. "Company Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    Interesting Projects
    Friendly Coworkers
    Good Office Locations
    Can use professional development funds on a wide variety of things, as long as it's justifiable

    Cons

    Pay needs to be more competitive - Benefits are pretty good, though
    Seems to be low upward mobility, especially without advanced degrees. Competency doesn't always require a higher degree.

    Advice to Management

    Should definitely look for competency and technical ability as at least equal to a degree. They are just as good if not better.


  2. "Large government contractor"

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

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    *offers generous benefits
    *provides a lot of learning opportunities
    *highly educated and diverse staff
    *most staff are very personable and friendly

    Cons

    *not much balance in work-life balance
    *billability goals and enforcement of how much time one works on overhead projects are strict
    *level of management competence and engagement widely varies throughout organization

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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


  4. "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.


  5. 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)


  6. "IT Systems Administrator"

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough growth room

    Advice to Management

    Bias


  7. "average working environment"

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    many events that i enjoyed,

    Cons

    office is old, and the food is bad

  8. "Contact Employees beware"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities in Non Profit education statistical analysis

    Cons

    Contract employees are not afforded any of the benefits, extracurricular activities that provide regular full time employees work/life balance and company pride.

    Advice to Management

    Include contracts in extensive benefits packages & special events.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Average working experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Most people are friendly enough

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement


  10. "IT"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Very laid back and casual environment. Everyone receives a laptop and 4 walls office on day 1. Highly intelligent staff, some personable.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive, laid back.


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