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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated December 6, 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. "Great Company, Positive Work Environment, Low Mobility"

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

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

    Pros

    AIR is a company that cares about its employees. It is a non-profit, but it sometimes feels very corporate in the resources available to you. The Georgetown location is great. Compensation is fair.

    Cons

    They are reducing the size of their office in Georgetown and moving a lot of people to Crystal City. It is difficult to be promoted if you are hired at the lower level. Even at the mid-level, promotion seems based on time-in-seat more so than ability.


  2. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator 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

    Very organized, strong and supportive commitment to diversity, good benefits

    Cons

    Due to the large size of the office, hard to get to know employees not on your team

  3. "Communications Specialist"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good benefits, travel opportunities. Salaries are good. You actually get to see your work making a difference around the world.

    Cons

    Too spread out, it is hard to make yourself visible to management.


  4. "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.


  5. "Not a bad Temp gig but get out quick."

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    Former Contractor - QC Assistant
    Former Contractor - QC Assistant

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    The pay was decent for the work. Free bagels every Wednesday.

    Cons

    Repetitive mind numbing work. Expensive parking and long walk to metro station. They let you go without warning.


  6. "Good for contract work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Normal business hours
    Reputable company

    Cons

    Short project
    Commuting to Georgetown


  7. "Fair"

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    Current Intern - Technology Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Technology Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, Remote work infrastructure

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are low

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Program manager, assessment"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits. Nice coworkers. Opportunity to be "entrepreneurial," take on more work/responsibilities, and be recognized for that. Org genuinely cares about employee experience and tries to improve.

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to for-profit orgs. Health insurance benefits are ok but not amazing. Some managers in assessment division have a "sink or swim" attitude towards staff, though this has worked out fine for me personally.


  9. "Researcher"

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

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Recent reorganization shifted culture which is now more collaborative and supportive. Big emphasis and lots of support for professional learning and development. AIR is well known and has a large network. I am sometimes in awe of who I get to work with within and outside of the organization. Great emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Work aligns closely with mission and vision.

    Cons

    Some groups of staff are still clicky and exclusionary. this is a minority, though. Work/life balance continues to be a issue, though it has improved in the last few years.


  10. "Good Experience"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Kind supervisor, efficient team, friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    The working environment for contractors may need some improvement


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