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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  • Some sections of the organization struggle with work-life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • unfair and abusive treatment of staff by upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience for conducting research that matters for governments. Smart colleagues that work hard. Strong research assistants and good organization.

    Cons

    Hard work is needed. Large organization, which brings some bureaucracy. Not always clear how organizational structures work. Overall a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path and invest strategically in new research opportunities for the long term. Provide incentives to research associates to stay longer.


  2. "Research Associate"

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

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

    Pros

    401K matching and upward mobility. If you work hard, you will be promoted.

    Cons

    Expectation is you will leave to go to grad school if you are a Research Assistant or Associate.

  3. "Relaxed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extremely Pleasant Environment to get up every morning and spend most of the day there. Plenty of places for lunch.

    Cons

    Traffic congestion at heart of location making it a tedious adventure for commuters on daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  4. "Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, supportive staff managers, exceptional benefits, intellectually challenging environment, and GREAT colleagues.

    Cons

    The company is making an effort to improve work/life balance, but there is a constant push to pick up more and more projects without dropping or delegating current projects.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to hire more research assistants.


  5. "Help desk"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great to work for and relaxed.

    Cons

    Summer off. Will most likely have to find summer work


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Environment, educated peers, reasonable expectations

    Cons

    this current position is not the most intellectually stimulating


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at American Institutes for Research as a contractor

    Pros

    Worked for them for one year as a contractor and would like to see more work offered.

    Cons

    None I can think of

  8. "Good company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    - Office settings
    - Great benefits
    - Work from home

    Cons

    Salary can be better (relatively low compared to the industry)


  9. "Interesting and Challenging work, great team culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart and engaged coworkers, interesting and challenging work and good support for professional development/learning new skills. Lots of variety in the work too!
    Even as a just-above-entry-level employee, I get lots of independence in my work, the opportunity to extend my skills and higher up people genuinely listen to my ideas.
    Management is very supportive, helps manage workload and advocates for employees ideas/advancement. Higher ups are great at acknowledging and appreciating hard work.

    Cons

    No real complaints so far, any issues I've had (eg technology problems) have been quickly addressed.


  10. "Working here"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment
    Many job oppotunities

    Cons

    Need to improve the management


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