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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be challenging, as well as navigating the resources available to employees (in 26 reviews)

  • SVPs are generally hard-charging and unwilling to compromise with their direct reports and the management-level staff actually leading the work (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

    "AIR cares about their employees, offer great benefits, and depending on the department a fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AIR cares about their employees, offer great benefits, and depending on the department a fun place to work. Would recommend.

    Cons

    Some departments can be very work heavy during certain parts of the year. Can be difficult to career progress.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep good, young talent, there needs to be more opportunities to for them to grow their experience and careers in the first 1 to 1.5 years


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great company - but it all depends who your boss(es) and what department you're in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many social events throughout the year
    Good paid time off schedule
    Wonderful office location ( The HQ )
    Small gym with showers, etc ( The HQ )
    Very cheap parking
    Comparatively cheap medical / dental benefits
    Relaxed dress code
    Young staff environment
    Sports teams

    Cons

    The department and time I was at AIR allowed me to advance quickly and work on and learn new things often. However from my co-workers I know other areas of the company it was very hard to get promoted or a raise, and that they were over-stressed and worked.

    I can say as a whole the company provided me a very positive experience, but for others I understand and can agree with their complaints of departments that I did not work in.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention by treating junior staff better, ensuring the workload is not overwhelming, and giving their managers training on how to develop their employees.


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  5. "Work is exciting and staff are great in health services"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work varies and is interesting. Junior staff can be counted on and are bright. Some senior staff are brilliant and innovative. It is an organization with high expectations--which makes for interesting and innovative project work. I feel well paid for what I do. The environment is flexible as well.

    Cons

    I often work extra hours--around 5 to 10 extra a week. Some staff could be working at a higher/more professional level.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline some of the activities to reduce administrative burden.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "AIR is a wonderful place for new researchers looking for a place to begin a career"

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

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

    Pros

    Ethical, smart colleagues
    Lots of opportunities for training and learning
    Great office space in DC right on Georgetown waterfront
    The company cares about employees and professional growth and development

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to manage a work/ life balance particularly during "proposal season." Staff need to set personal boundaries about how much you are willing to work because there will always be more to do.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership training/ public speaking training for employees.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AIR is interested in growing employees, so the opportunity for professional development is offered a lot. It's a great place to learn the research ropes, increase skills, and gain experience that can translate into many different areas and types of research. Colleagues are generally intelligent, competent, and passionate about the work. Excellent health and vision benefits.

    Cons

    Office culture varies at the different office locations, so navigating that is tricky at times. Depending on your manager, work life balance can be hard. Promotions and pay raises only happen once a year.

    Advice to Management

    Employees shouldn't learn new "issues" with their work during review time. Management should be giving feedback and coaching throughout the year to offer employees the opportunity to correct/improve weaker areas.


  8. "This was a great company. They fostered a great sense of community, although the pay was a little low for an internship."

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, training, leadership, assistance with troubles

    Cons

    personal growth, mobility, felt awkward at times even though I am outgoing

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team collaborations
    Great benefits
    Bagel Wednesday

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    more communication between management and employees


  10. "Cool place and cool people"

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

    Pros

    Less pressure, great environment and great location.
    No travel, no extra time

    Cons

    Non-profit, almost no bounce, lower salary increase rate


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 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 fun and laid back work environment. Great upper level researchers serve as mentors that mold new employees into quality researchers in the field as well.

    Cons

    You will very rarely complete a project in the budgeted time allotted to you and overtime pay is very rarely available.



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