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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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  • Some sections of the organization struggle with work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • SVPs are generally hard-charging and unwilling to compromise with their direct reports and the management-level staff actually leading the work (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No formal dressing code, company location is good, free ice cream during the summer, free break fast on every Wednesday.

    Cons

    Poor management, no communication with your supervisor, people in management level are very dislike to communicate with you, even say hello in toilet. Supervisor would judge you in silent, no negotiation with lower people when they make decisions secretly. Too many managers doing nothing. Only focus on the result in quantity, careless to the quality. Feels like everyone in here is trying to do as less as they could while getting paid. Above all, ONLY WORKS IN HERE IF YOU ARE DESPERATE. For a few times got a survey from HR with a gift asking how concern if you are leaving here, I guess they also notice that everyone is thinking going somewhere else and trying to keep people here, during my 9 months here, countless of my level people left, my direct supervisor left, 3 managers left.

    Advice to Management

    Try to care more about you people and try to make everyone here believe they work here and have a real job here.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poor management affects employees' work-life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with professionals with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.

    Cons

    Research assistants are underpaid and overworked. Senior staff receive competitive pay but typically work evening, weekends, and holidays. Staff complaints about long working hours are typically ignored. Vice presidents are overworked and do not have time to share their knowledge. Not all vice presidents bother to meet with staff in person and get to know them.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid under-budgeting projects. Instead of sponsoring events, use the money for in-kind contribution to complex projects.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Anyplace but here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Staff are hard working people who care about what we do.

    Cons

    Poor management, especially HR/Human Capital leadership - very dysfunctional team. Prior employee engagement scores were about 40% across all categories. That should sum it up. Much better places to work.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Needs Management Reboot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is great and lots of time to work remote

    Cons

    Management has no self awareness for the lower level employees. The turnover rate is high


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Temp Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good entry level opportunity for recent graduates

    Cons

    management issues with communication on various topics


  7. "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)

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Only work here if you are desperate"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bagel Wednesday, cheap parking, baseball tickets

    Cons

    Everything else - only work here if don't mind being professionally abused.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the terrible management


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Good Pay Not Worth Deploying Broken Solutions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pay is competitive
    - Very good benefits
    - Good social opportunities

    Cons

    - Major issues with inter-departmental communication - solutions are forced upon IT by other departments without consultation
    - Issues with intra-departmental communications lead to solutions being deployed without other team's expertise
    - IT decisions are dictated by other departments
    - Constantly changing priorities lead to unfinished projects or poorly implemented solutions that are rushed to completion
    - No option for working Remotely (at least in IT)
    - Extremely high turnover in IT
    - Little room for advancement


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on Division"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people to work with both technically and personally.

    Cons

    Very cliquish in AST division; if you're not "in", you're nothing. Also, very little discipline in how things get done

    Advice to Management

    Stop being an oligarchy.


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