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"Collegial atmosphere, bright employees, slow organization"

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Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Collegiate atmosphere
- Collaborative/project-based work
- Quality work (as opposed to bigger firms)
- Cross-discipline work (Workforce, Education, Healthcare, etc.)
- Respect and trust among novice employees
- Support for professional research (at least within the Workforce group)

Cons

- Slow organization
- Not very innovative
- Say they value work/life balance, but not always (depends on project manager)
- Pay is lower than bigger firms (Booze, Deloite, etc.)

Advice to Management

- Implement some of the innovative HR stuff you promote in resaearch
- Utilize the organizational psychology experts you have to enhance your own internal HR processes
- Really demonstrate you value work/life balance

Other Employee Reviews for American Institutes for Research

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great location, boring work, lackluster employees, pretty dry and unexciting"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in Georgetown
    Metro benefits

    Cons

    Absolute no chance of moving up without more and more education
    Little attention given to your interests
    As an RA - traded around by project managers
    Everyone is a bit on the nerdy, quiet side

    Advice to Management

    Engage RAs more, ask for feedback


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Favoritism, Mediocrity, and Incompetence"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have your own office. You can close the door if you have noisy neighbors.

    Cons

    - Rampant favoritism in the Health Program. Promotion is not merit-based.
    - Most members of senior leadership of the Health Program lack experience in quantitative policy research and are uninformed about current health policy issues. One senior manager (who is not a native speaker of English) has a shaky grasp of the English grammar and often wrote emails that didn't make sense at all. Another senior manager has no research experience to speak off, but she was repeated proposed as project director simply because all she did was to name-drop powerful people she claimed she knew.
    - Senior leadership lacks professionalism in their treatment of junior and mid-level staff.
    - Very tedious work. It is doubtful whether AIR's works have any policy consequences at all.
    - Senior leadership refuses to invest in staff's job training, even on skill sets that are central to the staff's works.
    - There is a lack of collegiality. People are reluctant to chat with you even if you reach out, unless you have the same charge codes with them.

    Advice to Management

    1. You can't attract or keep competent new staff unless your senior leadership is knowledgeable, courteous, and inspiring.
    2. You can't stay competitive if you charge high hourly rates for works that can easily be done by someone without an advanced degree.

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