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"Getting ahead depends on who you know rather than performance"

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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 5 years)

Pros

With offices around the country, everyone is used to having to work with staff that is located remotely, so the infrastructure is in place for when I need to telecommute. This allows for a better work-life balance.

Cons

It's not an equal playing field. Recognition and promotion depends on who your staff manager is and who you know. When AIR acquired one company a few years ago, all new staff from that company automatically received a promotion of a level or two, so that people that came in from the new company with only a couple of years experience out of college were on par with people who had that same number of years of experience and a Ph.D. because the new VP pushed for them.

Advice to Management

Be honest with staff! It's very unfair to say, "You need to do x, y, and z to get a promotion," and then not give out a promotion when x, y, and z are accomplished. What staff needs to do to get ahead shouldn't be a secret and shouldn't depend on who your staff manager happens to be.

Other Employee Reviews for American Institutes for Research

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Could be better, could be worse"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some leaders are very passionate about their work.
    Many of my colleagues are very smart.
    AIR has a diverse range of projects that can provide some variety and interesting work.
    Great benefits.
    Flexibility is great. The most important focus is getting the work done, but you can shape your schedule within reason.
    AIR's HQ is located near the Georgetown waterfront. This is a great area for lunch breaks, especially when the weather is nice.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great, especially for those of us who are willing to work hard. A lot of hours are donated to business development.
    Hit or miss project management can be frustrating.
    While the pay is fair, it is not great.
    It's very difficult to get promoted.
    Very little racial diversity in senior positions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees at all levels, especially junior levels.
    Train project directors and leaders. It's not enough to be subject matter experts.
    Senior managers need to get in touch with what is happening on lower levels.
    Improve career paths for hard working people who want to move up.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly invironment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Tester in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Software Tester in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    working environment is great. People and great to work with

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say about the company

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