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American Institutes for Research Reviews

Updated 20 Jun 2019

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American Institutes for Research CEO David Myers
David Myers
141 Ratings
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  • "Work-life balance could be terrible depending on the project/project leader(in 48 reviews)

  • "Upper management and senior management stonewall often(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place For Professional Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AIR is a great place to work. Besides the fact the AIR has a great mission, I really like the flexible work arrangements (can work remote), diverse staff, and the professional development tools and resources are great!

    Cons

    AIR can be very hierarchical at times but I know that AIR is working on changing that sentiment of the company's culture.

    Advice to Management

    I notice your efforts and continue to work on transparency.

    American Institutes for Research2019-06-20
  2. "Excellent Opportunity to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I came to AIR as a very nontraditional candidate and have enjoyed many exciting opportunities at the company. I have worked in several different capacities in my four years at the company and have been given tremendous opportunities for growth. Flexible work hours are a big plus at this company as is remote work and casual dress code. In my experience, there have been many opportunities to assume leadership roles...

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    Cons

    The company could be more agile

    American Institutes for Research2019-06-14
  3. "good enviornment"

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Analyst 

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice people and friendly work environment

    Cons

    not so many restaurants around

    American Institutes for Research2019-06-04
  4. "Interesting Job Experience...zero growth"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No work during the summer months, great pay IF you get hired on

    Cons

    Rarely hire, get rid of you during summer, no growth within job, catty upper management

    American Institutes for Research2019-06-04
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Needs some changes"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. You get to work with some really amazing and inspiring individuals. 2. Meaningful and interesting work. 3. Great benefits. 4. Nice offices.

    Cons

    I can't comment on the assessment work, but the professional services side of the business has been suffering from a slow and steady decline for years. You can feel this stagnation all through the organization, and morale has really taken a hit. The CEO reorganized the company structure a few years ago. This has yielded few, if any, tangible benefits. He is now touting a new strategic plan which, based on early...

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    Advice to Management

    The board needs to bring in new blood. The top level of execs have to be replaced. A pretty significant purge of other upper level managers also needs to occur. If nothing changes we are going to continue to slowly bleed out. We do amazing work here, but we need fresh leadership with new ideas and approaches.

    American Institutes for Research2019-06-07
  6. "great place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time

      Pros

      great colleagues who work well together

      Cons

      large organization so can be difficult to navigate

      American Institutes for Research2019-05-24
    • "Great place to grow!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at American Institutes for Research full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      You get to be involved in a lot of projects

      Cons

      Some disorganization and unclear directions

      American Institutes for Research2019-05-24
    • "Great place to start a career in public policy"

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

      I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Work with smart people, vey nice mangers, competitive salary, good benefits

      Cons

      Sometimes boring is work, too nerdy, lack of visa sponsorship

      Advice to Management

      Sponsor work visas for international students

      American Institutes for Research2019-05-23
    • Helpful (4)

      "Compensate your employees"

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      Former Employee - Research Assistant II in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at American Institutes for Research full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Very brilliant researchers; important work

      Cons

      Terrible work environment; no opportunity/track for advancement. Poor mentorship. Must leave for advanced degree, but staff isn't concerned in your growth. Overworking long hours for terrible pay. RA's are expected to solve high-level problems without being equipped with the knowledge of work-flow. Aggressive male leadership. Kind mid-level employees.

      Advice to Management

      Pay your entry-level staff and respect their time. Bagel Wednesday is not enough.

      American Institutes for Research2019-05-27
    • Helpful (1)

      "High Stress, Low Pay, No Growth!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at American Institutes for Research

      Pros

      Aside from few bad apples, majority of those I worked directly with were really great people who care about me personally and professionally.

      Cons

      Work hours within Assessment are unacceptable. I was repeatedly asked to work nights, weekends, and even holidays. If you join AIR as a Junior level employee with a Bachelor's degree there is a high likelihood that you will never be anything other than a Junior level employee. In my experience it did not matter how hard you worked, if you earned an advanced degree or certificate outside of work, or if you repeatedly...

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      Advice to Management

      I cannot remember a time where management was receptive to advice, so I'll take this time to address potential employees... they prey on recent grads to come work here because they are inexpensive to pay and generally inexperienced with respect to how normal companies operate. My advice is to seek out a company that supports and takes the time to professionally develop employees. At AIR I had no such experience and felt...

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      American Institutes for Research2019-06-15
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