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28 days ago

HR Specialist (Benefits and HR Services)

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding… American Institutes for Research


22 days ago

Survey Methodologist

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

The Survey Methodologist will work with all aspects of survey operations, quality improvement, and data analysis. Specifically: -- Conducting and… American Institutes for Research


28 days ago

Systems Engineer II

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of more than a hundred software engineers, designers, project managers and software… American Institutes for Research


30+ days ago

Contracts Administrator - International Development

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

The American Institutes for Research is the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment… American Institutes for Research


30+ days ago

Health Economist

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

include identifying and implementing empirical approaches; developing conceptual frameworks that guide project work; serving as client contact for… American Institutes for Research


30+ days ago

Researcher

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a… American Institutes for Research


11 days ago

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

-Provides expertise in educational planning and management, specifically at the district level -Oversees implementation of the project's monitoring… American Institutes for Research


30+ days ago

Software QA Analyst II

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of more than a hundred software engineers, designers, project managers and software… American Institutes for Research


30+ days ago

Project Specialist

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of project managers, designers, and software specialists that are smart, creative and… American Institutes for Research


14 days ago

Senior Software Development Project Manager

American Institutes for Research Washington, DC

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    Pros

    AIR is a place where you can work with some truly outstanding people, and the clients are fantastic (USAID, Dept. of Ed, other non-profits).
    The work has a lot of social value.
    There is quite a bit of job security, only leadership seems to turn over at a quick rate (Principals, Directors, and VPs).
    The Georgetown location can't be beat.
    Generally, you will have a private office or lower level staff (non PhDs) will share an office. Not many cubicles.
    There are a lot of professional development opportunities for motivated staff, but in general, it's not covered time (it's on your own).

    Cons

    Leadership hasn't seemed to embrace the strategy of utilizing the personnel well. They seem to be looking for "the next huge contract" rather than doing great work in small chunks and organically developing that into huge projects. The CEO seems to read a lot of popular management books, and think somehow that applying those lessons to a bunch of self-motivated PhDs is going to work. This problem propagates through HR leadership, who seem to want to apply a bunch of off-the-shelf management products to a unique work environment.
    Because of this, there is little mid-level management support, and work-life balance suffers.
    The CEO and VPs also tend to ordain a few employees as stars and dump resources on them. Usually, this doesn't work out well. Leadership is incredibly undisciplined and in many cases unprofessional.
    Despite high turnover among higher level personnel, there is little back-filling of leadership positions internally. So there's not really the kind of upward mobility you would expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be disciplined about not going after external talent until you have proven that internal staff is not up to the job. Consider objective criteria for promotion at the lower levels, and developing individual plans for upper level staff to transition into leadership roles.
    Stop looking for the home run. Play small ball for a while and wait until a great opportunity hits you in the face (like NCLB did).

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