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Friendly coworkers, caring staff managers, low pay

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Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC (US)
Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC (US)

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

Pros

I really love working here. Coworkers are pretty friendly towards each other. They are the type of people you also want to hang out with outside the workplace.

Projects are also very interesting. The projects allow for personal growth and development. The staff manager that you usually are paired up with is one who pretty much lines up with what you'd like to tailor your career path.

Depending on who your project director is, it is also nice to be able to purchase books for your own personal development (as long as the book is relevant to your project).

The company has pretty good benefits (health, dental, and vision). The premium you pay is pretty low compared to other companies. They have an annual gala where everyone dress up. They also give out tickets for a Nationals game each year.

Cons

Research assistants and research associates are not paid very well compared to others in the industry (even when compared to other non-profits). Promotions are not just based on merit- it also depends on how long you've put in your time and it also depends on your credentials.

It's also very hard to climb the ladder because there are only a few levels to climb. A few people have been stuck as a research associate or researcher without being promoted for a long time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your research assistants and research associates better so that they won't be tempted to leave.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    In the 10 years I have been with the company, I have seen tremendous growth.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and collegial environment. Good work/life balance too.

    Cons

    CEO and senior management have a disconnect with junior staff.

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    Health division is poorly managed and lacks interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    The company has a great reputation, benefits, and work/life balance. Schedules are flexible, and there is an option to telecommute sometimes.

    Cons

    The work is mostly administrative and often hard to come by. The new health innovation sub-division is unorganized and poorly managed. As a result, many project associates and project specialists do not have enough work to stay busy on a consistent basis, breeding unnecessary competition and territorial behavior. The salary is on the low-side as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to junior staff and put more effort into effectively managing large projects.

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