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Great place to get your feet wet in social science and policy research, but not a career destination.

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Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
Former Employee - Associate in Palo Alto, CA (US)

I worked at American Institutes for Research

Pros

Getting hands on experience with social science research. Having a structured process for academic work that will prepare you for graduate school or make proper use of the methods and techniques learned in academia

Cons

Salary pales in comparison to what your private sector colleagues will be making. There is definitely a glass ceiling based on your degree and pedigree. While one person with a Master's Degree has made it to the highest pay grade, that person is the exception, not the example.

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Learn how to transition business operations in light of changes associated with retirement of the founders and most experienced group leaders. The dissolve of one department over the last few years is a key example of what happens when one group leader leaves and there is no contingency plan or an insufficiently broad client base.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do as you say, not as you do.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at American Institutes for Research

    Pros

    Some colleagues are great, but others have no respect for you as a person with obligations outside of the office.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from headquarters & sr management to lower level workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication of problems or feedback from clients needs to be immediate and constructive. You say there should be no surprises at review, but they seem to come up every time.

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    AIR is a wonderful place for new researchers looking for a place to begin a career

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

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

    Pros

    Ethical, smart colleagues
    Lots of opportunities for training and learning
    Great office space in DC right on Georgetown waterfront
    The company cares about employees and professional growth and development

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to manage a work/ life balance particularly during "proposal season." Staff need to set personal boundaries about how much you are willing to work because there will always be more to do.

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    Invest in leadership training/ public speaking training for employees.

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