Scoring Trainer (Current Employee), Columbus, OH – April 28, 2015
Pros: Good wages, relaxed environment, flexibilty
Cons: Lack of consistent hours
A typical day involves working 8:00am-4:30pm, training small groups of scorers on rubrics for scoring assessments. Management provides a relaxed atmosphere and lots of schedule flexibility. The compensation – more... is also adequate. The only downside is that scoring projects aren't always happening, so there will often be weeks, even months at a time where no work is available. This job is best for people looking for supplementary income, or who are between jobs and need temporary income. – less
Graphic designer (Current Employee), Washington DC – March 31, 2015
Pros: Good work environment, flexible hours, not dress code, Good location
Cons: salary is not too good, the work can be hard and suddenly really slow.
I love the location, The work environment is really good and they make nice parties and activities for the employees. They are flexible with the work hours and also you can work from home when the weather – more... is no too good. They don't have a dress code, what is really comfortable. The people who work there is really nice The bad part is that the payments are not really good and the company have long period of times when the work is really slow. – less
Item Writer II (Current Employee), Washington, DC – December 2, 2014
Pros: coworkers are friendly
Cons: unreasonable work expectations, poor compensation
Management has absolutely no idea how the regular day to day work is done (and will impose arbitrary changes without consulting the tams as to how this will affect their work process. For a salaried 40 – more... hour work week, it is not uncommon to end up working 60. Because the rate of people quitting vastly outweighs the people getting hired, job security is good. The work environment is pleasant; a shared misery attitude where everyone pulls more than their weight because they don't want to let down their coworkers – less
Senior Researcher (Current Employee), Washington, DC – October 21, 2014
Excellent benefits. Promotion system needs an overhaul. Promotions rely too heavily on business development rather than taking into consideration what individuals are really skilled at and writing proposals may not be their strongest skill set.
Item Writer, Graphic Designer (Former Employee), Washington, DC – July 10, 2014
Pros: not-for-profit, free coffee and soda, friendly people
Cons: inefficient management, unnecessary stress implied on temp employees
I felt good about working at AIR. I thought the standardized tests we were developing were fair and of much better quality than the ones I had in school.
We were using software to emulate artistic applications, – more... which was something that has never been done before in standardized testing. Not only that, but AIR is the only company to be developing tests for the visual arts.
I worked hard and got along well with most everyone. There were some concerns I had about the management, but they never got in the way of me doing my job, and receiving much praise in the process.
When the project was coming to an end, my services were no longer needed and I declined a management position because I felt I was not ready to be in charge of other people. – less
Sr. Director/VP - Employee Services and HRIS (Current Employee), Washington, DC – May 19, 2014
Great place to work. The people are driven to improving the lives of others. The co-workers are easy to get along with and the work is exciting. The company cares for their employees, and they have great benefits.
Nice company and learned teachers to work with, cooperative and friendly envionment
Test Item Consultant (Current Employee), 1000 Thomas Jefferson ST NW DC – February 24, 2014
Pros: bagles and fruit every friday.
Cons: no parking, ambiguous career progression
AIR is a decent company with an objective which is gratifying and morally elevating. It has a nice and sober culture with friendly people and diverse ethnic representation. Pace is not too fast and deadlines – more... are not dreadful and unrealistic. Anyhow at AIR everybody takes the responsibility seriously. The only thing that needs improvement is the increasing trend to elongate temporary / probationary period of employs for extended period of time ( despite the fact that the managers like and appreciate your work they are helpless when you ask them for a permanent position for yourself ). – less
Web Developer (Former Employee), Silver Spring, Maryland – September 3, 2013
Pros: free drinks, free parking, good benefits
Cons: compensation below average
Did not have the greatest leaders but my coworkers were passionate about the company. If you did not have a good manager your career growth was limited. Culture is fun and vibrant...never a dull moment
A company providing services for communities worldwide
Assessment Editor (Former Employee), Washington, DC – April 30, 2013
Pros: flexible work schedule, tons of benefits, positive culture, generous salaries
Cons: i'm sure there are some somewhere.
The AIR assessment staff have interesting jobs. A typical day for editors would involve reading and editing test questions for standardized tests; proofreading client-approved materials; and editing letters – more... and booklets to go to parents, teachers, principals, and school boards. Editing graphics includes size, placement on the page, and consistency throughout test booklets by state. Proposals, statistical reports, and articles targeted for journal submission help round out the day. Co-workers are pleasant and happy to help each other. Management is effective, but not looking over everyone's shoulder. The hardest part of the day is when work runs out; the best is when piles of work to be done are sitting, waiting, aching to be done. – less
Cons: unstable work environment, heirarchical management, limited opportunity for growth
AIR is a nice place to gain experience for young professionals fresh out of school. However, you will soon find that your purpose at AIR will be served within a year or two. Co-workers are generally friendly – more... and helpful, but you must be cautious of those in management roles. Often they look out for their best interest and not the interests of their hardworking employees. I have found it to be unstable with many managerial and role shifts and have often been unclear as to what my role is. The hardest part of the job is the instability. The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with many friendly colleagues who are often willing to help. – less