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Great culture, smart people
Score Reporting Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 9, 2016
Everybody is willing to help you learn and answer any questions you may have. It's a great company. I really enjoyed working there.
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Productive and challenging job but also balanced life
IT Intern/Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 28, 2016
DOJ's Asset Forfeiture Management Staff (AFMS) comprises of several departments including it's information security team. Forfeiture Systems's (FS) security team deals with continuous monitoring, incident response, vulnerability assessment, vulnerability remediation, working with various security tools, and analysis of vulnerable findings within AFMS networks. The essential part and the most challenging part of the job was to maintain a good security posture so management would be satisfied with overall security structure. The most enjoyable part of the team was the flexibility in work schedules and balance between professional and personal life.
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Beware this organization
Research Scientist (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 27, 2016
Recently, AIR laid off over 30 employees within less than 24 hours time without any sort of warning. Several of the people who were laid off had been with the company for over 10 years, yet their career at AIR was over in an instant. Even worse, many project directors and staff managers had no idea what was happening and had to scramble to get the leftover work done when the employees who were laid off suddenly disappeared without being able to turn in their deliverables...The whole thing was a management nightmare, and the employees left behind are now unsettled, demoralized, and live in constant fear that another round of layoffs will occur whereby they'll lose their jobs. In addition, AIR hires people based on a certain area of expertise or skill set that individuals have that they think will be put to use. Though once most people land a job there, they immediately find out that their job security and stability depends on getting a certain percentage of their time covered on numerous projects, many of which may be completely unrelated to their skill set.

Promotions only occur for individuals based on cronyism and favoritism from upper management, and has little to do with whether a person has been there for a long time or actually does their job well. I honestly am surprised to see so many people on here are stating that AIR provides a pleasant and collaborative working environment--it doesn't!!! Overall, it's a very toxic work environment with a serious lack of diversity among upper management, which is both shameful and ironic given that the so-called mission of the
  more... company is to improve the lives of the "disadvantaged". On the whole, the only people that get help improving their lives at AIR are well-educated, well-connected individuals from historically advantaged groups who find their ways into cliques with upper management.

The best advice most employees, particularly those from historically underrepresented, marginalized groups, is to stay for a short while while learning all that you can, and do your best for as long as you're able to deal with the constant lack of upward mobility, belittlement, and consistently biased treatment from upper management. And if someone is abusive or treating you poorly once you land a job there, don't even think about going to HR for help. Almost everyone in the company knows that HR is a joke primarily built to protect upper management no matter how egregious their behavior.
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Pros
Nice location, free bagels on Wednesdays
Cons
Non-collaborative and hostile work environment with little room for promotion.
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Fun Workplace
Accounts Payable Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 23, 2016
My supervisor and co-workers were excellent people too work with. Great team players always available to lend a helping hand. Never complained and all our projects wee turned in on time.
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Would not recommend this company
Human Capital Partner (Current Employee) –  DC - District of Columbia, DCMay 18, 2016
Would not recommend this company. Salaries are low compared to market. Staff managers are not very supportive. Turnover is high.
Pros
Work with great people
Cons
management and staff managers
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Always getting problems to resolve
Network/System Support Engineer Tier II (Current Employee) –  VirginiaApril 28, 2016
AIR is a place you can develop yourself and gives flexibility by not thinking outside the box but thinking like there is no box. There a lot of seasoned individual who support you in case there is a gridlock on case you are working on.
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Great place to work
Web Development Operations Specialist / DevOps (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 1, 2016
Really professional place to work and an every day learning lesson
management give you the opportunity to interact in different projects.
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Terrible Place to work
Test Developer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 4, 2016
This is a terrible place to work. Employees are not treated as people but more like things that they need to make ends meet and discarded easily. They do not value hard work and loyalty.
Pros
Free coffee and bagels
Cons
too much work, too little pay, terrible management
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Was let go over (Installing FileZilla)
ASCM NOC (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 2, 2016
I was let go by the VP, just because I installed FileZilla Software and the installation happened under IT service desk supervision and ticketed and for some reason my laptop was infected.

I was hired as a temp for among with 5 other temps, after one year they hired 3 female as a full time and the hiring was not based on qualification other than who do you know in the department.
The other 2 male temp who are still temp they know way more than others, but just because they don't have anyone and they are guys.

One of the converters has the experience but the other 2 has nothing to do with IT ( Assesment Department)

If you are a temp or a contractor you are second degree Citizen I have never felt this disrespected during my career like I felt at AIR.
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Data Analyst (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 19, 2015
Fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount
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Productive and friendly place with awesome coffee
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 20, 2015
I worked as temporary stuff for the assessment department in this non-profit organization. Because of my temporary status, I didn't have my own office as other formal employees. Although my title for the position was research assistant, my daily duty and responsibility didn't seem to have much relationship with research or analysis. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed my job working alongside my colleagues and learning from them. I made a really good friend from this job and had a excellent and intelligent leader.
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Fast-paced, collaborative environment with the opportunity to work on many projects.
Project Director and Digital Strategist (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDSeptember 16, 2015
This is a fast paced, collaborative environment with the opportunity to work on many projects across various sectors, primarily government.
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Good work environement and interesting job profile
Technical Project Manager Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington DCMay 5, 2015
Fun place to work with. Teammates are helpful. Good work life balance. No politics. Project profile is very interesting and job profile too.
Pros
Good work and environment to work in.
Cons
Less pay
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Good work if you can get it consistently.
Scoring Trainer (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHApril 28, 2015
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 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.
Pros
Good wages, relaxed environment, flexibilty
Cons
Lack of consistent hours
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Good job culture
Test Development Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 31, 2015
casual office, had inter-office sports, people went to happy hours, bagel day was a thing. Basically a fun place to work even though my job was pretty boring.
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Good company
Graphic designer (Current Employee) –  Washington DCMarch 31, 2015
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 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.
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.
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Great place to work
Help Desk Analyst (Current Employee) –  columbus, ohioMarch 9, 2015
Provide over the phone support for clients in a fun and friendly environment. The staff and supervisors are great to work with and are very supportive. Relaxed atmoshpere.
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This is a job, not a career
Item Writer II (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 2, 2014
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 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
Pros
coworkers are friendly
Cons
unreasonable work expectations, poor compensation
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Great location.
Senior Researcher (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 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.
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A solid internship experience
Reporting Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 17, 2014
The staff was incredibly nice. A lot of the work was straightforward and sometimes really repetitive.
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