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Decent Option in this Industry
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 8, 2016
Pay and benefits are good if you can climb the ladder. Climbing the ladder mostly requires you to sacrifice work-life balance and focus heavily on bringing in business and dollars. Org is more likely to poach someone from outside than to promote from within, with the exception of those internal folks who can bring in dollars.
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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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Traveling with this job gave me such a great experience and wonderful opportunities
Data Collector (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCJanuary 24, 2017
It was such a fun job. It took me places I've never been to. I was able to meet so many people in so many cultures. It was the best work experience ever!
Pros
Great pay and traveling to cool places was awesome
Cons
Unorganized in their collection of data
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Air
NOC Analyst/Systems Engineer (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCJanuary 8, 2017
American Institutes for Research is a boring place to work at with almost no career advancement opportunities. With two distinct office locations, miscommunication is a norm.
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Fun workplace
Help Desk / Tier 1 Support (Current Employee) –  Columbus, OHJanuary 31, 2017
Responsible for replies to internal customer emails, phone calls, voicemails, and IT Support/ Help Desk Ticket/ Case closures, including project team and tier 2 and 3 escalations and inquiries regarding policy and procedure for state testing requirements and system troubleshooting of for grades K through 12 for state Department of Education.
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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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Awesome work/life balance, everything else is lackluster
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 18, 2012
Work with people interested in what their doing and are generally interesting. Great work life balance... not expected to put in crazy long hours (only on rare occasion). Lots of food leftover from meetings. Management is pretty hit or miss. Terrible corporate structure for advancement - hardly merit based. Benefits are alright, but salary is terrible.
Pros
good work life balance, frequent free food, everyone has an office
Cons
poor management, low salary, little opportunity for advancement, sometime terrible clients
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Fast paced, corporate, but friendly work place
Item Writer, Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 10, 2014
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, 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.
Pros
Not-for-profit, Free coffee and soda, friendly people
Cons
Inefficient management, unnecessary stress implied on temp employees
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A company providing services for communities worldwide
Assessment Editor (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 30, 2013
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 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.
Pros
Flexible work schedule, tons of benefits, positive culture, generous salaries
Cons
I'm sure there are some somewhere.
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Lovely people, nice work life balanced
Java Developer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 10, 2016
I worked there for half year. There are really great people. As long as you manage your time well, you have plenty of time to enjoy your life.
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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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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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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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Contract Multimedia Developer (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 26, 2016
everyone is very nice. I worked a very short contract for a fire alarm project, but everyone treated my very respectfully.
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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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Lower level employees treated like temps.
Communications and marketing (Former Employee) –  Health divisionMarch 17, 2012
Though some of the work is interesting, and the benefits aren't bad, upper management has no respect for those at lower levels--treating them as suspect resources to be chewed up without any serious prospect of advancement (unless you're the favorite of the right supervisor).
Pros
good healthcare, fairly flexible in terms of schedule
Cons
no respect, incompetence rewarded, little challenge, no internal communication, no cohesion
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Nice company and learned teachers to work with, cooperative and friendly envionment
Test Item Consultant (Current Employee) –  1000 Thomas Jefferson ST NW DCFebruary 24, 2014
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 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 ).
Pros
bagles and fruit every Friday.
Cons
No parking, ambiguous career progression
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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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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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An awesome place to gain hands-on experience
Information Technology Assistant Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 1, 2014
A very good place to start an IT career. The management and staff are very friendly and always there when you need help. I had great learning experience there as an IT intern.
Pros
Great culture and work environment.
Cons
If you are dependent on Metro, you might run into some timing issues.
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