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Good work environement and interesting job profile
Technical Project Manager Intern (Former Employee), Washington DCMay 5, 2015
Pros: Good work and environment to work in.
Cons: Less pay
Fun place to work with. Teammates are helpful. Good work life balance. No politics. Project profile is very interesting and job profile too.
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Good work if you can get it consistently.
Scoring Trainer (Current Employee), Columbus, OHApril 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 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.
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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
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 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.
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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
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 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
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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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lower mgmt seems clueless
QA Tester (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 26, 2014
Pros: free bagels once a week....great location
Cons: idiot junior managers
mgmt just doesn't seem to understand the technical aspects of those under them.
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Productive mission driven organization
Sr. Director/VP - Employee Services and HRIS (Current Employee), Washington, DCMay 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.
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Great Place
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Washington, DCApril 15, 2014
a typical day at work
what you learned
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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
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 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 ).
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A very fun and dedicated work environment with a very talented bunch of developers team.
Software Developer, Intern (Former Employee), Washington DCFebruary 2, 2014
a typical day at work: You don't feel very tired by the end of the day mentally which is a great thing that every one desires.

I learned many new things, right from working as a team, to the professionalism shown by all the team members in the work place.

Having said that it is needless to say that you will be working around one of the best development team with very talented and experienced co-workers.

the most enjoyable part of the job is that all the team members meet up at lunch and there is not even a single work related talk there.

In short, a place worth working at. Don't miss the opportunity if you land a job here.
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An awesome place to gain hands-on experience
Information Technology Assistant Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCJanuary 1, 2014
Pros: great culture and work environment.
Cons: if you are dependent on metro, you might run into some timing issues.
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.
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Web Developer (Former Employee), Silver Spring, MarylandSeptember 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
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Excellent benefits and staff
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 20, 2013
Pros: great environment, mission, benefits and staff
Cons: lack of transparency and loyalty to tenured staff
American Institutes for Research and staff provides a wonderful service to educational, health and international development.
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High Quality Contract Work
Staffer (Current Employee), CaliforniaJuly 9, 2013
Motivated and extremely academic staff
Autonomous work environment
Fast-paced, deadline oriented
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Everyone works at a high personal standard, refreshing
Statistical Support Associate/Research Assistant (Current Employee), Washington, DCJuly 3, 2013
This was my first after graduating from college, and I feel very lucky to be working there.
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A company providing services for communities worldwide
Assessment Editor (Former Employee), Washington, DCApril 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 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.
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Friendly, casual workplace with lots of benefits but extremely unstable work environment
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Washington, DCApril 1, 2013
Pros: employee events, happy hours, lunches, socials
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 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.

About American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) lives and breathes to enhance human performance. The not-for-profit organization conducts – Read more