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grant funded non-profit
Senior Turnaround/Transformation Consultant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 11, 2017
Little accountability for results for clients; lack of respect for employees; "top down" management; politically driven; esoteric culture--lack of results in education improvement through consulting.
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If you need a paycheck until you find a permanent job w/ benefits apply here
Systems Support Analyst- Tier 2 (Former Employee) –  Reston, VAJune 12, 2017
Pros:
-Quick hiring process (this should've been a red flag)
-Free coffee, soda, & water
-Free bagels on Wednesdays
-Good co-workers


Cons:
-No job security as temp worker (short notice when finding out your contract is over- not the 6 months that was advertised- although its better than last year where people got 24 hours notice)
-Useless middle management (not entirely sure some people at the company actually do all day]
-No real ability to advance
-No career or skills growth opportunities
-They won't be a reference for you for future employers (they said this is company policy and they can only refer anyone asking to HR to confirm your employment)
-Virtually all the systems support tier 2 staff is on an hourly pay scale as opposed to salary. To my surprise, as a temp I was making more than the majority of them.


I only recommend this job until you find something permanent. No real possibilities for being retained and even then no real abilitiy to advance.
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flexible
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 22, 2017
AIR is a flexible organization but has no work life balance and they need to work on management. The culture here is non existent as nobody comes into the office anymore.
Pros
flexibility
Cons
bad management
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Great place to work with opportunities for advancement
Senior Research Analyst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 4, 2017
Loved working there. Opportunities for travel and advancement. culture was collegiate. Work place had much support, highest level of technology. Planned opportunities to celebrate success. Monthly free food inorder to perpetuate staff familiarity and support.
Pros
planned opportunities to celebrate success.
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No progression from Entry-Level or Temp jobs
Quality Control Assistant (Current Employee) –  Georgetown, DCApril 25, 2017
If you end up in assessment, this is a temp job. Don't be fooled by recruiters saying it's a foot in the door. You may be able to make some connections, but this job is essentially breaking rocks into smaller rocks. Any Assessment or quality control position is simply a good "while you're looking" job. Not awful, but definitely not challenging to a person trying to do data analytics.

Also any Quality Control Analyst position is just a QC assistant. they pay undergrads a flat rate and if you have a masters you get a little more. Need I say it again? Temp Job.
Pros
chill environment, good temp job
Cons
No room for advancement, no reward system, no way of knowing if your a good employee
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Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 25, 2017
Would not like entering anything now. Been working here for a while. I am not comfortable posting this at the moment. Be it positive or negative. May do in future.
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Very Boring
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 15, 2017
Mundane, data entry and QC control -- expected to perform one to two tasks for 8 hours per day. Supervisors were very nice and fair, but the job itself was excruciatingly dull.
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You will gain a lot of experience, but you will work hard
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCApril 12, 2017
Be ready to work long hours and some weekends. However you will gain a lot of experience.Check your ego at the door. Everyone is working toward the same goal and truly care about the outcome.
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Good Place to work and learn but not great to move up
I-O Psychologist Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCApril 3, 2017
It is a great environment with great people but if you are looking to move up there are limited positions. Otherwise great place to learn and grow skills.
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Project Management + Client Management
Technical Project Manager II (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCApril 1, 2017
Project Management + Client Management
This company offers great exposure for people who are willing to take initiatives and committed to deliver. Fast paced and strict deliverable timelines is a must.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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